Neag Alumni Society Announces Annual Honorees, Invites Guests

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Faculty, alumni, and guests will gather to formally recognize the achievements of some of our outstanding graduates. Our award recipients include educators and professionals who have made significant contributions across all professions:

The Outstanding Early Career Professional is Ashley M. Combs, ’14 MS in sport management, executive assistant to senior vice president, basketball & client services manager, at Excel Sports Management in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The Outstanding School Administrator is Peter M. Dart, ’09 6th Year in educational leadership, principal of Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker in Hartford, Conn.

The Outstanding School Superintendent is William J. Hull, ’79 BA in history/ secondary education, ’86 MA in education, and ’06 executive leadership certificate, superintendent of Putnam Public Schools in Putnam, Conn.

The Outstanding Higher Education Professional is Jack F. McManus, ’69 Ph.D. in educational psychology and evaluation, professor of education at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.

The Outstanding Professional is Susan M. Baum, ’85 Ph.D. in special education, director of the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy in Studio City, Calif.; co-director of the International Center for Talent Development; and professor emeritus at the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, N.Y.

The Distinguished Alumnus is John J. Connolly, Ed.D., ’63 MA in education, president and chief executive officer of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. in New York, N.Y.

Come and bring others with you to honor your colleagues and friends who are so influential in the field of education. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Attire is business formal. No-host bar. The cost of the dinner is $60 per person. Reservations can be made by visiting or by calling University Events & Conference Services at (860) 486-1038 by Monday, March 16, 2015. For additional questions pertaining to the evening, please contact Robyn Wilgis at (860) 486-6044 or

We look forward to greeting you on March 28.