CASE District I Achievement and Recognition Awards
Dr William Fitzgerald
Dr William Fitzgerald came to St Joseph High School as Head of School in 2008. His determination to secure a sustainability model over and against market trends has been consistent, deliberate, and strategic. In 2014, he navigated a visionary plan for an independent Catholic College Preparatory School in Southern Connecticut that solidified the school’s future. Complementing the focus on advanced academics and college-oriented programs, the school’s 57 acres soon took on the look of a college campus, including the multi-million dollar O’Keefe Media Center, new athletic fields, a Health and Wellness Center, and an environmental classroom in our adjacent wetlands.
“Dr Fitz” leads through congeniality, transparency, and always with grace. He demonstrates a high degree of respect for his colleagues and is a model of collaboration. Problem-solving, for him, is a team sport. His motto: “Together, for others” has encouraged a tradition of selfless service among our students and staff that has since extended to the global community. His enthusiasm for the mission and the vision of St Joseph High School is valued by those who work alongside him.
Prior to working in education, Dr. Fitzgerald worked in the publishing world. He has BA in English from UMass, Amherst, a Master’s in Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School, and a Masters and Doctorate in Education from Boston College.
Shannon Wood serves as the Assistant Director of the Holy Cross Fund at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. In her role, Shannon oversees young alumni annual giving and student philanthropy. Shannon’s leadership and innovation working with GOLD alumni and the senior class gift effort has driven several record-breaking participation campaigns at Holy Cross.
Shannon was first introduced to the world of advancement and CASE at the University of Connecticut where she earned her bachelor’s degree in communication and was an active participant in CASE ASAP through the UConn Student Alumni Association.
Each year, CASE District I recognizes outstanding individual contributions to education through volunteer leadership and professional achievement with two awards. Nominations are sought from throughout the membership, and recipients are honored at the annual District I Achievement and Accolades Awards Celebration Luncheon, which gathers together district leaders, volunteers, and conference attendees for a memorable evening. The awards bestowed on District I members include the Chief Executive Leadership Award and the Rising Star Award.
The Rising Star Award recognizes the accomplishments of new advancement professionals whose early success promises future leadership and achievement.
The Chief Executive Leadership Award has been established to honor institutional leaders for outstanding contributions to their campus communities, for efforts promoting public understanding of education, and for support of advancement at their campuses. Nominees must have demonstrated the ability to increase their institution’s stature in the community and to establish a positive image for their institution while leading it to even higher levels of success.
CASE District I is grateful for the support of the generous Achievement and Accolades Awards celebration sponsors: August Jackson, diamond sponsor of the awards celebration event design, production, and management; Journeyman Press, gold sponsor of the awards program printer; Lark Fine Foods, gold sponsor of the excellence award items, and Honorcraft, bronze sponsor of the recognition award items.