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President Mark R. Nemec, PhD, Honored by Brooklyn Jesuit Prep

June 13, 2022

by Fairfield News

(FutureChurch’s Commissioned Art for Women Witnesses for Racial Justice Art by Chloe Becker is featured)

Dr. Nemec received the Thea Bowman Award for Education for his leadership and Fairfield University’s commitment to raising the level of educational access and achievement for underrepresented students.

Fairfield University President Mark R. Nemec, PhD, was honored at the 2022 Brooklyn Jesuit Prep Gala and Celebration on May 11. Dr. Nemec received the Thea Bowman Award for Education, which is conferred upon an individual who demonstrates Sister Thea Bowman’s belief in the transformative power of education to bring about a more compassionate, multi-cultural community of justice and faith.

The granddaughter of a slave, Sister Bowman was a lifelong educator and founder of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University and the National Black Sisters Conference. Her mission centered around intercultural awareness and building up the Black Catholic community, sharing its rich cultural and spiritual heritage through prayer, music, writing, teaching, and preaching.

Senior leadership from Fairfield University and Fairfield Prep were among those who attended the event at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. Dr. Nemec was introduced by Brooklyn Jesuit Prep Class of 2009 alumnus and trustee Chris Ferreira, who presented the award with President Rev. Mario Powell, S.J., and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Christian Johnson.

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