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Western Alumni Association Announces 2017 Distinguished Alumnus

Rob Abraham

LA CROSSE, Wis., April 13, 2017 – Western Technical College’s Alumni Association awarded this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award to Rob Abraham, assistant police chief for the City of La Crosse. He will be the keynote speaker at Western’s commencement on Saturday, April 22, and a special reception will be held in his honor prior to the ceremony.

Abraham, of La Crosse, is a 1993 graduate of the Police Science program. He started his career in law enforcement in 1990 as a police cadet for the City of La Crosse Police Department. In 1993, he became a police officer with the Onalaska Police Department, where he spent 13 months, before returning to La Crosse.

In addition to his Western degree, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Mt. Scenario College. He is a recent graduate of the 267th Session of the FBI National Academy at the University of Virginia. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, Class #251 and the Wisconsin Certified Public Managers program at UW-Madison. He was recognized in 2008 with the Wisconsin Community Policing-Sir Robert Peel Award.

He has served as an instructor for the Wisconsin Police Corps and as an adjunct instructor for Western Technical College. Abraham is a certified assessor for the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group.

“Rob has excelled in his professional development and leadership while selflessly serving his community,” said Sally Emerson, alumni manager at Western. “We couldn’t be prouder of him as a role model for all alumni.”

Western’s Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes dedicated service to the community or nation, leadership, personal growth and achievement, professional achievement, and contributions to the Western district.

For more information on Western’s Alumni Association or to submit a nomination for the Distinguished Alumni Award, call 608-789-6083. To learn more about Western programs and services, call 608-785-9200.