KOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo named Alan Biggs as the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award. Biggs, who earned a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from IU Kokomo in 2001, will be recognized and presented the award during Commencement on Tuesday, May 10.
Biggs, vice president of financial services and chief financial officer at Howard Regional Health System, not only serves on numerous community boards, but also sits on statewide health councils and volunteers time to IU Kokomo Alumni Association committees and fundraisers.
“I was deeply moved to receive the distinguished alumni award. To say honored isn’t close enough,” said Biggs, a Logansport resident. “You do all these things, both with your career and also with your community, not for recognition, but to satisfy some internal drive – some ‘itch’ to make things better – to make the most of your opportunities, to honor those who have had faith in you. You do them ultimately to make your place in the world a little better for your family, your friends, and your community.”
Biggs earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from IU Bloomington in 1991, and held accounting positions before being hired at Logansport Memorial Hospital as the chief financial officer in 1997. He later advanced to chief operating officer and served as the interim CEO for five months in 2010. It was during his 14 years with Logansport Memorial that he was motivated by CEO George Poor to pursue a master’s degree.
“The experience of earning my M.B.A. while holding down a demanding full-time job and raising a family helped me see that I could balance several things at once, including time and support for community, church and children’s activities,” said Biggs. “It was the best feeling imaginable, that people would think of me for this award and would think I was worthy of such an award. It really gave me a boost and inspires me to want to continue doing whatever I can to help make my place in the world a little better.”
Chancellor Michael Harris applauds Biggs for his desire to give back to IU Kokomo, and is pleased he was recognized with this award.
“Alan is very deserving of this award, and I am grateful for his contributions to IU Kokomo,” Harris said. “One of our goals at IU Kokomo is to build meaningful and long-lasting relationships. With the help of alumni like Alan, we will be sure to make a positive impact on those within our region.”Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.