By Megan Starley, contributor
The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has bestowed its highest honor on a former student who came from a small town in Utah and is now the senior vice president of human resources for the Disney/ABC Television Group.
Steve Milovich (Photo by Ron Adair)
Jon M. Huntsman presented Steve Milovich with the Distinguished Executive Alumnus Award at a banquet at Utah State University that drew more than 550 people. The Annual Awards Banquet offers friends and alumni who have funded scholarships the opportunity to meet the students they have helped.
Mr. Milovich, who was raised in Price, Utah, now oversees all of the organizational and human resource efforts worldwide at the Disney/ABC Television Group. The group includes the ABC Television Network, Disney Channels Worldwide, cable network’s ABC Family, Disney/ESPN television and several other major entities.
“Life has given each of us not only a full measure of challenges but also abundant opportunities,” said Mr. Huntsman. “Steve thrives in situations where he can build something positive from scratch or refine an operation so that it delivers better results.”
Mr. Huntsman told the group that Mr. Milovich believes business schools should teach the importance of ethical decision-making.
“He believes in teaching students to be innovative thinkers, to understand the global marketplace and to be empowered with accurate analytical skills,” Mr. Huntsman said.
Mr. Milovich, who graduated from the Huntsman School of Business in 1979 with a degree in economics, said that this award should be shared with his late father who pushed him to finish his degree. After graduating, Mr. Milovich later went on to earn his MBA at Pepperdine University in 1999, and said his focus on his personal and family life has given him the foundation for a successful vocational life.
“In my view, a focus on family and other dimensions of life beyond just a career will actually increase the likelihood that you will have sustained career success,” he said. “I really believe that a singular focus on work, your career and yourself is simply not sustainable in the long run.”
Mr. Milovich has also served in leadership positions at Walker Digital, AlliedSignal-Honeywell International, Broadway Stores and PepsiCo. During his visit to USU, the executive met with students in classroom settings. There, he talked about industry trends in human resources and offered insight on how students might better succeed in the rapidly-changing global marketplace.
“We picked Steve for this honor because he is a great example of a nice guy who has finished first,” Dean Douglas D. Anderson said. “Steve has a wonderful moral compass that has never failed him: treat people right, take care of your customer, focus on creating value, be honest in everything you do, work hard and continue to learn and business success will follow. He is a great example of what students at the Huntsman School of Business can aspire to become. We are enormously proud of him.”