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Stepinac High School Board of Trustees To Hold Reception Awards Ceremony, April 27



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)

Archbishop Stepinac High School’s Board of Trustees will hold its 2017 Reception Awards ceremony, 6:30 to 9:30 PM, Thursday, April 27 at Fenway Golf Club, 384 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains, NY.  

The biennial event that attracts about 400 guests not only recognizes distinguished alumni, faculty and supporters but raises funds to provide financial aid and scholarships for Stepinac students.

Kevin J. Keane (Class of ’74), Trustees chair, said: “We will recognize honorees whose exemplary contributions 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 are:

William J. Kolman (Class of ’72): Distinguished Alumnus Award
A resident of Ossining, Kolman will be 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.

Scully Construction LLC/James Scully (Class of ’80): Partner in Education Award
Scully Construction LLC, White Plains, is a leading provider of general contracting and construction management services in the tri-state area.  James Scully, a partner, is 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 will be distinguished Stepinac alumnus J. Michael Divney, immediate past chair of WPH’s Board of Trustees.

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 ground-breaking, innovative developments including the first-of-its-kind in the nation all-digital textbook library and personalized blended learning environment that earned Stepinac the reputation as a standard bearer of curriculum innovation; 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 forthcoming production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”  Their impact has resulted in steady increases in enrollment, the unprecedented need for establishing wait lists for admissions several months before the start of a new year and a media buzz: http://cny.org/stories/School-Spirit-Rising-With-Enrollment-at-Archbishop-Stepinac,14100

For more information about the reception which will feature an extensive array of valuable raffle prizes and to make reservations, contact Paul Thomas at pthomas@stepinac.org  or call at 914-946-4800 ext. 245