Otto J. Guenther Receives Alumni Community Service Award from McDaniel College

Otto J. Guenther of Fairfax Station, Va., is a 1963 alumnus of McDaniel College

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WESTMINSTER, MD (10/25/2013)(readMedia)-- Otto J. Guenther of Fairfax Station, Va., has received the alumni community service award from McDaniel College. He is a 1963 alumnus of the college.

Presented annually during McDaniel's Homecoming, the alumni community service award is given to a graduate who has performed outstanding voluntary service to their community beyond normal business or professional obligations.

The highest-ranking military officer ever to graduate from the college, Guenther majored in economics and was a member of the College Choir and chaplain of his fraternity, Gamma Beta Chi, as a student at Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College.

Guenther became the U.S. Army's first chief information officer in 1995 and served as the director of Information Systems at the Pentagon until his retirement in 1997. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge with four Oak Leaf Clusters.

After his military career, he served as the vice president and general manager for the federal division of Computer Associates followed by an administrative role at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Tactical Systems Division.

Currently, Guenther serves on the McDaniel Board of Trustees. He also is a mentor for students at both McDaniel and the Virginia Military Institute, and has served as president of the Association of the United States Army's George Washington chapter helping veterans and wounded warriors.

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McDaniel College, recognized nationally among "40 Colleges that Change Lives" and U.S. News top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 25 highly regarded graduate programs. Its hallmark faculty-student collaborations in research, teaching and mentoring plus hundreds of leadership and service opportunities enrich a lively learning experience that is rooted in a personalized interdisciplinary and global curriculum. Innovative January courses take students to points all over the world while McDaniel's degree-granting European campus offers a unique opportunity for international study at the only American university in Budapest, Hungary. A diverse and close-knit community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,560 part-time graduate students, McDaniel also boasts a spectacular 160-acre hilltop campus in Westminster, Md., an hour or less from Baltimore, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay, an Amtrak station and BWI international airport.