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Duquesne MBA Student Receives James J. Byrne Award

Paul Caswell of Export, area vice president of sales for Avnet Services Inc., received Duquesne University's 2013 James J. Byrne Award for Responsible Leadership.

Caswell was selected from part-time MBA students at Duquesne University for his commitment to contribute to business and society, and his academic performance. The honor includes a $4,000 award and commemorative plaque.

"Paul Caswell's exceptional leadership in building business relationships and developing employees through progressively responsible career positions in technology sales, coupled with his commitment to community service and strong academic performance in the MBA program, provides evidence of how Paul is making a contribution in business and society," said Dr. Dorene Ciletti, assistant professor of marketing and sport marketing at Duquesne and a member of the selection committee. "Caswell exemplifies the spirit of the award."

The honor, named for the Duquesne's executive in residence of The Beard Institute and its former executive director, is in its third year. The award was established by the John F. Donahue School of Business and Lennox International to recognize Byrne's decades of leadership with Lennox and his contributions to the advancement of the Palumbo•Donahue School of Business.

Keynote speaker for the event was Todd M. Bluedorn, chairman and chief executive officer of Lennox.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.