CHAS Alum, Gary Scholten, Receives the UNI Alumni Achievement Award

CHAS Alum, Gary Scholten, Receives the UNI Alumni Achievement Award

Gary Scholten, '80 Mathematics, has received the UNI Alumni Association's 2011-12 Alumni Achievement Award. This is the alumni associations most prestigious honor and recognizes significant personal and professional success of UNI graduates. It is presented annually to a graduate who epitomizes the best qualities of the University and its alumni.

Scholten, a native of Larchwood, Iowa, is senior vice president and chief information officer at Principal Financial Group. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to his industry and has been featured in national magazines. Gary has led efforts in Des Moines and the State of Iowa to develop programs aimed at middle and high school students to generate interest in and preparation for careers in information technology.

Gary was instrumental in developing UNI Day and Principal Day, an exchange between Principal employees in Des Moines and UNI students and faculty. He is also a charter member of the Advisory Board to the Department of Computer Science. He and his wife, Mindy, live in Des Moines and have two grown children.