2015 Alumni Awards Recipients

Daniel Bland

'07 is this year's recipient of the Premier Achievement Award, presented to graduates of the past 10 years who have excelled professionally or within the community, or who have shown extraordinary loyalty and dedication to the College. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications. While at Albertus, Bland was a work-study student at the library and worked full time at Stop & Shop and later at People's Bank; he also was deeply involved in his community and church. He founded TASK (Take a Stand and Know), bringing together a group of young people ages 18-27 for bible study and community service. After graduation, he joined the staff of St. Francis Home for Children, counseling and mentoring adolescents in the juvenile justice system. Today, he works for Greater Bridgeport Prevention Programs through a White House initiative to reduce underage drinking. He also is an international trainer for the One Circle Foundation, teaching police and probation officers, mental health providers and other professionals how to work more effectively with boys and young men. Installed three years ago as senior pastor of Mt. Calvary Holy Church Revival Center in New Haven, he has presided over a major increase in membership, outreach and community involvement. Daniel Bland has begun a master's degree program in pastoral care and counseling at Liberty University. He is married to Melonie K. Bland '05.

Margaret L. Drugovich

'81, president of Hartwick College, a four-year liberal arts and sciences college in Oneonta, New York, is honored for her outstanding professional achievement. Inaugurated in 2008 as Hartwick College's 10th president, she previously had served in various senior administrative and research roles at Ohio Wesleyan University, Bryant University and the Brown University Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research. Her research has focused on transformational leadership, consensus making structures, innovations in higher education and regulatory compliance. She has served on various educational advisory and governing boards, including the Alumni Advisory Council for the Doctor of Management Program at Case Western Reserve University, the Board of Trustees of the New York Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, the Executive Council on Education Women's Network and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Committee on Accountability. She is a member of the U.S. Senate Bipartisan Taskforce on Government Regulation of Higher Education. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology, a master's degree from Brown University and Doctor of Management degree from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, where she also served as a Fellow of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. President Drugovich and her partner, Beth Steele, have two children.