Three Leaders Selected for University of Idaho Alumni Association Hall of Fame

Friday, April 23 2010


Written by Jeff Olson

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Alumni Association will induct three new members into the Alumni Hall Fame at a noon luncheon on Friday, May 14, in the Student Union Building Ballroom. The event is part of the university’s Moscow campus Commencement Weekend.

The inductees are Pete T. Cenarrusa of Boise, who was an Idaho elected official from 1950 until his retirement in 2003, and remains the longest serving elected state official in Idaho’s history; Daniel D. Frye of Portland, Ore., who is vice president of open system development, which includes management of IBM’s Linux Technology Center; and Nancy Morris of New York, N.Y., who is executive vice president at Allianz Global Investors of America, where she serves as chief U.S. regulatory counsel and previously served as U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission secretary.

Created in 1962, the Alumni Hall of Fame now recognizes more than 160 University of Idaho alumni who have achieved national or international distinction by their accomplishments and leadership.

“The University of Idaho’s impact on state, national and international leadership is exemplified by these alumni who have been selected to join the Alumni Hall of Fame,” said Steve Johnson, executive director of Alumni Relations. “Our 2010 inductees continue that remarkable legacy.”

Cenarrusa has an unmatched history of public service to the state of Idaho. He was elected to nine terms in the Idaho House of Representatives, including three terms as Speaker of the House. He also served eight terms as Secretary of State after being appointed to the position when Edison Deal died in office. He was an Idaho elected official for 52 consecutive years, and never lost an election.

But his leadership, service and interests extend far beyond the political arena. He was a member of the 1940 University of Idaho boxing team that won the national intercollegiate championship. After earning a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Idaho in 1940, Cenarrusa was a high school educator and coach, and introduced the first agriculture classes at both the Cambridge and Carey school districts. In 1942, he enlisted in naval aviation and served as an instructor and pilot during World War II. He also was a lifetime rancher, farmer and woolgrower. The son of Basque immigrants who developed a range sheep business in Carey, he received the honor “Basque of the World” from the Sabino Arana Foundation in Bilboa, Basque Country in 2001.

Frye earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Idaho in 1979. He later earned a master’s degree in physics and a doctoral degree in theoretical atomic physics from Johns Hopkins University.

After joining IBM, he became a member of the company’s Emerging Technologies and Business Opportunities team, and worked to develop technical strategies to predict future trends and transitions in the IT industry. He helped add to the new, strategic vision for IBM as he co-authored corporate strategies for both Linux and open source software. Later, as a result, IBM invested a billion dollars into Linux in 2001.

He now is vice president of open system development, which includes management of IBM’s Linux Technology Center. He leads a worldwide software development team of more than 1,500 software professionals.

Morris is a 1983 graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law. She currently is executive vice president at Allianz Global Investors of America, where she serves as senior U.S. regulatory counsel. Morris also has achieved great distinction through her leadership and service in the public sector at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Morris has held the position of SEC secretary from 2006-08 – the first woman to hold the post. She oversaw the final legal review of all SEC rulemaking and enforcement actions submitted to and approved by the commission. She held previous appointments at the SEC from 2004-06 and 1985-92. Morris also worked in the private sector as vice president and associate legal counsel to the investment management firm, T. Rowe Price Associates, and as an attorney for Fidelity Investments.

Additional information on the Hall of Fame inductees is available on the University of Idaho Alumni Association website, www.uidaho.edu/idahovandals.
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 130 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. The university is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.






About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.