Kenneth Hugendubler ’90
Accounting | Mechanicsburg, Pa.
When Kenneth Hugendubler assumed the presidency of the board of directors of The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (HSHA) five years ago, it was shackled by a $300,000 deficit. During his first month in office, he had to deal with both the resignation of the group’s executive director and an outbreak of parvovirus that threatened to shut down the animal shelter.
Since then, however, under Hugendubler’s leadership and that of a new executive director, HSHA has undergone a remarkable transformation. The Susquehanna accounting major, who is now a partner leading the insurance practice group for ParenteBeard, a mid-Atlantic accounting and business advisory firm, made the tough decision to close one of HSHA’s two shelters. HSHA also recruited better-qualified veterinarians, reduced its debt and, in the heart of the economic downturn, last year launched a $2.8 million capital finance campaign to improve its facilities and enhance public awareness.
The theme of the campaign, which echoes Hugendubler’s philosophy, is “Building a better community for pets and people.” With more than $1 million raised thus far, a new surgical suite and significantly more dog and cat kennels are already being utilized.
Hugendubler also serves on and is the past chair of the Greater Harrisburg Regional Council of Junior Achievement of South Central PA; is on the board of directors and treasurer of the United Way of the Capital Region; and has been/will be president of two different Rotary International chapters. In recognition of such work, he received the 2009 Distinguished Public Service Award from the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was also named to the Central Penn Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” list in 2006.
Hugendubler, who also has volunteered for Susquehanna’s Alumni Career Team and its Alumni-Parent Admissions Network, credits the university for his community service commitment.
“Coming out of Hershey High School, I was a typical male teenager consumed with myself,” he recalls. But he really wanted to live in historic Seibert Hall, which required students to do community service. So he joined Big Brothers Big Sisters and took a young, needy Selinsgrove boy under his wing—a role he continued after graduation. He also tutored adults trying to overcome alcoholism while working toward their general education development (GED) high-school equivalency exams in Sunbury.
“They were all trying their hardest to get a second chance in life, and it really opened my eyes to the incredible needs in the community,” recalls Hugendubler. “I felt like I was doing something to help people improve their lives and it taught me a lot about what I could do.”
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