Huntsman School of Business honoring alum, VP at Disney

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has bestowed its highest honor on a former student who came from a small town in Utah and is now is the senior vice president of human resources for the Disney/ABC Television Group.Businessman and philanthropist Jon Huntsman presented Steve Milovich with the Distinguished Executive Alumnus Award at a banquet that drew more than 550 people at Utah State University on Sept. 17. The event, the 2009 Annual Fall Awards Banquet, offers friends and alumni of the school who have funded scholarships the opportunity to meet the students they have helped. Milovich, who was raised in Price, Utah, oversees all the organization and human resource efforts worldwide at the Disney/ABC Television Group. That includes the ABC Television Network, Disney Channels Worldwide, cable network’s ABC Family, Disney/ESPN television and several other major areas.Huntsman told the group Milovich believes business schools should teach the importance of ethical decision-making.”He believes in teaching students to be innovative thinkers, to understand the global marketplace and to be empowered with accurate analytical skills,” Huntsman said. Huntsman pointed out that those three areas, along with the importance of ethical leadership, are the four areas being emphasized by the Huntsman School of Business.Milovich, who graduated from the Huntsman School of Business in 1979 and earned his MBA at Pepperdine University in 1999, said his focus on his personal and family life has given him the foundation for a successful vocational life. “In my view, a focus on family and other dimensions on life beyond just a career will actually increase the likelihood that you will have sustained career success,” he said. “I really believe that a singular focus on work, your career and your self is simply not sustainable in the long run.”Milovich has also served in leadership positions at Walker Digital, AlliedSignal-Honeywell International, Broadway Stores and Pepsico. During his visit to USU, Milovich met with students in classroom settings. He talked with them about industry trends in human resources and offered them insight on how they might better succeed in the rapidly-changing global marketplace, according to Dean Douglas D. Anderson.”We picked Steve for this honor because he is a great example of a nice guy who has finished first,” Anderson said. “Steve has a wonderful moral compass that has never failed him: treat people right, take care of your customer, focus on creating value, be honest in everything you do, work hard and continue to learn and business success will follow. He is a great example of what students at the Huntsman School of Business can aspire to become. We are enormously proud of him.”The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University seeks to inspire and equip students to become innovative, ethical leaders with refined analytical skills that will help them understand and succeed in the global marketplace. The Huntsman School of Business is one of seven colleges at USU, located in the beautiful Wasatch Range of northern Utah. More information on the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business may be found at www.huntsman.usu.edu.

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