Gene Baierschmidt, executive director of the Humane Society of Utah, has received the Quintus C. Wilson Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Utah communications department.

The award is given to former students and faculty members of the department who have gone on to distinguish themselves in other areas of public service. Baierschmidt, who received his master's degree in communications from the university in 1981, was a teaching assistant in the department from 1978 to 1981. He has served as Humane Society executive director for 20 years.