Gateway Technical College President Bryan Albrecht is “a beacon and a guide” to southeastern Wisconsin.
That’s what Nick Pinchuk, Snap-on Inc. chairman and CEO, called Albrecht during a luncheon in his honor Tuesday.
For his community leadership and civic dedication, Three Harbors Council Boy Scouts of America recognized Albrecht with the 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award.
Albrecht was honored at a luncheon held in the Madrigrano Auditorium in the Conference Center on the college’s Kenosha campus.
“To the youth of this country, Bryan Albrecht is a beacon and a guide,” Pinchuk said.
“‘On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country.’ That’s a saying that is familiar to many in the audience today, the first couple lines of the Scout Oath. I know no one who exemplifies that part of the oath better than Bryan Albrecht,” Pinchuk added.
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Albrecht serves on the executive board of the Three Harbors Council and has been an active supporter of the Scouts for years.
He also spearheaded the Merit Badge Tech, an effort bringing hundreds of Scouts to Gateway one Saturday each year to learn new skills and earn a variety of Merit Badges.
Albrecht encouraged the audience to share with others values that he holds in high regard — service, commitment and respect and dignity for others.
“It’s humbling, and what a treat for me to be able to share with our community the values of scouting,” Albrecht said. “I was a scout when I was little, so I’ve been around it for a long time.”
Three Harbors officials said Albrecht’s work helped him to receive the Distinguished Citizen Award.
“We are so pleased that Dr. Albrecht has received this recognition as Distinguished Citizen from Three Harbors Council, Boy Scouts of America,” said Andrew Hardin, Three Harbors executive and CEO. “He is truly a role model for Boys Scouts, but also for the college and community here in southeastern Wisconsin.”
Albrecht serves on several local, state and national boards, including the American Association of Technical Colleges, American Technical Education Association, National Manufacturing Institute Board, United Way of Racine County and the National Center for Occupational Research and Development.
Albrecht’s experience has also led him to testify before Congress on workforce issues and receive invitations to speak at the White House on behalf of America’s community colleges.
He was the first person to receive the Kenosha United Way Distinguished Leader Award.
In 2016, the Distinguished Citizen Award went to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan.