DelVal President Dr. Joseph Brosnan honored with an Excellence in Education award

Apr 30, 2012

College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan speaking at the Excellence Awards ceremony.

College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan received the Excellence in Education Award from his graduate alma mater, the State University of New York at Albany Saturday, April 28.

The alumni association honored him for this achievement as part of its annual Excellence Awards.

“The Board of Trustees and the entire Delaware Valley College community are extremely pleased and wish to congratulate President Joseph S. Brosnan for the honor bestowed on him this past weekend,” said DelVal Board of Trustees Chairperson Dr. James Trainer.

Dr. Trainer said that Dr. Brosnan was honored for his transformational leadership at DelVal over past five years, as well as the work he has done over the course of his more than 40 years in higher education.

“We believe that his outstanding work during his tenure at DelVal was a major contributing factor in his being named for this honor,” said Dr. Trainer of the award.

A committee reviews nominations for the Excellence in Education Award and selects the recipients.

“The Excellence in Education Award honors alumni for extraordinary distinction in the field of education including: pre-K through post secondary classroom teaching, school services and administration/ supervision,” said Melissa Samuels, director of alumni programs for The State University of New York at Albany.

Samuels said Dr. Brosnan was chosen for his experience and leadership ability.

“He was selected for the breadth and depth of his experience. Based on all the supporting information we’ve received, it was clear that regardless of which institution he was a part of, he made a difference,” said Samuels. “He’s an exceptional leader, who is really great at listening and building consensus. He’s being honored for the transformational changes that took place under his leadership.”

The event included a reception, a dinner and an awards program. The association honors alumni for their contributions to society in a variety of categories at the event. The association presented 15 awards this year.

Some of the other categories include: distinguished alumni, citizen award, excellence in alumni service, entrepreneurship, young alumni, business, arts and letters, community and public service, and science and technology.

Dr. Trainer attended the awards ceremony with Dr. Brosnan and his family. He said he enjoyed meeting Dr. Brosnan’s friends and colleagues from other institutions where he has served.

“This award is a testament to Joe’s outstanding career and brings honor not only to Joe and his family, but to those institutions where he has served so well over the years, which certainly include Delaware Valley College,” said Dr. Trainer. “We are honored along with him.”

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