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Nick Andrews

Nicholas H. Andrews ’77 Bus received the 2012 Penn State Beaver Outstanding Alumni Award at an on-campus dinner meeting of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board in January.

The award, presented by Chancellor Gary Keefer, is given on the basis of professional achievement, contributions to society and/or involvement with Beaver campus.

Andrews is president and owner of Andrews Industrial Controls Inc., a company he founded in 1977 that employs more than 20 people. Located in Carnegie, the company is committed to servicing the energy industry throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. Its focus is on product solutions for measurement and controls for oil and gas, power generation, coal, chemicals, metals, mining, pulp, paper, and water quality.

Andrews played varsity baseball during his years at Beaver campus before moving on to graduate from Penn State University Park. He is a member of the prestigious Penn State Smeal College of Business Presidents Club and Sigma Chi Fraternity (Alpha Chi Chapter) at Penn State.

“Even though I graduated from a very competitive high school at Mount Lebanon (Pittsburgh), I can assure you that scholastically, my peers at Penn State Beaver were every bit as talented and driven,” he said when he accepted his award.

“Penn State’s curriculum in the business school was solid, a great mix of advanced math, physics, chemistry, biology, and all the humanities. I still interview candidates from many other schools, and trust me, not many can match this.”

In 2009 Andrews became president-elect of the Beaver campus Advisory Board and also established an annual scholarship for campus students.

He’s an active member of his community as well, having served as president of the Pittsburgh Section Instrument Society of America and on the board of directors of the Chartiers Country Club.

He was a member of the Representative Council for the Yokogawa Corp. of America, a member of the Representative Advisory Council of G.E. Masoneilan, and a member of the ABB Representative Advisory Council.

Andrews has continued his interest in athletics by serving as coach and commissioner of the Lebanon Baseball Association, is a member of the Grounds Committee at Oakmont Country Club, and a member of the board of directors for Pittsburgh’s YMCA Camp T. F. Soles.

He’s also served as a coach and business manager for various hockey organizations in and around Pittsburgh, a coach and commissioner for the Mount Lebanon Baseball Association, and a director of youth athletics at St. Nicholas Cathedral.

Andrews was overwhelmed by responses he received from those at the dinner, as well as colleagues and friends who learned about his award. “It was a very nice event, and I must say I was pretty humbled by it.”

He and his wife, Bernice, live in Upper St. Clair. Andrews noted that Penn State “runs in the family.” The couple’s sons, David, who attended Beaver campus, and Scott ’09 A&A, work with their father in his business.