Alumni Awards

2012 Alumni Award Recipients

The Premier Achievement Award is presented to graduates of the past ten years who have excelled professionally or within the community, or who have shown extraordinary loyalty and dedication to the College. This year's recipients are Linda Townsend Maier '07, '09 M.B.A. and James T. Scott '07.

Linda Townsend Maier exemplifies community leadership. She pioneered strategies to involve residents of the Dwight area of New Haven in the planning and management of their neighborhood through the creation of the Greater Dwight Development Corporation, which she serves as executive director. As president of the Greater Dwight Community Investment Corporation, with fiduciary responsibility for neighborhood-desired improvements and enhancements, she spearheaded the acquisition and management of a 79,000-square foot shopping center in the neighborhood. A Stop & Shop Supermarket-the only major full-service food mart in downtown New Haven-is the anchor of this commercial center, which includes a children's dental clinic and other needed service businesses and stores. Responding to the neighborhood's desire to have a high-quality day care center available, she brought together a team to create a state-of- the-art early childhood education center-the Montessori School on Edgewood. Townsend Maier is a dedicated servant of her chosen community and continues to work tirelessly to promote the ideals and activities needed to sustain a thriving and vibrant place in which to live and work.
James Scott 07 James T. Scott, a Connecticut State Trooper, is a tireless advocate for community service. His personal focus is on mentoring and helping young people secure the support they need to become educated, productive and successful adults. He recently received the Youth Service Award from the Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs, Inc., for his efforts to help youth achieve their goals. A retired member of the Army National Guard, he specialized in military police operations and promoting soldier morale. On September 11, 2001, he deployed to New York City to assist in coordinating military police operations at Ground Zero. Two years later, he served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he coordinated training programs to prepare a new Iraqi police force to assume security responsibilities. After receiving his bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Albertus, Scott went on to earn an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has been instrumental in establishing the Albertus Criminal Justice Club and Criminal Justice Camp for high school students, and he serves as an adjunct professor in the criminal justice program at Albertus.