September 22, 2011
Peter M. Olympia, Jr. (center), recipient of an inaugural
Community Service Award from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh,
NY, is joined by Fr. Kevin Mackin OFM, president, and Sr. Ann
Sakac, former Mount president.
At its 52nd annual academic convocation, Mount Saint Mary
College presented an inaugural Community Service Award to Peter M.
Olympia, Jr., founder and managing partner of Strategic Alliance,
LLC, a consulting firm providing services to the banking
Olympia was also invited to present the convocation address to
hundreds of student honorees and their families at the ceremony on
Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, president of Mount Saint Mary College,
praised Olympia’s accomplishments, service and generosity.
“The Mount Saint Mary College Community Service Award has been
created by the college to acknowledge individuals who have shown
dedication and provided outstanding service to the Mount and the
Hudson Valley community,” said Fr. Mackin. “I am honored to present
this year’s inaugural award to Peter Olympia.”
Peter M. Olympia, Jr. is a native of Newburgh, N.Y., and
currently resides in Dutchess County. He is a graduate of Fordham
University and the former St. Patrick’s High School in
Olympia spent most of his professional career as a senior
banking executive and currently serves as founder and managing
partner of Strategic Alliance, LLC.
He has served on the board of trustees of Mount Saint Mary
College in Newburgh since 2002. He chaired its recent development
program, and has been a mainstay on the board’s finance committee,
an ad-hoc member of advancement, and on the investment
sub-committee, said Mackin.
Olympia’s record of service is extensive.
He is a director and treasurer for the Anderson Center for
Autism, a residential school providing services to children and
young adults on the autism spectrum. He is also a board member of
Cub’s Place, an organization providing services to young children
He served two tours of duty off the coast of Vietnam as a
surface warfare officer, and was honorably discharged from the
United States Navy as a lieutenant. He currently serves on the
board of trustees of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.
In addition, he is trustee and administrator of the Peter M.
& Edith P. Olympia Charitable Trust, established by his parents
to support local educational, health and religious
Previously, he served on the boards of the former Eastern Orange
County Chamber of Commerce, the Museum of the Hudson Highlands, the
former Poughkeepsie YMCA, and the City of Newburgh Lions Club.
In his address to Mount Saint Mary College students on September
8, Olympia emphasized that students should look into their own
hearts to clarify their vision.
“I remind you all it is up to you to choose,” he said. “Be awake
before you agree to a dream that is not your own. Make a choice
when you are fully awake: a choice that is informed by your heart,
and not only by what others say or think or believe.”
He also encouraged the Mount students to keep their optimism.
“Many will tell you that opportunities are limited, and the world
is a changing place. Yes, there will be change -- just as there
always has been – but as I look out at this sea of fresh faces, I
see those who will have the opportunity to participate in a cure
for cancer, participate in space travel, work on a sequel to the
Internet, and most importantly, those who will teach our youth,”
Mount Saint Mary College, ranked a Top-Tier Regional University
(North) by U.S. News & World Report, offers strong career
preparation for health professions, education, business,
psychology, communication/media production and more.
An Open House for next year’s prospective freshmen and their
families will be held October 23. For more information or to
register for events, see www.msmc.edu