BISMARCK, N.D. — The University of Mary recognized two outstanding alumni at its annual Alumni Recognition and Hall of Fame Induction over the weekend.

University of Mary Presidential Leadership Award to Dr. Donald Kosiak Jr: This award is conferred on individual alumni for distinguished achievements as servant leaders regionally, nationally, or internationally.

Dr. Donald Kosiak Jr.

Dr. Donald Kosiak Jr.

Dr. Donald Kosiak Jr. serves as senior vice president and chief medical officer for Leidos, a Reston, Virginia-based Fortune 200 Company with over 33,000 employees in 30 countries.

As the chief medical officer, he is responsible
 for providing clinical subject matter expertise and perspective, knowledge, experience, leadership and direction. He is known as a proven physician leader in change management and implementation of healthcare trends.

He previously served as the vice president for medical development and executive medical director for Avera eCARE, a division of Avera Health, a medical system based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In that role, he served as the chief medical officer of one of the top telemedicine programs in the United States. In addition, he has served as chief of staff of Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Dr. Kosiak continues to serve in the U.S. Army National Guard as an emergency physician, currently South Dakota Joint Force Headquarters’ State Surgeon. He is a decorated army officer, having served three tours of duty in support of Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. He considers earning the combat medical badge one of his highest honors.

Dr. Kosiak has been involved in multiple international projects, including serving as the Medical Operations Chair for the NATO Science for Peace
 and Security Programme, developing a Multinational Telemedicine System for Emergency Situations. He is 
a published researcher and sought-after national and international speaker.

After earning his degree from the University of Mary, he attended medical school at the University of North Dakota. He completed his emergency medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In 2010, he completed his Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Mary. He is board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Additionally he is one of only a few thousand physicians in the world who have earned the CPE designation from the Certifying Commission in Medical Management.

Dr. Kosiak remembers with gratitude many at the university who influenced him and impacted his life, such as Sister Thomas Welder, Father Valerian Odermann, Father Victor Feser, Dr. Marla Behm, Professor Dan Bauer, and the basketball coaches – Dr. Rod Jonas and Jim Feeney.

A Wishek, ND native, Dr. Kosiak and his wife, Shelly (BS, 2000) live in Sioux Falls.

Their family includes Alexis, Abigail, and Carter.

University of Mary Bell Banner Award to Clarence Sitter: In recognition of the ideals of the University’s sponsors, the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, this award honors alumni for modeling the values of respect, hospitality, moderation, service, community, and prayer.

Clarence Sitter

Clarence Sitter

Clarence Sitter is the chief financial officer for the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. Prior to his role at the foundation, Sitter spent 11 years working in public accounting with Eide Bailly LLP, providing consulting, valuation, audit, and tax services.

Sitter was a student in the first Harold Schafer Emerging Leaders Academy class at the University of
 Mary and received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2002 and his Master’s of Business Administration in 2003 from the University of Mary.

Sitter currently serves on the boards of the nonprofit organizations North Dakota CPA Society, the ND 4-H Foundation and Faith Revealed. Sitter also previously served as a board member for the Fargo-Moorhead Chapter of CPAs and is a past member of Rotary. Sitter is an active member in
 his local church as a CCD teacher and lector.

Sitter grew up in Drayton, ND, and has extended family from the Bismarck and Dickinson area.
 He is married to Jennifer, also a graduate of the University of Mary in 2003. They have five children, Kaitlyn, Laura, Megan, David, and Emily.