Joel Myers named 2017 Renaissance Fund honoree

“Joel Myers’ success and reputation as a globally renowned business leader, and his willingness to share the fruits of his labor with his alma mater and community, represent the very best of what it means to be a Penn Stater,” said Penn State President Eric J. Barron.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As Penn State’s Renaissance Fund celebrates its 41st year of honoring outstanding community members and helping students in need, its board of directors has selected as its 2017 honoree Joel N. Myers, a three-time Penn State alumnus; State College resident; and the founder, president and chairman of AccuWeather Inc.

Myers earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in meteorology from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences in 1961, 1963 and 1971, respectively. He was a Penn State faculty member for nearly two decades, and by the time he stopped teaching, Myers had trained 17 percent of the country’s weather forecasters. An active and influential member of the Penn State Board of Trustees for 33 years, for which he was elected by the alumni 11 times, Myers continues to serve as a trustee emeritus. In 2016, he received the University’s highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award. In addition, Myers was selected as the 2016 Homecoming grand marshal.

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Joel Myers named 2017 Renaissance Fund honoree