Published June 28, 2016

Hall of Achievement

Loya, Tierney to be honored at Homecoming ceremony, Sept. 30
Music is part of the résumé of both of this year’s inductees into Monmouth College’s Hall of Achievement, but that’s not the only thing that Karin Loya ’63 and Dwight Tierney ’69 share in common. Their well-rounded accomplishments speak to the ways they took advantage of a liberal arts education.

As part of the College’s celebration of Homecoming Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, Loya and Tierney will be inducted into the Hall of Achievement, the highest honor Monmouth College bestows upon its graduates. The Alumni Impact Award ceremony will be held Sept. 30.

A retired program manager and scientist for companies supporting projects for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Loya worked for such contractors as Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), ST Systems Corporation and Raytheon Systems Company. Among her responsibilities were telemetry processing and graphics support for experiments with the Dynamics Explorer satellites in the 1980s, and contracts leading to the development of the Space Telescope, which helped verify the Big Bang theory, and the Earth Observing System of satellites, which has enabled advances in climate change and research.

The daughter of longtime Monmouth College music professor Hal Loya, she is currently a well-known folk cellist in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area and is featured on several recordings.

Best known for his role in helping to launch the music cable network MTV in 1981, Tierney is an internationally recognized expert in human resources, currently working as a consultant and executive coach through his own New York-based company. He served 11 years as senior executive vice president for MTV’s parent company Viacom, overseeing operations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and has held executive positions with McGraw-Hill Education, Madison Square Garden, eMusic and Ipreo.

Tierney founded the National Association for Minorities in Cable TV and has served on the boards for the Veterans Leadership Council, the Walter Kaitz Foundation, Just One Break and Alone in London. He has taught at the American Management Association, lectured at Long Island University and Rutgers University, and holds an honorary degree from Monmouth College.
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