Nicholas Andrews receives Penn State Beaver Outstanding Alumni Award
Nicholas H. Andrews of Upper St. Clair, PA, received the 2012 Penn State Beaver Outstanding Alumni Award at an on-campus dinner meeting of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board on January 16. The award was presented by Chancellor Gary Keefer and is given on the basis of professional achievement, contributions to society and/or involvement with Penn State Beaver.
Andrews attended Beaver campus for two years before receiving his bachelor’s degree in business at Penn State University Park in 1977. He played varsity baseball at Beaver in 1973 and 1974 and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity at University Park. Today he is a member of the prestigious Penn State Smeal College of Business Presidents Club and is also a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity (Alpha Chi Chapter) at Penn State.
“Even though I graduated from a very competitive high school at Mt. Lebanon (Pittsburgh, PA), I can assure you that scholastically, my peers at Penn State Beaver were every bit as talented and driven,” said Andrews in accepting his award. “Penn State’s curriculum in the business school was solid - a great mix of advanced math, physics, chemistry, biology and all the humanities. I still interview candidates from many other schools and trust me, not many can match this.”
Andrews is president and owner of Andrews Industrial Controls, Inc., a company he founded in 1977 which employs more than 20 people. Located in Carnegie, the company is committed to servicing the energy industry for product solutions for measurement and controls throughout Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland, including oil and gas, power generation, coal, chemicals, metals, mining, pulp, paper, and water quality.
In 2009 Andrews became president-elect of the Beaver campus Advisory Board. In addition, that year he established an annual scholarship to benefit Beaver campus students.
He is an active member of his community as well. He has served as president of the Pittsburgh Section Instrument Society of America and on the Board of Directors of the Chartiers Country Club. He was a member of the Representative Council for the Yokogawa Corporation of America, a member of the Representative Advisory Council of G.E. Masoneilan, and a member of the ABB Representative Advisory Council.
Andrews has continued his interest in athletics by serving as coach and commissioner of the Lebanon Baseball Association, a member of the Grounds Committee at Oakmont Country Club, and a member of the Board of Directors for Pittsburgh’s YMCA Camp T. F. Soles. He’s also served as a coach and business manager for various hockey organizations in and around Pittsburgh, a coach and commissioner for the Mt. Lebanon Baseball Association, and a director of youth athletics at St. Nicholas Cathedral.
Andrews and his wife, Bernice, have two sons: David, who also attended Beaver campus, and Scott, both of whom are Penn State graduates.
For information about the Outstanding Alumni Award, contact Diana Patterson, Beaver campus director of development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-773-3558.