William L. Rankin ’69
A lifelong supporter of Central College, Bill Rankin ’69 is one of this year’s alumni award winners. Rankin received his degree in psychology from Central. After fulfilling his military service, he earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Washington State University in 1976.
For 10 years, Rankin worked for the Battelle Seattle Research Centers. He also served on the State of Washington Citizen’s Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse for six years. In 1983, he received the Alice Ralls Memorial Award given by the Washington State Council on Alcoholism for “Outstanding Service in Combating Alcoholism.”
Rankin joined The Boeing Company in 1986. He was promoted to Boeing Associate Technical Fellow in 1998 and to Boeing Technical Fellow in 2002. In 2000, Rankin received the International Federation of Airworthiness’ Whittle Safety Award for the Maintenance Error Decision Aid process. He also received the Flight Safety Foundation/Airbus Human Factors in Aviation Safety Award in Lisbon, Portugal, for his body of work in the field of flight safety.
Rankin has co-authored five books, 22 journal articles and more than 30 technical reports and has presented at more than 75 international conferences. He has visited 61 countries during business and vacation travel. Outside of traveling, Rankin also enjoys gardening. He is married to Lori Nakahara, a Boeing engineer.
Rankin has served on Central’s National Advisory Council, funds two Central scholarships and supported the Roe Center through purchase of naming rights for three offices and one seminar room. He is a third generation Central graduate and lauds Central College for the liberal arts education he received, which served as the basis of his career.
Bridget Roll Penick ’95
A lawyer with a prestigious firm, Bridget Roll Penick ’95 is one of this year’s alumni award winners. After graduating magna cum laude from Central with a degree in political science and Spanish, Penick received her Juris Doctorate with high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1998.
Penick is a shareholder and president of the Board of Directors of Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. She is a member of the firm’s Employment and Labor Law Group. Penick advises clients on compliance with federal, state and local employment and labor laws. She also assists clients with employment-related immigration issues.
Penick has been named one of Chambers USA American Leading Lawyers for Business and Best Lawyers for several years. She is also a member of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section Council and the Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section. She belongs to the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is a fellow of Litigation Counsel of America™. She is currently serving as a member of the Polk County Bar Association’s Board of Directors.
Her memories of Central include participating on the Mock Trial team, gaining “sisters for life” in Sigma Phi Omega, studying abroad in London and interning in Parliament and spending a spring break mission trip in Appalachia.
Penick has been married to her husband Wes for 16 years. Together they have four daughters: Madeline, Elizabeth, Caroline and Emerson. They live in Clive, Iowa.