Distinguished Alumni


Linda BluthLinda F. Bluth, Ed.D. 

Ellicott City, Md. 
MS 1966 – Psychology 

Linda Bluth has 47 years of experience as a special educator, including 32 years in special needs transportation. Retiring in 2009 as director of the Office of Quality Assurance and Monitoring at the Maryland State Department of Education, she currently works part-time for that same agency as a quality assurance monitoring specialist in special education and early intervention services. 

An expert in the field of special needs transportation policies, she joined the School Bus Safety company as a consultant and product trainer in 2011. Bluth is past president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT), and received the organization’s Distinguished Service Award in 2000. 

Anita EvansAnita G. Evans 

Mayetta, Kan. 
BSE 1980 – Physical Education 

A physical education teacher and Title VII Indian education director at Royal Valley USD 337, Mayetta, Anita Evans develops and implements programs emphasizing Native American culture, language, art and academic assistance for students in the district, along with coaching the high school’s softball and volleyball teams. 

Evans was named 1997 Kansas Native American Educator of the Year, and earned National Indian Teacher of the Year honors in 2002 from the National Indian Education Association. She is also a 2010 Port Jervis (N.Y.) High School Hall of Fame inductee. In 1998, she implemented a summer youth work program for Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation and served as its director until 2005. She also sponsors the Royal Valley Native American Singers and Dancers, the only school-sponsored Native American dance group in Kansas. 

JD SchrammJohn David (J.D.) Schramm II 

San Francisco, Calif. 
BFA 1985 – Speech and Theatre 

J.D. Schramm serves on the faculty of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he teaches a variety of communication courses to MBA students. 

A sought out speaker, educator and trainer, Schramm uses his expertise in communication to help individuals and organizations become more effective. He speaks regularly on topics of suicide prevention, LGBT inclusiveness in schools and churches, and mentoring young people. 

Schramm earned a BFA in theatre from ESU in 1985. An original member of the ESU Ambassadors, he took that model to his high school alma mater, Thomas More Prep-Marian in Hays when he served there as director of admissions. He went on to complete his MBA at NYU in 2002 and his doctorate in education (Ed.D.) from Penn in 2012. 

Tom ThornbrughPaul Thomas (Tom) Thornbrugh 

Tulsa, Ok. 
BA 1968 – Speech 

Tom Thornbrugh is presiding judge for Oklahoma’s 14th Judicial District. 

In a distinguished career in both private practice and on the bench, Thornbrugh has been committed to ensuring citizens receive fair treatment under the law. Before his district court appointment, Thornbrugh spent more than 20 years in private law practice in Tulsa, also serving as a legislative advisor for U.S. Senator Dewey Bartlett (R-OK). 

During his career with the U.S. Army, Thornbrugh was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Award, and Vietnamese Signal Corp Citation. He serves as adjunct professor at St. Gregory’s University and University of Tulsa.