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Mary Korpi named Distinguished Nevadan

Regent Kevin Melcher congratulates Mary Korpi for her achievements. Looking on is UNR president Marc Johnson.

Theresa Danna-Douglas, UNR photographer

RENO — Longtime Newmont Mining Corp. communications director Mary Korpi was honored as a Distinguished Nevadan by the Board of Regents.

The award was presented Dec. 10 at the UNR commencement. It is the most prestigious award conferred by the Regents, and is bestowed upon prominent individuals who have made significant achievements that have contributed to the cultural, scientific or social advancement of Nevada.

The Regents said throughout her distinguished career in the mining industry, Korpi has had a profound and lasting impact on the lives of all Nevadans.

Korpi’s personal commitment to northern Nevada and to numerous nonprofit and community based organizations in the community of Elko, as well as her professional achievements in a career spanning nearly four decades, have demonstrated a passion for excellence and for enriching and improving the lives of all people, according to Natalie Savidge, senior communications specialist at UNR.

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A graduate of Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, with a degree in chemical engineering, Korpi began working for Newmont Mining in 1976 as a chemical engineer. She moved to Elko in 1987 and served in a variety of capacities for Newmont, including director of metallurgical services, director of loss control, leach and mill process superintendent, and, over the final 20 years of her career, as director of external relations and communications for North America.

Known for her personal graciousness, technical expertise and her ability to reach out in meaningful and lasting ways to her community, her state and all of North America, Korpi was called by one colleague “the face and voice of Newmont in North America.”

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