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"The President's Medal - Wilkes University's highest honor - is bestowed annually on individuals whose personal and professional lives reflect the highest aspirations of Wilkes University.  This award is presented to deserving individuals at the annual Founders Gala celebration."

 2017 President’s Medal recipient

Frank Martz HenryFrank Martz Henry is an honored friend and dedicated supporter of Wilkes University. His generous support is perhaps best reflected in the Henry Student Center, which serves as the center of campus life at Wilkes since its dedication in November 2001.  It is named in honor of Mr. Henry and his late wife, Dorothea. Mr. Henry’s generosity is also reflected in the Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Gymnasium, named in May 1990 in recognition of their gifts to the Wilkes Tomorrow Capital Campaign.  Mr. Henry has been a member of the Wilkes University Board of Trustees since 1977. He exemplifies the charge of The President’s Medal, as his lifelong work reflects his passion and commitment to our community and the Wilkes founding mission.

Mr. Henry has had a distinguished career in the transportation industry. He is President of Gold Line, Inc. and serves as the President of First Class Coach Company, Inc.  He also is the Chairman Emeritus of the Wilkes-Barre-based Frank Martz Coach Company and the Martz Group companies, which have locations in Maryland, Virginia and Florida.  He previously served as that company’s president from 1964 to 1995.

Mr. Henry serves as a director of many local, regional and national companies. He was Director of C-Tec Corp. He also served as Honorary Director of Gray Line Corporation, Inc. and served as its Director and as a Member First Union NE Pennsylvania Regional Advisory Board. Other companies benefiting from his leadership as director include Commonwealth Enterprises Inc. (CTE), Avalon Cable of Michigan Inc., Wachovia Corp, Wells Fargo, and First Fidelity Inc.  Mr. Henry is a past chairman and member of the Geisinger Health System Foundation Board of Directors, Salvation Army Advisory Board and past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Wilke-Barre Family YMCA.

Mr. Henry was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, graduating from Wyoming Seminary and Yale University with a bachelor of arts in economics. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he served in the Strategic Air Command.