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McCormick Medal

Presented by the Board of Trustees to a member of the Academy community in recognition of dedicated leadership and voluntary, meritorious, lifelong service to the school


Drew Bitner: 2019 Recipient

Drew BitnerThe McCormick Medal is awarded each year to one individual who exemplifies leadership and service to Harrisburg Academy.  This year’s recipient, Drew Bitner, an alumni parent and retired member of the Board of Trustees at Harrisburg Academy, accepted the 2019 McCormick Medal at Harrisburg Academy’s annual Founders Day celebration on May 19. Founders Day is held at the John Harris and Simon Cameron Mansion in downtown Harrisburg, Harrisburg Academy’s original location.


Drew Bitner earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tri-State University and began his engineering career with PennDot (Department of Highways) in 1967. While working for PennDot, he attended Penn State Capital Campus, completing the required courses for his Master of Engineering degree. Through the years, he spent time with the engineering firms of Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT), Urban Engineers, and Dawood, and currently serves as the township engineer for Fairview Township.


Bitner’s resume includes many accolades and highlights. He served on the Academy’s Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2007. Bitner provided oversight and support to the Middle School and Upper School library renovation project, completed in 2000. During his time as president of the board (2004-07), Dr. Jim Newman was appointed head of school, and Harrisburg Academy pursued and received approval to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma progam. Bitner is a long standing member of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE), American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE), and the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), serving in leadership with each organization.


Bitner served 25 years as a Boy Scout leader in various positions for Lewisberry Cub Pack 284 and Lewisberry Troop 312. He served as the Lewisberry United Methodist Church as council chair, chair of the pastor/parish relations, member of the finance committee, trustees, and supervised a $1.2 million addition to the church. Bitner has also served numerous Masonic organizations during the last 40 years, which includes the purchase and $500,000 renovation of the building for Lowther Manor Lodge No. 781. Bitner will receive the honorary 33º on Aug. 27 in Milwaukee, presented by the Supreme Council of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America.


Bitner and his wife, Ginny, are proud parents to alumni Todd ’04 and Michael ’10, and grandparents to Tegan (age 1). Bitner had the distinct pleasure of presenting a Harrisburg Academy diploma to his son Todd while he served as president of the BOT in 2004. Now semi-retired, Bitner retains part-time positions with Fairview Township and JMT. He and Ginny enjoy spending the winter months traveling in Mexico.


Past Recipients

Steven B. Stewart (2018) 

Thomas B. Schmidt, III (2017)

Kristin Scofield (2016)

Linda Goldstein (2015)

Kate Earley (2014)
Alison Hassman Ballantine ’91 (2013)
Stacey Zuckerman (2012)
Helen McVey Colvin ’60 (2011)
Marion Carey Alexander ’59 (2010)
Blair Trogner (2009)
Randolph St. John (2008)
Bonnie Stevenson (2007)
Anne Davis (2006)
Spencer Nauman, Jr. ’51 (2005)
Marilynn Abrams (2004)



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