Mount honors Joseph and Susan Maloney with service award, welcomes new students

September 01, 2017

Dr. David A. Kennett, interim president, presents the Mount Saint Mary College Community Service Award to Joseph and Susan Maloney for their many contributions to the college and the community.


Mount Saint Mary College recognized Joseph and Susan Maloney for their contributions to the community and welcomed the college’s newest students at the 58th Annual Academic Convocation on Thursday, August 31.

The college presented the Maloneys with the prestigious Mount Saint Mary College Community Service Award for their decades of local service, their steadfast commitment to education, and their unwavering dedication to the Hudson Valley.

Joseph F. Maloney, III was born in Newburgh, N.Y. and educated by the Dominican Sisters of Hope at St. Thomas of Canterbury Elementary School in Cornwall, N.Y. He attended St. Patrick’s High School on Grand Street in Newburgh and graduated from Fordham University in New York City.

He demonstrated his love of the community by holding leadership positions at Orange County United Way, Orange County Partnership, Newburgh Revitalization Corporation, and Westchester County Association. Joseph also serves as a trustee of Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, which provides 3,000 City of Newburgh School District elementary students with exciting learning experiences each year.

Susan Kwas Maloney began her teaching career on Long Island, educating multiply handicapped children and adults. Later, having been named Director of Special Education for the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, Susan met Joseph when she moved to the area in 1978. In 1984, she joined the Mount family as a supervisor of student teachers and then became the Coordinator of Student Teaching for undergraduates and graduates for the next 21 semesters.

Volunteering has always played an important role in Susan’s life. Locally, she has served on a number of boards, including St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Auxiliary, Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley, and, for more than 20 years, the Amos & Sarah Holden Home Board of Managers and Board of Directors.

The Maloneys have supported Mount Saint Mary College for decades. Susan was a trustee from 2001 to 2009, serving on the Student, Academic, and Faculty Affairs committees. Susan, Joseph, and their friend Richard Mainey were co-chairs for the recent Answering the Call campaign that led to the successful completion of the Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology addition to Aquinas Hall. The Mount is grateful for the couple’s generous time and leadership donation to this project, as well as their dedication to transforming the Dominican Center into the college’s premier living and learning space.

More recently, the Maloneys facilitated the Mount’s collaboration with Newburgh’s Nora Cronin Presentation Academy for girls and San Miguel Academy for boys. This has evolved into a significant scholarship program for students graduating from these schools who elect to attend Mount Saint Mary College. The couple has committed to a financial leadership role in this initiative. In addition, the Maloneys have made a significant bequest to the Mount that includes the funding of scholarships to students in the Division of Education.

The Convocation ceremony also welcomed hundreds of freshmen and transfer students into the Mount’s academic programs and celebrated their first week of study at the college. Dr. David A. Kennett, interim president of the Mount, encouraged students to explore career paths they find the most engaging.

“You have control over your life in ways that are new to you and I would urge you to make the most of that freedom,” he said. “Do not be afraid to explore intellectually things you have not had the opportunity to study before.”

Kennett also urged the new students to get involved with the local community through service.

“I’ve always been impressed with the can-do attitude of Mount students,” said Dr. Kennett, “and their willingness to do community outreach. In this, they reflect that great tradition of our founding Dominican Sisters.”

Student Government Association President Kyle McIntyre of Drexel Hill, Penn., encouraged the new students to focus on academics.

“Your education is only limited by your imagination,” he said. “The opportunities at the Mount…are bountiful. However, you’ve got to reach out and take them.”