College Honors Sr. Dorothy Ann Kelly at Trustee Gala
10/12/2012 

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The College of New Rochelle closed the Inaugural Year of President Judith Huntington with a celebration of the legacy of Sr. Dorothy Ann Kelly, O.S.U., the 11th President of the College, at The Trustee Gala October 11, 2012.

Greatly respected for her commitment to quality education, access and innovation, Sr. Dorothy Ann was a national leader in higher education. During her 25 years as president of The College of New Rochelle, she reaffirmed the College’s commitment to the empowerment of women, the liberal arts, the study and use of technology and the business, civic and cultural concerns of Westchester County.

Under Sr. Dorothy Ann’s leadership, the College grew from one school on one campus with a student body of approximately 900 to four schools with seven campuses and a student enrollment of over 6,500. She was instrumental in the founding of three of the College’s four schools—the Graduate School, the School of New Resources, and the School of Nursing.
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An academic leader beyond CNR campuses, she became the first woman Chair of the New York State Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities and was named the first woman Chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).

In recognition of her leadership role in independent higher education, she also was the first woman to receive the Henry D. Paley Memorial Award from NAICU. She was the only women’s college president to serve as a member of the official U.S. delegation to the Fourth U.N. Conference for Women held in Beijing, China in 1995.

The College of New Rochelle and American higher education are the beneficiaries of this multi-talented, highly competent, visionary woman whose life we celebrate today.

During the Gala the College also honored CNR alumnae/i whose lives and careers exemplify the lasting values and ideals of Sr. Dorothy Ann Kelley, O.S.U.. The Honorees are:

Rosa Kittrell Barksdale
Chief Executive Officer
Barksdale Home Care Services

Dee DelBello
Chief Executive Officer
Westfair Communications Inc.
    
Celeste M. Johnson
Associate Commissioner/Regional Director
Metropolitan Area Regional Office
New York State Department of Health
    
Dolores Castellano King
Former Chief Executive Officer
William J. Hirten Company, Inc.
    
Valerie Salembier
Senior Vice President, Publisher
Chief Revenue Officer
Town & Country

Gala Committee / Gala Chairs

Sr. Dorothy Ann was also honored at the Academic Convocation. Click here for more information.

Pictured at top (l-r): Top row: Elizabeth Bell LeVaca, Member of the Board of Trustees; Celeste M. Johnson; President Judith Huntington; Shiba Russell, 5 p.m. & 11 p.m. Anchor, WNBC-TV, News 4 New York, Emcee for the evening; Dee DelBello; Michael Ambler, Chair of the Board of Trustees. Bottom row: Dolores Castellano King, Valerie Salembier, Rosa Kittrell Barksdale.