George Berlin of Canfield, member and former chair of the Westminster College Board of Trustees, received the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania's Robert P. Casey Medal for Commitment to Independent Higher Education during the association's annual meeting March 26 in Hershey, Pa.
Berlin was elected to Westminster's Board of Trustees in 1996. He served as chair from 2003 to 2006 and was re-elected in 2007 and 2011. He is a member of the board's executive, finance, governance, and investment committees.
"George Berlin is the quintessential college trustee," said Westminster President Dr. Richard Dorman. "He understands that every college has a unique culture and personality and provides wise counsel on key decisions based upon that culture. Professionally successful and enormously generous with his time, talent, and treasure, George never forgets that trusteeship ultimately serves the student. He is a pure joy to work with and a man I've come to admire greatly."
Berlin has demonstrated exemplary leadership, philanthropic and personal commitment, and collegiality through his board service.
He has provided leadership and service to a number of civic and charitable organizations in eastern Ohio, including the Youngstown Foundation Board, the Resch Foundation, Youngstown Rescue Mission, Mahoning County Agricultural Society, and the Canfield Fair.
The Boardman High School alumnus earned his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University, where he returned to serve on the board from 1992 to 2002, and master's degree from North Carolina State University.
Former president of Dunbar Slag Company Inc. and Berco Inc., Berlin is currently president of Allegheny Investment Group, Inc. He and his wife Sharon reside in Canfield.
AICUP is the only statewide organization that serves exclusively the interests of private higher education in the Commonwealth. Membership includes the presidents of the state's 88 private colleges and universities. The association's Casey Medal is named for the former governor who greatly strengthened need-based student aid during his tenure. It is reserved for individuals or organizations that have shown an extraordinary commitment to the value of independent higher education.