St. Albert the Great honors St. Joe’s University president

Mark C. Reed received the first Distinguished Alumni Award from St. Albert the Great Elementary School.

Quite an honor: St. Joseph’s University president Mark C. Reed recently received the first Distinguished Alumni Award from St. Albert the Great Elementary School.

Mark C. Reed, the first lay president in the 167-year history of St. Joseph’s University, recently received the first Distinguished Alumni Award from St. Albert the Great Elementary School.

Reed was recognized following a morning Mass on a recent Sunday.

Four eighth-grade students took Reed and his two young daughters on a tour of the school before the Mass.

Cynthia Koons, the president of St. Albert the Great School, recounted Reed’s accomplishments, including the Principal’s Behavior and Effort Awards at his eighth-grade graduation in 1988.

Reed spoke about the importance of a good elementary school education and said that St. Albert the Great provided him with an excellent foundation for St. Joseph’s Prep, where he attended high school with a scholarship and graduated in 1992.

A reception followed in the dining hall, where Monsignor Paul F. Curran, the former pastor at St. Albert, joined Reed’s acquaintances and peers in congratulating him. ••