Lake Erie College Honors Dana Dennis, ’76, with Distinguished Alumni Award
(Painesville, Ohio) – Dana Dennis, vice president of Parker Hannifin Corporation, was chosen as a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award at Lake Erie College during recent Alumni Weekend festivities. This award is annually given to an alumni who exhibits the strong ideals of learning and success throughout adulthood.
Dennis has served Lake Erie College in countless ways since he graduated magna cum laude in 1976 with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. A member of the College’s board of directors since 1998, he is vice chair of the board, chair of the fund development committee and a member of the executive, enrollment management and board development committees. He has been a generous donor to many College programs, including the annual fund, Athletic & Wellness Center, scholarships, golf outings and more. In addition to his own gifts, he has been instrumental in bringing other donors and volunteers to the College in a variety of leadership capacities.
Professionally, Dennis is vice president and corporate controller of Parker Hannifin Corporation, where he has worldwide responsibility for all accounting functions within the company, including planning, analysis and budgeting, internal and external reporting and financial systems development. He is also responsible for proper internal financial and operational controls and capital investment justifications and has been involved in numerous international acquisitions and divestitures.
Dennis has served as vice president of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Financial Executives Institute and chairman of the board of Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland and holds membership in other professional and nonprofit organizations.
Dennis, his wife Sharon (also a Lake Erie College alumna from the class of 2003) and their two daughters live in Kirtland.
Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education. The College offers 26 undergraduate majors, including new programs in sports management, forensic psychology and therapeutic horsemanship, as well as master’s degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 800 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students.