Outstanding Volunteer Service Award

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The purpose of this award is to recognize one volunteer annually who has devoted significant time and effort and outstanding service to the Millersville University Alumni Association or the University on behalf of the Millersville University Alumni Association.


This award may be given to any living alumni member, who is a graduate of Millersville University, an active volunteer, and one who has distinguished himself or herself by devoting significant time and effort and shown outstanding service to the Millersville University Alumni Association or the University on behalf of the Millersville University Alumni Association.

Method of Nomination/Deadline

Nominations will be sought from the membership of the Millersville University Alumni Association Board, committees and University Departments. Nominations should be submitted online via the online form. The deadline for nominations for this award is March 15. Questions may be directed to the Office of Alumni Engagement, Millersville University, P.O. Box 1002, Millersville, PA 17551 or via email to alumni@millersville.edu.

Selection Committee

The Nominations and Awards Committee will facilitate the selection process and will serve as the selection committee.

Number of Recipients

Only one recipient can receive this award per year. Nominations not acted upon in the current year may be held for reconsideration the following year.

Selection Criteria

The intent of the award is to honor the alumni volunteer who devoted significant time and effort and demonstrated outstanding service to the Alumni Association or the University on behalf of the Alumni Association during the past year. Philanthropic support of the University on its own is not to be considered sole justification for selection.

Award Presentation

The recipient selected will receive written notification from the Nominations and Awards Committee Chairperson. An award will then be presented by the President of the Millersville University Alumni Association or his/her designee at an appropriate university and/or Alumni Association function.

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Editor Note: The Office of Alumni Engagement is saddened to learn of the passing of Joseph in May 2023.

Mr. Joseph B. Wilt

Joseph B. Wilt graduated from Millersville State College in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education in English, and earned a Master of Education degree in English in 1972 from Millersville. As an educator, Wilt has dedicated many years to teaching and coaching, through his career of 42 years as a teacher. For 36 years, Wilt taught English at Dover Area High School in York County, followed by teaching for six years as an adjunct professor at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC).

As a basketball coach for 24 years at Dover Area High School, Wilt coached boys basketball teams at all levels, including 7th, 8th and 9th grade levels, senior high J.V. and varsity teams. Wilt received the honor of being awarded York County Coach of the Year for the 1989-1990 season by the York Daily Record. Wilt takes pride in the players he coached and the outstanding athletic success of players who went on to excel as collegiate athletes.

Wilt is a proud graduate of Millersville State College, and he was inspired to attend Millersville by his favorite high school teachers who were Millersville alumni. While a student at Millersville, Wilt spent his summers working in York at a factory, manufacturing bomb casings, commonly called the “bomb line,” for the U.S. Navy, which motivated him to become a teacher to provide educational opportunities for future students. Wilt considers this work to be his “bomb line scholarship,” which paid for his education.

At Millersville University, Wilt has enjoyed participating in a wide range of volunteer activities, especially opportunities to benefit students. Wilt has served as a volunteer spokesperson for secondary English education majors to provide professional guidance for students pursuing teaching careers, and he has served as a spokesperson for students interested in careers in athletic coaching. Wilt has been an active supporter of the Millersville University men’s basketball team, and he established a scholarship fund of the Joseph B. & Judith S. Wilt Men’s Basketball Scholarship.

On campus, Wilt has volunteered as a tour guide for admissions open houses and supported the Millersville University athletic teams by attending all home games for football and basketball. Over the years, Wilt served several terms as a board member of the Millersville University Alumni Association, and recently served as a member of the MUAA Alumni Engagement Committee and participated in numerous volunteer activities and events through his involvement with the MUAA.