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Curtin '75 Of Saratoga Springs Receives Clarkson University's Highest Alumni Honor

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POTSDAM, N.Y. – Maureen A. Curtin of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., vice president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, has received the Golden Knight Award from her alma mater, Clarkson University.  Presented each year during Reunion Weekend, Clarkson's most prestigious alumni award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves either by service to Clarkson through Alumni Association activities or have demonstrated outstanding career achievement, bringing distinction to themselves and to Clarkson.curtin

Curtin graduated from Clarkson in 1975, receiving her bachelor of science degree in psychology with great distinction.  She was the first woman to receive the Lavinia Clarkson Award as the graduate showing the best combination of scholarship, and promise for outstanding professional achievement. 

Curtin began her career in independent higher education by serving in a number of positions in financial aid administration at the State University of New York at Albany, Russell Sage College, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, before being named Director of Financial Aid of Sienna College in 1981.  In 1982, she joined the staff of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, an association providing statewide advocacy for the 108 independent colleges and universities in New York.  She served in a number of increasingly responsible positions, including financial aid policy analyst; director of higher education financing; and director of research, finance, and administration. As the chief of staff for the commission, she has published numerous reports and publications on behalf of New York’s independent college sector.

Curtin completed requirements for the master of science degree in communications from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1987.  Her professional and community affiliations have included membership in the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the New York State Business Council, and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.  She has been a guest lecturer at the New York University Graduate School, and has done many television and radio guest appearances discussing higher education financing programs.

Despite the hectic pace as a professional lobbyist, Curtin has found time to serve as an Assistant Coach for the mite and squirt youth hockey teams in Saratoga Springs and has devoted much time and energy to her alma mater.  A member of the Clarkson Roundtable, Curtin has served on the Alumni Association Board of Governors, and has been active with various Alumni Association activities.  Maureen is currently serving as a Class Partner for the Campaign for Clarkson and is a member of the Clarkson University Board of Trustees.  Her advice and counsel has been instrumental in developing enrollment strategies and financial aid policies for Clarkson.  Curtin also serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee and is a member of the Campus Life/Student Affairs Committee. 

Clarkson University is an independent institution located in northern New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.  The University has 2,902 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in programs in its schools of Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Science, and its Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management program.

PHOTO CAPTION: Maureen Curtin (center) is presented with the Golden Knight Award by Clarkson University President Denny Brown (right) and Alumni Association President C. Michael Elliott.

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