MSU Billings Alumni Relations

2014 Montana State University Billings
Outstanding Alumni Award Winners

Thomas Powell

Dr. Thomas Powell, Distinguished Alumnus. Dr. Powell graduated from MSU Billings (then Eastern Montana College) in 1976 and 1979 with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in special education. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Powell worked with several programs for adults with special needs including the YWCA and Yellowstone County Special Education Cooperative Services. Powell has been very involved in the special needs community and during his time as a student he ran one of the first group homes for adults with disabilities in Billings. Powell and his wife Irene also opened Support and Technology for Empowering People (STEP). STEP is a community-based program that helps families to maintain their child with developmental disabilities in their home. He presently serves as they 24th President of Mount Saint Mary’s University.

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Lenette Kosovich, Merit Medallion Award. Kosovich graduated from MSU Billings in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies. While working as the Director of Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, the Regional Director for the Health Access Call Center, and the Human Resources Director for St. Vincent Health Care, Kosovich obtained her master’s degree in health administration. She works as the CEO of the Rimrock Foundation.

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Joe Harrington, Recognition for Exceptional Achievement. Harrington graduated from MSU Billings in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and received a master’s degree in mental health and rehabilitation counseling in 1992. He is a case manager with the Mental Health Center, based out of The HUB.
Tom Ferro, Recognition for Exceptional Achievement. Ferro graduated from MSU Billings (then Eastern Montana College) with a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in English in 1977 and a master’s degree in school counseling in 1980. Tom is currently a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in private practice.
Gayle Carter, Exceptional Achievement. Carter graduated from MSU Billings (then Eastern Montana College) with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1968. She has been involved in a variety of organizations including GFWC Billings Junior Woman's Club, Billings Education Association member (Teacher of the Year 2003) and Friends of the Billings Public Library 

Brent Roberts, Ronald P. Sexton Award for Professional Commitment to the University. Roberts serves as the Director of the MSU Billings Library. He received his master’s degree in public relations in 2008. This award is named for former chancellor Dr. Ronald P. Sexton and will be awarded periodically to alumni who dedicated their professional careers to serving students and the university.

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"" See also: Nomination Process and Award Criteria

"" Outstanding Alumni of the Past: 2000s | 1990s | 1980s

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