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The Penn State Board of Trustees selected Edward P. "Ted" Junker III '59, a retired chairman and chief executive officer of PNC Bank Corp., to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, Penn State's highest honor for an individual. Junker, one of seven alumni named, resides in Erie, PA. The award will be presented on Alumni Weekend (June 3-4).

Junker is a University trustee emeritus and former chair of the Penn State Board of Trustees. He also is former chairman and a
member of the Council of Fellows at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

He joined Marine Bank in 1964. He rose through successive management positions before being named president in 1974 and
CEO in 1983. In 1985, Marine was merged into PNC Bank, and Junker was elected chairman and CEO of PNC Bank Northwest

Junker is active in the development efforts of Penn State, helping to lead three capital campaigns, and chairing various committees. He was vice chair of the Campaign Steering Committee and a member of the Executive Board for A Grand Destiny: The Penn State Campaign from 1996 to 2003. He also served as a member of the Executive Committee of The Campaign for Penn State from 1984 to 1990 and served on the National Development Council.

He served as chairman of the Board of Directors of The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center from 2000 to 2009. In Erie, he has played a leadership role in the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority, Erie Zoological Society, Erie Community Foundation, Saint Vincent Health Center, and Hamot Health Foundation.

In 2007, Junker received the University's Philanthropist of the Year award. In 1987, he was selected as an Alumni Fellow in the College of Health and Human Development and at Penn State Behrend. He received the Philip Philip Mitchell Alumni Service Award in 1984. Junker is a recipient of United Way's Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award. He was one of five people named to
the first Board of Directors of the Big Ten Network.

Junker and his late wife, Barbara '57, established the Edward P. and Barbara F. Junker Scholarship for Penn State Behrend students who demonstrate leadership traits. In 2001, Penn State Behrend named its new athletics complex Junker Center is
recognition of a $2 million gift commitment to the college made by the Junker family.