Keith Pontius, of Fairfield Glade, has been selected to receive the 2013 Honor Award from Manchester University. Six alumni were chosen to receive the award this year.
In 1960, the Alumni Association began presenting the Alumni Honor Award, the highest recognition the Alumni Association can bestow on a graduate of Manchester University. The award is made to living alumni upon the recommendation of the Alumni Association and upon the approval of the president of the University. It may be presented for any of the following reasons:
• For participation in and contribution to the alumni program of the University;
• For outstanding personal services rendered the University over a period of years;
• For personal accomplishments whereby the prestige of the University is enhanced;
• For distinguished service or accomplishments in any field of human endeavor, be it in the family, community, in business, industry, science, or a profession; or
• For unusual and singular contributions to the development of cultural or spiritual life.
Pontius was a leader in the packaging industry for more than 50 years, founded KP Packaging paper container company. He served 19 years on the Manchester Board of Trustees and led the creation of the central Ohio chapter of the Alumni Board. He has served as a Chamber of Commerce president, United Way chair, was Lions Clubs International district Lion of the Decade and has served on numerous boards.