U-Idaho Alumni Association Names 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

Thursday, April 11 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Alumni Association today announced its 2013 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees who will be recognized May 9-11, the weekend of spring commencement in Moscow.

Honorees will be: Matthew J. “Matt” Espe ’80 of Newtown Square, Penn., who earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing in the College of Business and Economics, and John Rosholt ’59 ’64 of Twin Falls, Idaho, who earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences followed by a law degree from U-Idaho’s College of Law.

Here is a closer look at this year’s inductees:

Espe was appointed CEO in 2010 of Armstrong World Industries, Inc., in Lancaster, Penn. He oversees $2.6 billion in revenues and 8,500 employees worldwide. He has logged 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, distribution and management in global manufacturing businesses.

Before joining Armstrong nearly three years ago, he served as chairman and CEO of Ricoh Americas Corp., a subsidiary of Ricoh Co., Ltd. Prior to that, Espe was chairman and CEO of IKON Office Solutions, Inc., a $4 billion office equipment distributor and services provider with 24,000 employees. Ricoh acquired the company in 2008.

Previous to that, Espe was president and CEO of GE Lighting. In a career that spanned 22 years there, he managed multiple functional areas, including sales, marketing, distribution and manufacturing, as well as management within several business units. His global perspective is the result of having run businesses in Europe, Asia and North America.

At home, he is a respected and active volunteer and member of the board of United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. He helmed the charitable organization’s 2007 campaign, which raised $50 million for the region’s non-profit organizations.

Additionally, he is a member of the board of Unisys Corp. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing in the University of Idaho’s College of Business and Economics and a Master of Business Administration from Whittier College. He is married to Lori (Limbaugh) Espe, also an alumna of the college. They have four children.

Rosholt, a Lewiston native, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at U-Idaho in 1959. After serving as a commissioned officer at a U.S. Army missile base, he returned to campus, where he earned his law degree in 1964.

He was admitted that same year to the Idaho State Bar Association. In the 27 years following, he practiced with two law partnerships, serving as partner in one. In 2001, he became a founding partner in the Twin Falls and Boise firm of Barker Rosholt & Simpson LLP. His firm specializes in natural resources law, representing clients with interests in such activities as irrigation, hydropower and mining, while also representing and advising clients on land use, the fine points of a variety of environmental regulations and in settlement agreements with the region’s indigenous tribes.

Rosholt was the 1976 president of the National Water Resources Association and belonged to its board of directors from 1969 to 1987. The group represents diversified water interests in the 17 western states.

Rosholt’s legal expertise in water rights law has been recognized by numerous professional organizations over the course of his career. Additionally, he has served on various U-Idaho college advisory councils.

Rosholt fondly recalls being co-captain of the University of Idaho Northern Division Pacific Coast Conference championship golf team in 1959, which won a trip to the NCAA tourney.

His community involvement and volunteerism has encompassed the Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club and the city’s planning and zoning commission. In addition, he has served on such boards as the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, Mountain States Legal Foundation, Key Bank, the Idaho Community Foundation and the U.S. Golf Association.

He is married to Karen Rae (Fisher) Rosholt ‘64 and they have three grown children, all of whom are also Vandals.
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Media Contact: Hugh Cooke, U-Idaho Alumni Relations Office (208) 885-5106, hcooke@uidaho.edu