[IMGCAP(1)]The California University of Pennsylvania College of Liberal Arts bestowed their 2011 Outstanding Alumnus Award on Thomas L. Bakaitus, Jr., chief operation officer at Pennsylvania regional CPA firm Herbein + Company.

College of Liberal Arts Interim Dean Dr. Mohamed Yamba presented the award April 8 during CAL U Pride Weekend.

Presented to alumni who distinguish themselves in professional and community work, Bakaitus is the fourth recipient of this award.

Bakaitus graduated from the university in 1983 with a degree in administration and management and earned his masters in taxation from Duquesne University. He joined Herbein + Company in 1993, was named partner in 2001, operating officer in 2007 and a 2010 and 2011 5-Star Wealth Manager by Pittsburgh magazine.

His practice focuses on corporate, partnership and individual tax with specialized experience in transactional analysis and business consulting.