SJC President Receives Honorary Degree from St. Francis College

BROOKLYN AND PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – May 2, 2011 - St. Joseph’s College is pleased to announce that President S. Elizabeth A. Hill, C.S.J., J.D. was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from St. Francis College on Friday, April 29 at its 127th Annual Charter Day Convocation Celebration for her contributions as a leader in higher education and the Brooklyn and Long Island communities as well as her numerous charitable works. She also served as keynote speaker at the event.

“We were honored to have S. Elizabeth Hill, C.S.J. as our keynote speaker for our 127th Annual Charter Day,” said St. Francis College President Brendan J. Dugan. “In a room full of experienced Catholic educators, S. Elizabeth stands alone as a successful leader who we all respect and seek to emulate.” 

President of St. Joseph’s College since 1997, S. Elizabeth has received numerous awards over the years in recognition of her dedicated leadership, outstanding service to the community and commitment to the field of education. A three-time recipient of Long Island Business News’ Top 50 Women award for her consistent record as one of the region’s most important and influential women, she was also named a “Woman Sustaining the American Spirit” by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, a “Woman of Distinction” by former State Senator Caesar Trunzo and “Person of the Year” by Temple Beth El in Patchogue, among her many other notable recognitions.

S. Elizabeth is on the Steering Committee of the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE) and sits on the College of Advisors for ERASE Racism. She is on the Board of Directors of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU), the Independence Community Foundation, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Greene Strategic Neighborhood Action Partnership (SNAP) and the Brookhaven Board of Ethics. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The Mary Louis Academy and Xaverian High School and the Board of Advisors for Saint Saviour High School.

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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