The K-State Alumni Association will honor Kansas State University alumnus Marlin Fitzwater as the 2019 recipient of the Alumni Excellence Award. He will receive the award at a banquet on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the K-State Alumni Center. The Alumni Excellence Award is an annual award recognizing an alumni of K-State whose career, service and achievements exemplify the spirit, values and excellence of the university. “Marlin Fitzwater’s commitment and service to our country as press secretary for two U.S. presidents is truly a testament to what K-Staters can accomplish.” Fitzwater is the only press secretary to be appointed by two presidents. He spent a decade in the White House working as press secretary for presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Reagan referred to Fitzwater as “his great communicator.” While in the White House, Fitzwater gave more than 850 press briefings in six years, earning a reputation among the media for his honesty and humor. In the 1990s, Fitzwater regularly appeared on national television shows including “Meet The Press,” “Face The Nation” and “Larry King Live” among others. Aside from his service as press secretary, Fitzwater has been a businessman, journalist, civil servant and presidential adviser.