Alumna Honored with National Alpha Chi Award 

8/3/2010 
Alumni & Friends News 

Heather Biehl '89Westminster alumna Heather Biehl of Acton, MA, class of 1989, has been chosen by the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society to receive the 2011 Alpha Chi Distinguished Alumni Award.

Biehl is the first Westminster alumni to receive this prestigious award, which will be presented at the Alpha Chi National Convention in San Diego, CA March 31-April 2, 2011.  She will also be a featured speaker on the program.  Previous winners of this award include Dan Rather, anchor of CBS Evening News, and Ms. Coleen Rowley, the FBI agent and whistleblower who reported on suspicious flight training done by the 9/11 hijackers.

“On behalf of all of us in the Westminster community, I congratulate Heather for receiving this great honor and bringing honor to our College,” says Westminster President Dr. George B. Forsythe.  “Alpha Chi is the epitome of what Westminster stands for—academic excellence, leadership, and character, and the National Council could not have made a better selection than Heather.”

“This is all very exciting and I am so pleased that I will be representing Westminster at this awards event,” says Biehl who recently received the 2010 Westminster Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award in a special Alumni Honors Convocation Ceremony held during Alumni Weekend on campus.  She is in charge of Intelligence Programs for BBN Technologies, a company that creates and markets analytic tools and technical solutions for the United States Intelligence community.

Previously, she was Director of Intelligence Programs for BAE Systems-Advanced Information Technologies and Senior Political Analyst, Watch Officer for the Operations Center and a member of the Career Training Program for the Central Intelligence Agency.  She is a founding member of the Defense and Intelligence Program Office for Advanced Information Technologies.

Nationally established in 1922, Alpha Chi is the most prestigious national academic honorary society at Westminster College.  Only the top 10 percent of seniors and the top 5 percent of the junior class are eligible to be members.  The Missouri Delta Chapter of Alpha Chi was founded at Westminster College September 24, 1975, with the induction of 20 charter members.  Its objectives are the stimulation, development and recognition of scholarship and those elements of character that make scholarship effective. 

Missouri Delta Chapter is eight-time winner of Alpha Chi’s Star Chapter Award as one of the nation’s most outstanding chapters.  The Missouri Delta Chapter from Westminster was recently chosen to be regional representative for the President’s Cup competition next year to select Alpha Chi’s most outstanding national chapter.