Millersville student, Ben Williamson (left) created the artwork given to Robert M. and Hale A. Krasne as part of the Fourth Annual Susan and Gerald Eckert Service and Philanthropy Award Recognition ceremony.

The Fourth Annual Susan and Gerald Eckert Service and Philanthropy Award Recognition ceremony, held earlier this month in the Eckert Art Gallery on campus, honored Robert M. and Hale A. Krasne. The couple’s names were added to the award plaque at the entrance of the gallery during the ceremony.

The award was established in 2015 and recipients are selected based on exemplary service and philanthropy in advancing the mission of public higher education. Innovative ideas or practices assisting public higher education may also be taken into consideration in the selection process. The annual spendable income from the endowment is directed to a University program in honor of and as directed by the award recipient.

Gerald and Susan Eckert congratulate Robert M. and Hale A. Krasne at the Fourth Annual Susan and Gerald Eckert Service and Philanthropy Award Recognition ceremony.

Hale Krasne is a retired lawyer living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and serves on the Boards of Steinman Communications and The Steinman Foundation. She also serves on the Boards of Franklin & Marshall College and the Lancaster County Community Foundation and is a member of the BB&T Economic Growth Fund Committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. Hale previously worked as an attorney at McKenna Conner & Cuneo in Washington D.C. and has served on the Boards of LancasterHistory and the Boys and Girls Club of Lancaster.

MU President Dr. Daniel Wubah, right, introduces Robert and Hale Krasne as they are presented a student gift in honor of them receiving the Susan and Gerald Eckert Service and Philanthropy Endowment Award by Millersville University on Thursday, October 10, 2019. Photo by Chris Knight. Courtesy of LNP/LancasterOnline

Robert Krasne, Esq. is Chairman and Publisher of LNP Media Group, Inc. and the Chairman and CEO of its parent company, Steinman Communications, an innovative multi-channel communications company. Bob serves as co-chair of The Steinman Foundation, a local private philanthropic organization established by the former publishers and owners of Lancaster Newspapers that has given more than $90 million to groups seeking to improve the quality of life in Lancaster County. Bob is a graduate of Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to moving to Lancaster, Bob was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly, LLP. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at the U.S. Treasury Department at the Comptroller for the Currency and the U.S. Justice Department as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. Bob also taught at McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and founded the strategic business and corporate governance consulting firm, The Krasne Group, LLC.

The Krasnes have supported many local non-profits including; Millersville University, Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster Farmland Trust, The Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Lancaster Central Market Trust, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and LancasterHistory.  Bob founded and serves as Chairman of the Lancaster County STEM Alliance.

The awards plaque is located to the left of the entrance to the Susan and Gerald Eckert Art Gallery and will be updated annually with future award recipients.

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