The bubbly flowed like the East River as the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, members of St. Joseph’s College, and invited guests including Borough President Adams, and Councilwoman Lori Cumbo, (D–Clinton Hill) welcomed Dr. Jack Calareso as the seventh president of St. Joseph’s College at a grand whoop-de-do on Nov. 18.
Peter Meyer, NYC Market pres. of TD Bank, trustee of the board at St. Joseph’s, past chairman of the Brooklyn Chamber, and member of the search committee, explained the reason for the gala event: “As a member of the search committee, past chairman of the Chamber and an alum of the college, I thought ‘what better way to introduce Dr Calareso to the Brooklyn community?’ ” he said. And where better to bring the titans of the borough’s biggest organizations together than at St. Joseph’s College where futures are made and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce where businesses are made?
He added, “The hiring of Dr. Calareso is a historic event for the college. Dr. Calareso is not only the first lay person to hold the position, but he is also the first male to do so.” All past presidents have been members of the Sisters of St. Joseph order, Peter explained, and added, “When Sister Elizabeth Hill, who served as president for the past 17 years, stepped down as the sixth president, a national search was initiated to find the most qualified individual to bring the college into its second century — St. Joseph’s will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016 — and I am sure that Dr. Calareso will do just that.”
“Dr. Calareso brings years of experience to the position,” Peter commented. “He served as president of Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass. since 2007, was past president of Ohio Dominican University and Briar Cliff University, and earned a national reputation for liberal arts education, teaching, and administration.”
Carlo Scissura, president and chief executive officer of the Brooklyn Chamber expressed his pleasure at the appointment, and told Standing O: “St. Joseph’s College is a gem of a school, so it is the perfect place for a wonderful educator like Dr. Calareso. I am sure that Jack and St. Joseph’s will make a terrific partnership, which will improve the lives of countless young Brooklynites from across the borough.”
Standing O joins with the family of St. Joseph’s and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in welcoming Dr. Calareso to the borough, and sends a special Standing O to Peter Meyer for uniting the two organizations. A toast for Dr. Calareso “Long may you serve.”
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