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Sigma Beta Delta Society Honors Alum and Board Member Dan Cunningham, '71

What's New, 2013-04-04

The Walsh Chapter of Sigma Beta Delta honored 1971 Walsh alum and Board of Directors member Dan Cunningham for his exceptional service to the DeVille School of Business at the annual Induction Ceremony on Friday, April 5.

Sigma Beta Delta is the international honor society for students in business, management, and administration and serves institutions that offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees in business, management, and administration.  Acceptance into Sigma Beta Delta is by invitation only and recognizes students who have demonstrated scholastic excellence in their business studies.  During the April 5 special ceremony, 32 students were also inducted into the Walsh Chapter.

Daniel P. Cunningham graduated from Walsh College in 1971 with a bachelor of arts in Spanish.  He went on to the University of Akron where he earned his law degree.  Before joining his alma mater as an adjunct professor, Dan was Senior Vice President, Legal Services, of Akron General Medical Center, a position from which he retired just a few years ago.

Dan’s service to Walsh has been characterized by a deep commitment, and over the years he has been very supportive of the University and its students.  He was an Admissions Counselor for Walsh during the early 1970s.  He joined the Walsh Board of Directors in 2006 and currently serves as Vice Chairman.

Dan is a committed community volunteer as well, having given time and talents to a number of organizations in his home community of Stow, Ohio, including the board of the Kelly Reeves Memorial Foundation, volunteer with Catholic Charities Summit County and his parish, Holy Family, of which he has been a member since 1978. He is a devoted family man. Together with wife MaryEllen Vaughn Cunningham, also a Walsh graduate, he raised two children, Patrick and Bridget, both of whom have married and have begun families of their own.

Acceptance into Sigma Beta Delta is open to the students at the main Walsh campus, students in the School of Professional Studies and MBA Candidates. Candidates for bachelor's and master's degree who rank in the upper 20% of their class at the time of invitation to membership may be inducted into membership following completion of at least one-half of the degree program in which they are enrolled. Undergraduates may be inducted as early as their junior year.