NDNU Honors SamTrans CEO Mike Scanlon at Sixth Annual Awards Dinner & Celebrity Roast
Belmont, CA, April 10, 2008 — NDNU’s School of Business and Management will hold its Sixth Annual Awards Dinner and Celebrity Roast, April 17, honoring Mike Scanlon, General Manager and CEO of the San Mateo County Transit District.
The NDNU Awards Dinner and Celebrity Roast offers an enjoyable evening full of community spirit, laughter, and good will. Each year a local personality from the community generously offers him or herself up to be “roasted” by friends and colleagues for the benefit of the University. This year’s celebrity roasters include Shelley Kessler from Machinists Local 1414, Burlingame City Manager Jim Nantell, SamTrans General Counsel Dave Miller, and Congresswoman Jackie Speier. Civic leader, Mike Nevin, will emcee the evening’s activities.
Funds raised provide support ranging from scholarships benefiting students in the School of Business and Management to supplying state-of-the-art technology used to enrich NDNU’s teaching studios used by over 500 students for business, management, and communications classes. Through active support and participation, the roast has grown significantly in size and stature, providing essential funding for a diverse class of students seeking a values-based education in a supportive environment.
“The roast will be a great opportunity to have fun honoring Mike’s volunteer involvement, his impact on our community, and the value of his work to our County,” said Dr. James Fogal, NDNU Dean of the School of Business and Management. “As a lifelong supporter towards community and education, NDNU is fortunate to count Mike as a supporter of students of our School of Business & Management.”
Scanlon was appointed chief executive officer of the San Mateo County Transit District in 1999, where he oversees bus operations, paratransit service and all affairs of the District. He is also executive director of the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board which provides commuter rail service between San Francisco and Gilroy.
Additionally, Scanlon serves as the executive director of the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, responsible for administering a county-wide half-cent sales tax for various transportation projects. He is chair of the seven-county United Way of the Bay Area, vice-president of the San Mateo County Service League and is past chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Bay Area Partnership Board, the San Mateo County Heart Walk and the Sequoia Awards. He is president of the California Transit Finance Authority and on the board of the California Transit Finance Corporation.
Scanlon is secretary/treasurer of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) where he also serves on a number of committees and task forces. He is also a member of the boards of the American Public Transit Scholarship Foundation (APTF), APTA’s Transit Development Corporation (TDC), a member of the Transit Cooperative Research Program Oversight and Project Selection Committee (TOPS) and on the board of advisors of the ENO Foundation.
He attended the University of Pittsburgh in his native Pennsylvania and resides in Redwood City, CA with his wife. They have two grown children.
“The NDNU Roast has proven to be an extremely popular and fun event,” said Maureen Freschet, NDNU’s Executive Director of Community Relations & Conferences and Event Services. “It’s sold-out almost every year. We’re proud and delighted that the community enjoys this opportunity to laugh and get to know one another better.”
A 6 p.m. social hour will kick off the roast with dinner beginning at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco International Airport located at 1333 Bayshore Highway in Burlingame. Individual tickets are $125. Sponsored tables of 10, including priority seating and a program listing, can be reserved beginning at $2,500. For more information, call Maria Zontine at (650) 508-3726 or visit ndnu.edu/roast.