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Vincentian Academy President Honored for Leadership in Ethics

Dr. Mary Frances Grasinger, C.S.J., president of Vincentian Academy-Duquesne University (VADU), has received the 2008 Eugene P. Beard Award for Leadership in Ethics at Duquesne University.

“It would take extraordinary effort to achieve all that a person aspires to be without the support of those who believe in and encourage the person,” Grasinger said. “I have had challenging opportunities and outstanding support from University colleagues, my Sisters of St. Joseph, family and friends and countless students. With gratitude, I recognize them as instruments of God’s grace in my life.”

Presented annually to a Duquesne faculty member, the Beard Award honors those who best exemplify the University’s commitment to moral and spiritual values through outstanding leadership in ethics in family life or in University or community service. Committee members base their selection on recommendations from a host of individuals, including peers and deans.

“Dr. Grasinger has touched the lives of so many different people during her life-time service to Duquesne,” said Dr. Jim Weber, chair of the 2008 selection committee. “She embodies exemplary ethical leadership in her actions and commitment to the University’s mission of serving God by serving others.”

In addition to her post as president of VADU, Grasinger is a professor of educational administration in Duquesne University’s School of Education, where her teaching and research focus on preparation of school administrators, curriculum and instruction. She joined the School of Education in 1978 as an assistant professor and director of the graduate office of education. Her other roles at Duquesne have included serving as associate dean for graduate education, program director of secondary education and interim dean of the School of Education.

A resident of Monroeville, Grasinger also taught for 19 years in elementary and secondary schools for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, including four years as vice principal at Fontbonne Academy.

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