Craig Hartburg to receive Pitt-Bradford’s Presidential Medal of Distinction

Craig Hartburg

Craig Hartburg

BRADFORD, Pa. — Craig Hartburg, chairman of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Advisory Board since 2005, will receive the Presidential Medal of Distinction, the university’s highest honor, at this year’s commencement ceremony.

Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford, will present the medal to Hartburg at the 2015 commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. April 26.

“Craig has provided outstanding leadership for the last 10 years as chair of the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board,” Alexander said. “He is very deserving of the high honor not only for his service and leadership, but also for his longstanding support and commitment to our campus and its students.”

Hartburg said, “It is a tremendous honor to receive the Presidential Medal of Distinction from Pitt-Bradford. I am humbled to join the company of those who have received this esteemed award.”

Hartburg has been a member of Pitt-Bradford’s Advisory Board since 2000 and also serves on its Executive Committee and Governance Council. Additionally, he is a member of Pitt’s Board of Trustees since 2009, one of two trustees from Pitt’s regional campuses.

Hartburg, who attended Pitt-Bradford from 1973 to 1975, went on to graduate with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

“As a graduate of this institution and a member of this community, it’s a special honor for me,” Hartburg said of serving as chairman of the Advisory Board. “Through its leadership and vision, the board has been an integral part of the growth that you see on campus today.”

Hartburg and his wife, Nancy, have established the Craig and Nancy Hartburg Family Scholarship for students who are graduates of Bradford Area High School and participate in the Blue and Gold Society or who are eligible for the Labor Scholarship Program at Pitt-Bradford.

In 2010, Hartburg was honored as the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association’s Distinguished Volunteer, having been an active alumnus almost since the time of his graduation from Pitt. He has served in various posts in the PBAA.

David Higie ’74-’75, who also serves on the Advisory Board, said that “Craig has been a true leader for Pitt-Bradford at both the university level and in the community. He has recruited students to Pitt-Bradford, raised a significant amount of funds for the school and now has the highest ‘civilian’ position at the university as head of the Advisory Board, where he does an outstanding job.”
Hartburg is the owner and has been president of Servco Services Inc. since 1995. He has filled several executive roles with the company since beginning his tenure in 1977. Servco provides building services to commercial, institutional, health care and industrial customers in Pennsylvania, New York and North Carolina.

Hartburg lives in Bradford and is active in the community, serving on many organizations’ boards of directors. He is past campaign chairman and past board president of the United Way of Bradford and received its prestigious Red Feather Award, which is presented to exceptional volunteers.

Hartburg currently serves on the Board of Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems as chairman of the Institutional Advancement Committee and as past chairman of the board. Recently he received the organization’s B.E.A.C.O.N Award for service to the Agency. Hartburg also serves on the boards of Stairways Behavioral Health Systems in Erie, Control Chief Corp. in Bradford, and the Bradford Educational Foundation.

Hartburg is the 27th individual awarded the Presidential Medal of Distinction, which is presented to a person who has either volunteered his or her time for several years; supported the university either financially or with expertise or advice; served the university’s service region through community, government or business affiliation; or has made distinctive achievements in his or her field that have affected Pitt-Bradford.

Recent medal winners include Chancellor Emeritus Mark V. Nordenberg, the Rev. Leo Gallina, George Duke, Thomas Bromeley and former University of Pittsburgh Provost James V. Maher.

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