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Stepinac High School Board of Trustees Holds Reception Awards Ceremony

Honorees are: William J. Kolman (Distinguished Alumnus Award); Rev. Thomas Collins, School President (Student Enrichment Award); Scully Construction LLC, Jim Scully (Partner in Education Award) and White Plains Hospital (Corporate Citizens Award)

A gathering of civic leaders including Westchester Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett and White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach, alumni, community partners and other supporters, parents and students celebrated Archbishop Stepinac High School’s Board of Trustees Awards Reception held last evening at Fenway Golf Club, White Plains, NY.  

Kevin J. Keane (Class of ’74),  Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said that the honorees were recognized for their “exemplary contributions that have not only significantly strengthened Stepinac’s position as one of the nation’s top 50 Catholic high schools but the health and well-being of our community as well.”

The honorees were:

William J. Kolman (Class of ’72): Distinguished Alumnus Award
A resident of Ossining, Kolman was recognized for his distinguished 40 plus-year career as a prominent information technology executive. He is the founder of Data Center Partner, a data center consultancy and principal of the Antara Group, a technology infrastructure consultancy. Previously, he served as executive vice president and head of sales for Telx; vice president of Savvis, now CenturyLink; executive vice president and officer of AT&T and senior vice president and sector head at Concert.

Kolman and his family are long-time supporters of Stepinac. Recently inducted into the school’s Hardwood Hall of Fame, he credits his Stepinac experience and involvement over the last 45 years for his personal and business success.

Rev. Thomas Collins (Class of ’79): Student Enrichment Award
Born in Yonkers and raised in White Plains, Father Collins is celebrating his 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood in 1992, following his studies at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers.  In 1995, he returned to Stepinac as a member of the faculty and as an avid coach of the golf team. In 2001, he was named Associate Dean of Students and a year later became Dean of Students, a position he held until 2007 when he joined the school’s Office of Development. After successfully spearheading a successful capital campaign, Father Collins in 2011 was named by the Board of Trustees as the school’s ninth president.  He continues to be a major fundraiser for his alma mater.

James Scully (Class of ’80), Scully Construction LLC: Partner in Education Award
James Scully is a partner of a partner of Scully Construction LLC, White Plains, a leading provider of general contracting and construction management services in the tri-state area as well as a life-long resident of White Plains and supporter of his alma mater. After graduating from St. John’s Elementary School and Stepinac, he received a B.S. degree from the University at Buffalo and a Construction Management degree from New York University. Scully has served as both a Trustee and President of the Stepinac Foundation. Active in his community, he is a member of the Westchester Hills Golf Club, the Irish Business Organization, the Westchester Building Contractors Association and the White Plains St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee.

White Plains Hospital: Corporate Citizens Award (accepted by J. Michael Divney(Class of ’56)
White Plains Hospital (WPH), member of the Montefiore Health System, is a leading provider of exceptional acute and preventive medical care in Westchester and the surrounding areas. WPH has long been a significant economic, health and wellness pillar for the White Plains community. Among its numerous prestigious awards, the hospital has repeatedly received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades®, given to only 10% of hospitals nationwide, for achieving outstanding performance in the delivery of positive experiences for patients during their hospital stay.

Accepting the Corporate Citizens Award on behalf of the hospital was distinguished Stepinac alumnus J. Michael Divney, immediate past chair of WPH’s Board of Trustees.

White Plains Mayor Roach presented each of the honorees with a city proclamation.  Kevin Plunkett, a distinguished Stepinac alumnus (Class of ’67)  told the audience that the names of the honorees will be rotating all day on the county’s prominently displayed “Jumbotron” at the Center.

Keane noted that the awards ceremony also celebrates the remarkable advances that Stepinac has made since 2009 when it became an independently chartered school within the Archdiocese of New York and which gave rise to the creation of the Board of Trustees.

He cited some of the school’s recent ground-breaking, innovative developments including the Honors Academy, an innovative three-year personalized learning program for academically high achieving students pursuing advanced studies in either engineering, health sciences, economics/finance or law and the acclaimed Drama Club that has produced award-winning regional premieres of major musicals including the current production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” musical.