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New Rochelle, NY (April 2011) Dick Cavett, Emmy Award winner, television personality and writer, will be master of ceremonies at Iona College's Trustee Award Dinner, Friday, April 29 at The Waldorf Astoria, New York City.
The event will honor Brother James A. Liguori, CFC, EdD, who will be ending his 17th and final year as Iona College's seventh President, in recognition of his contributions in raising the college's stature.
"Brother Liguori has left an indelible mark at Iona College. His legacy is evident everywhere on the campus," said James P. Hynes, Chair of Iona's Board of Trustees. He added: "Under his leadership, Iona was transformed from a commuter school to a prestigious, nationally-recognized, mid-sized college and a vital neighbor in the New Rochelle community."
Cardinal Edward Egan, former Archbishop of New York and noted songwriter and Iona alum Don McLean ('68) and ('01) honorary degree, will be among the special guests who will celebrate Brother Liguori's legacy as well as the 70th anniversary of the college's founding. Proceeds from the event will be used to establish the James A. Liguori Scholarship Fund that will help academically qualified students who need financial assistance. The black-tie event will feature a menu created by celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich.
Brother Liguori stated: "Throughout my 17 years as President, I have been blessed with the support of Iona's dedicated faculty, administration and staff, and the invigorating presence of a bright and talented student body. In addition, it has given me tremendous satisfaction to see the College keep growing stronger and become more competitive."
Brother Liguori has had a life-long commitment to the betterment of Iona and the City of New Rochelle where he grew up. He is a graduate of Iona Preparatory School and earned a bachelor's degree in English from Iona College in 1965. He subsequently earned a Master of Arts in English education from SUNY New Paltz. He also holds an M.A. and a P.D. (professional diploma) in Educational Administration, and a doctorate in Educational Administration, all from Fordham University. He served as principal of Iona Prep from 1980 to 1989.
During his distinguished 45-year academic career, he also served as principal of Rice High School in Manhattan and Bishop Hendricken High School in Rhode Island. He also served as Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of New York and Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Newark. In 1993, he joined Iona College as Executive Vice President.
Soon after becoming Iona's top administrator in 1995, he developed and implemented the first of three Presidential Strategic Plans that collectively raised more than $100 million over his tenure. These funds enabled Iona College to expand with the construction of new buildings and the renovation of others. This expansion changed both the face of the campus and enhanced student life. Among the new additions were the Hynes Athletics Center; the Robert V. LaPenta Student Union; five residence halls and the recently completed, state-of-the-art Ryan Library.
Community As a long-time resident of New Rochelle, Liguori pursued an active role in beautifying the local New Rochelle community, as well as the physical space of the city. Thanks to his vision, North Street, once lined with bars and decaying storefronts, is now an attractive and vibrant area near the school.
Brother Liguori was also a strong advocate of students and staff being getting more involved in many aspects of the community outside the campus gates. Among the programs have been Campus Ministries that help people in need locally and internationally and the unique Learning in Retirement course offerings for retirees.
In 2006 when he was appointed to his fourth term as Iona's President, Brother Liguori told the Board of Trustees that it would be good for Iona to have fresh leadership and that he intended to complete his tenure in June 2011. "True to the energy and vision that have marked his remarkable career, Brother Liguori has no plans to retire and will look for future challenges," Hynes said. "He leaves behind a legacy of stellar leadership, diligence, commitment and vision that propelled Iona beyond the Board's expectations. It will be felt by many generations of students to come."
For more information about the event, contact Jennifer Feely-Artola at (914) 637-7759 or email@example.com.
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs.
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