Fairfield County's Community Foundation President To Be Awarded Housatonic Community College Honorary Degree

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation President To Be Awarded Housatonic Community College Honorary Degree


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Bridgeport, Conn. (May 22, 2018) –Juanita T. James, President and CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, will be honored with an associate degree in humane letters honors causa from Housatonic Community College President, Paul Broadie II at the college’s 2018 Commencement Ceremony.

“Juanita James embodies the mission and values of Housatonic Community College,” said President Broadie. “I can’t imagine a more appropriate and deserving candidate for this honor. She is a champion for our students and an advocate for their success. It is a privilege to confer on her the honorary degree.”

Juanita T. James is President & CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. Formerly, she was Pitney Bowes’ Chief Marketing & Communications Officer and enjoyed a 20-year career with Time Warner and Bertelsmann. She is a Director for Asbury Automotive Group; First County Bank; Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, CFLEADS (Community Foundations Leading Change) and Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and a former Director of the Rouse Company. In 2015, she was named a Savoy Magazine “Power 300 - Most Influential Black Corporate Directors”. Presently, she is Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees at Lesley University, a Trustee Emerita of Princeton University and is formerly a Trustee of UCONN. Some of the honors bestowed upon her include: American Cancer Society “Women Leading the Way to Wellness”; Girl Scouts of CT “Woman of Merit”; Moffly Media “Light a Fire”; NAACP “100 Most Influential Blacks in CT” and “Stamford Citizen of the Year”. Ms. James received Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Mitchell College and Fairfield University; a master’s degree in Business Policy from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.

“I am humbled to be the first recipient of this honorary degree from Housatonic Community College I have had the utmost respect for this remarkable educational institution for many years and the bold, innovative role it plays in helping to create opportunity for its students, our future leaders” stated Ms. James. “Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. Together, we thrive!”

Ms. James will receive her degree during the Housatonic Community College Commencement Ceremony which takes place at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 24 at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.

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