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Farrell Named 2012 Alumni Fellow

William Farrell '59 Edu, was honored as an Alumni Fellow at a ceremony held October 19, 2012.

Alumni Fellow FarrellUniversity Park, Pa. – William E. Farrell ’59 Edu, chief executive officer of Executive Management Consultants, Inc., has been named an Alumni Fellow by the Penn State Alumni Association. Farrell was honored with other Fellows at a ceremony held on October 19.

Farrell retired from an executive position at IBM in 1991 after a three-decade long career. During his time at IBM, Farrell helped develop a planning methodology that was incorporated worldwide by both IBM and the White House. He also led an effort that resulted in the company making its largest community donation ever to an adult community job training center. Since leaving IBM, Farrell has made other community and business contributions.

One highlight came during his tenure at SKYDEX Corporation (1993-2003). Farrell facilitated a project with Penn State trainers, doctors, and Ed Dare – the father of Penn State pole vaulter Kevin Dare, who died during a pole vaulting competition in 2002 – to develop a safer pole vault softbox. The new design and padding are now standard pole vaulting equipment, and the cushioning technology has been applied to a wide range of athletic equipment and surfaces beyond pole vault boxes to improve safety in many sports.

Farrell has been active in community service, sitting on the boards of the Civic Association of River Falls, Rocky Mountain SER Jobs for Progress, and Wide Horizon nursing home facilities. Farrell is a founding member, Chairman of the Board, and chief financial officer of For Thine Is the Glory, Inc., a non-profit organization whose purpose is “to produce inspirational, not religious films. The first film is chronicling the life of Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy. The 2nd film is “Dogs Have Angels too, the amazing life of Lucky Willie Butler.”

At Penn State, he established the Lelia A. Farrell Scholarship in Education to honor his mother, Lelia ’57, ’59g. Life members of the Alumni Association, Farrell lives with his wife, Sally, in Centennial, Colo. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.