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YWCA Honors Iona Provost

From left: Iona alumnus William H.P. Kaung ’78MBA, Sinforosa Tan Kaung, Ph.D. -- recipients of the Mission Maker award -- and Vincent J. Calluzzo, Ph.D., interim provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Iona College, recipient of the Community Champion award.
New Rochelle, NY (May 6, 2016) Vincent J. Calluzzo, Ph.D., Iona College’s interim provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, received the Community Champion award from the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester and the Women’s Research and Education Fund (WREF), on Friday, May 6.
The 8th annual benefit luncheon “In the Company of Women” at the Tarrytown Marriott recognized several “Champions” who, through their professional or volunteer commitments, embody the mission of the YWCA, empowering women and eliminating racism through their involvement and personal generosity.
“We all should have the opportunity, actually the right, to dream and strive and achieve regardless of who you are without any conditions based upon your gender, race, gender identity, religion, or your economic condition,” Dr. Calluzzo said in accepting the honor. “I have been in education for 46 years and one of my primary goals has been to provide the tools for my students, and now my faculty and staff, to realize their dream.”
Iona alumnus William H.P. Kaung ’78MBA, a Westchester professional in the life and health insurance industry, also was honored at the gala with a Mission Maker award.
Paul J. Sutera, Iona’s senior vice president for Advancement and External Affairs, served as an honorary co-chair of the YMCA benefit. “I am pleased to volunteer with the YWCA, a most deserving organization, and am proud that two members of the Iona community were among those recognized,” he said. “The honors reflect Iona’s mission, vision and values and are indicative of how the College positively impacts Westchester County and well beyond.”
Before being named interim provost in July 2015, Dr. Calluzzo served Iona College for more than 35 years as a professor and dean of the School of Business, having joined the faculty in September 1980.
In his current role at Iona, Dr. Calluzzo has led strategic plan efforts to increase diversity, retention, faculty development opportunities and student success at Iona as well as implement a new academic core curriculum that goes into effect fall 2016. 
Dr. Calluzzo has served as a member of the Information Systems Department faculty where his research interests include investment strategies and visual basic applications development. He has also served as department chair and representative on several governance committees and on the faculty senate. In October 2005, Dr. Calluzzo was appointed Dean of Iona’s School of Business, accredited by AACSB International – a highly acclaimed distinction awarded to just 5 percent of business schools worldwide. Under his leadership, the school introduced multiple degree and certificate programs and centers of excellence, including the Center for Financial Market Studies and the Business Analytics Institute. 
Dr. Calluzzo earned his Ph.D. in operations research, MS in applied mathematics and BS in aerospace engineering at Polytechnic University. He also holds an MS in education from Queens College, New York.
About Iona College:
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private Catholic coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan, it is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering 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. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.