Andrew Towne, a 2000 graduate of Grand Forks Central High School, has been selected to join the school's Distinguished Alumni group.

Towne will be formally inducted during the Homecoming Pep Rally at 2 p.m. Thursday.

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He will also be addressing students earlier that day.

The Distinguished Alumni designation honors Central graduates who have made a significant impact on their communities and professions and serve as models of success, according to a news release from Grand Forks Public Schools.

A portrait and biography of Towne will be hung in a hallway of Grand Forks Central where other inductees are honored. Past inductees are Dr. Tom Amberry, Lucy Dalglish, Ronald Davies, Hal Gershman, Jeffrey Holmes, Phyllis (Lanes) Johnson, Peter Lindgren, Paul Markovich, Stuart McDonald, Dr. Casey Ryan, Wes Rydell, Jill (Simmons) Techel, Dr. Kathryn Uhrich and Chris Vein.

Towne, a co-valedictorian of his high school class, is project leader for Boston Consulting Group.

Towne, who lives in Minneapolis, is a former employee of the CIA where he worked as an analyst, and wrote intelligence products and provided analysis during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Towne climbed Mount Everest in 2017. As part of his climbing mission, he raised more than $50,000 to promote intercultural understanding among U.S. students.

Towne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a juris doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Towne is the son of Gary Towne, professor of music at UND, and the late Rev. Page Towne.