Pittsburg State University Alumni Association selected Terry Clark, Ivan Crossland, Jr., John Roderique, and Laurel Brouse Rosenthal to receive the 2018 Meritorious Achievement Award, the university’s highest honor.

Clark (MST ‘86) is plant manager of Cobalt Boats, in Neodesha, Kansas, a world-wide leader in manufacturing with more than 100 dealers. Previously, Clark was president of Cobalt until the acquisition of that company by Malibu Boats in 2017.  Prior to that, he was with Textron Aviation, which formed by the merger of Cessna and Beech Aircraft. He has 25 years of experience in leadership in manufacturing, sales, and service operations in the aviation industry and 10 years in the machining, metal forming, and tooling industry.

Crossland (BS ‘84) is the CEO of Crossland Construction Company, Inc., in Columbus, Kansas, where he has worked since the company was founded in 1977. He became vice president of the company in 1979, president in 1992, and CEO in 2002. He has led the company in building everything from schools to water treatment plants to Wal-Mart Supercenters, to several buildings on the Pittsburg State campus.

Roderique (BSE ‘90, MSE ‘92) has been the head football coach at Webb City, Missouri, High School since 1997 and has racked up 19 district championships, 13 Show-Me-Bowl appearances and 11 state championships. He is the winningest coach in Missouri high school football history by percentage, has been named Coach of the Year 11 times, and was inducted into the Missouri Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Rosenthal (MSE ‘86, Specialist ‘89) is the principal of Mark Twain Elementary School in Carthage, Missouri, where she began teaching 50 years ago. She has impacted generations of students. In 2009, she was named Citizen of the Year by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce. She’s been named Outstanding Teacher for Carthage R-9, received the Carthage R-9 Golden Key Award for Outstanding Administrator, and was named Outstanding Principal of Southwest Missouri.

“This year’s Meritorious Award recipients are great examples of the ways that Pittsburg State University’s more than 65,000 alumni distinguish themselves in their places of work and in their communities every day,” said Jon Bartlow, director of alumni and constituent relations.