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Honoring Outstanding Alumni
Alumni Award recipients (l-r) Arnold C. Greenberg, Robert H. Forrester '66, and Leonard F. Kwiatkowski '75.
This year, in addition to presenting the traditional awards for Distinguished Alumnus, Distinguished Service, and Honorary Alumnus, the Alumni Association presented the first-ever Anchor Awards. These new awards honor exceptional alumni from each of the university’s schools and colleges, who are making their marks in a variety of fields.
Following are the winners of the 44th Annual Alumni Awards and the new Anchor Awards.
44th Annual Alumni Awards
- The Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to Leonard F. Kwiatkowski, who earned an MBA from the Barney School of Business in 1975. Kwiatkowski is vice president and general manager of military space programs for the Lockheed Martin Corp. Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., Kwiatkowski oversees the execution of several critical national space programs, including highly sophisticated military communications systems; the worldwide Global Positioning System, or GPS; defense weather-monitoring satellites; and the nations’ next-generation, space-based missile warning system.
Kwiatkowski joined Lockheed Martin after a distinguished career in the U. S. Air Force., where he retired with the rank of brigadier general. He is a recipient of the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.
- The Alumni Association presented its Distinguished Service Award to Robert H. Forrester, who graduated from the University of Hartford in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Forrester returned to campus in 1969, after three years in the military, as the executive director of the University of Hartford Associates. He went on to serve as the university's director of corporate relations, assistant to the president, and director of development. In 1977, Forrester was named director of development at New York University.
Forrester’s philanthropic spirit and understanding of the world of higher education and the nonprofit arena culminated in the founding of Payne, Forrester and Olsson, LLP, and Payne, Forrester & Associates LLC, where he is chairman and CEO. The objective of the two consulting firms is to help nonprofits develop their own capacity to successfully raise funds and manage their mission, plans, and business affairs. In addition, Forrester is senior advisor to the Hole in the Wall Camps and the philanthropic advisor to Paul Newman of Newman’s Own. Forrester is also a co-chair of the Home Field Advantage campaign to build new athletic fields at the University of Hartford.
- The Alumni Association also recognized Arnold C. Greenberg (Hon. ’89) as an Honorary Alumnus. Greenberg has served as a regent of the University of Hartford since 1970. He was chairman of the Board of Regents from 1998 to 2003. In 1989 Greenberg was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by the university, and in 2004 he received the University Medal for Distinguished Service.
Greenberg and his wife, Beverly, have been generous supporters of the university. Their $1 million gift in 1985 established the endowed Greenberg Professorship in Judaic Studies and founded the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, named in memory of Arnold Greenberg’s father. In 2000, Arnold and Beverly Greenberg made a second $1 million donation to establish the Greenberg Junior Faculty Research Grant program, which enables promising, young, tenure-track faculty members to pursue scholarly and creative projects. Greenberg, the former chairman and CEO of Coleco Industries, is also recognized as a leader in Hartford’s Jewish community and has chaired numerous boards and foundations.
The recipients of the Anchor Awards are listed below.
Read about the achievements of each of the Anchor Award winners.
Barney School of Business
- Mark. G. Kachur M ’72
- Dr. Charles F. Scholhamer, Jr. EMBA ’02
- Martin Bresnick ’67
- Dr. Peter Kevin Schauer ‘71
- Paula A. Madrid ’99, Psy.D. ‘01
- Martin M. Shea ’68
- Stacey J. McCann ’96, M. Ed. ‘00
- Leslie D. Frank ‘73
- Russell Shannon’98
- Rami O. Slater ’94, MFA ’96
- Hadass Rubin ’84, MFA ‘03
- Marin Ireland '00
- John C. Shaw ‘74