Thursday, March 10, 2016

Catholic Leadership Service Award

Partners in Mission & FACTS Management
Present Catholic Leadership Service Award

On Monday, February 29 at the National Leadership Conference for Catholic Schools in Naples, FL, Partners in Mission and FACTS Management presented the Catholic Leadership Service Award to Father Philip K. Eichner, President of Kellenberg Memorial High School in front of over 130 other Catholic school leaders.

The award, recognizing a genuine leader in Catholic Education, is given to one who ignites and inspires all through their leadership in Catholic Education.

Father Eichner has led the 2,700 student, academically acclaimed Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale, New York since its founding thirty years ago. This came after serving twenty-five years as President of his alma mater, the highly acclaimed Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York where he established an endowment in 1986 valued today at more than $60 million. In fact, during 1987 through 1992, Father served as President of both schools.

Beyond building stellar reputations and success at both schools, through his leadership both schools fostered vocations leading to a remarkable 26 members for his Marianist Order.

Among a host of other leadership roles, Father Eichner serves as Chair of the Board of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

Pictured above with Father Eichner are Dan Hughes, Senior Vice President of FACTS Management, and Larry Furey, Founder and Partner of Partners in Mission, who were on hand to present the award.

“Our passion is often ignited through the inspiration of an individual readily recognized as a genuine leader in Catholic Education like Father Eichner,” stated Larry Furey.

Dan Hughes stated, “Father Eichner’s contributions to Catholic Education is truly inspiring and it is an honor to have ad the opportunity to participate in recognizing such a remarkable leader and contributor to Catholic Education.”

Through this Catholic Leadership Service Award, Partners in Mission and FACTS Management recognize Father Eichner's accomplishment while saying “thank you” for igniting our passion and inspiring each of us to excellence in advancing the mission of Catholic education.

Sister Clare Fitzgerald, SSND, Founder and Director of the Catholic School Leadership Program of the Graduate School of Education at Boston College, was the first recipient in 2014 of this award.

This will be presented in alternate years at The National Leadership Conference for Catholic Schools held in Naples, Florida. The next conference is planned for February 25-28, 2018.