George C. Garrow named 2023 Penn State Alumni Fellow

Primary Health Network CEO was nominated by representatives from Penn State Shenango
President Neeli Bendapudi and George Garrow pose for a photo on stage with the Alumni Fellow Award

Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi presents the Alumni Fellow Award to George C. Garrow, the CEO of Primary Health Network.

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SHARON, Pa. — George C. Garrow, chief executive officer at Primary Health Network, has been named a 2023 Penn State Alumni Fellow by the Penn State Alumni Association. Garrow graduated from Penn State with a medical degree in 1985.

The Alumni Fellow Award is the most prestigious award given by the Alumni Association. This year’s ceremony was held on Sept. 20 at the State Theatre in downtown State College. 

As the CEO at Primary Health Network, Pennsylvania’s largest Federally Qualified Health Center, Garrow oversees its mission of providing access to high quality care to all, especially members of historically underrepresented communities and those who are most vulnerable. Since taking on this role in July 2022, Primary Health Network has been named as one of "North America’s Inspiring Workplaces."

Garrow was nominated for the Alumni Fellow Award by representatives from Penn State Shenango. 

“We are examples of the great things that can be accomplished when good people are given the opportunity to pursue their dreams,” Garrow said during his remarks at the Alumni Fellow Award ceremony on Sept. 20. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue to collaborate with teams from the College of Medicine, the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing, many other departments here at University Park, and at Commonwealth Campuses, including Penn State Shenango, where we are working to understand and address socioeconomic, environmental and other health factors that present barriers to our community to achieve optimum health.” 

Garrow and his wife, Diane, who graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in 1978, and a graduate degree in 1985, have two daughters, Kaitlin and Tessa. 

Alumni are nominated by a Penn State college or campus as leaders in their professional fields and accept an invitation from Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty and administrators. 

Visit the Alumni Association’s website for more information on this year’s honorees, and watch George Garrow accept the Alumni Fellow Award on the Alumni Association’s YouTube channel.