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Former ceramics dean to receive alumni award during Reunion Weekend

Dr. L. David Pye, a member of the Alfred University class of 1959, is the recipient of the 2009 Alfred University Alumni Awards for Distinguished Achievement. The honor is given to alumni whose achievements in their profession, career, avocational pursuits, or service to society bring honor and distinction to Alfred University.

Recipients must show loyalty and commitment to the University. The award will be presented during Alfred University’s annual Reunion Weekend, June 12-14.

Pye and his wife, Connie, formerly of Alfred, currently reside in Little Falls.

Pye began his long relationship with Alfred as an undergraduate in 1955. He was a member of the St. Pat’s Board and Phi Kappa Phi, and belonged to the Phi Sigma Iota honor society.

Pye earned a Ph.D. in ceramic science from Alfred University in 1968 and commenced his professional career at the University as an assistant professor of glass science for the NYS College of Ceramics.

Among the many positions held during his tenure at Alfred, Pye chaired the Department of Glass Science, directed the Study Abroad Program, and served as Dean of the NYS College of Ceramics.

Pye’s professional experiences beyond Alfred include chair and co-chairmanship of numerous international conferences, membership to international advisory committees and multiple professional societies, invitations to present and lecture internationally, board memberships, and visiting professorships. He served as president of the American Ceramic Society.

Andrew Wereszczak, an AU class of ‘88 alumnus, nominated Pye for the alumni achievement award.

Founded in 1836, Alfred University became the first coeducational institution in New York State and the second in the nation. About 2,000 full-time undergraduate and 400 graduate students work and live in 52 buildings on a scenic 232-acre hillside campus adjoining the village of Alfred.

he nonsectarian University is comprised of the privately endowed AACSB-accredited (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) College of Business and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as the NYS College of Ceramics (Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering and the School of Art and Design). AU’s art school is ranked number one in the nation for ceramic art, and second in the nation for glass art.

The University awards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.