Post University will induct its inaugural class of recipients into the University’s new Hall of Fame this week. The twelve inductees include Post alumni, faculty and staff, and also supporters who have helped move the organization forward throughout its 125 years in existence.
Raised in Waterbury, Jay Alix received his Associate of Business degree at Post in 1975, and continued on life’s path as a lifetime learner. He earned his bachelor’s degree at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and Master of Business Administration at Rutgers University before founding AlixPartners, an internationally recognized firm of corporate turnaround and restructuring professionals, with over 1,500 people across 25 offices globally. Post awarded Alix an Honorary Doctorate in 1995 as well as its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1989.
Daniel J. Kusaila
Daniel J. Kusaila, a Watertown native received his Bachelor of Science from Post University in 1999 and began a successful career in the field of accounting. Now a partner with the firm of Saslow, Lufkin & Buggy, LLP, Kusaila sits on Post’s Accounting Advisory Board and has continually worked to provide employment opportunities and scholarship dollars to Post students. Kusaila was active in Post’s recent NEASC re-accreditation process and worked with the Department of Higher Education during the approval process for the University’s new Master of Science in Accounting degree program.
Representative Selim Noujaim came to Post University as an emigrant from Lebanon, speaking English as his second language, to pursue an undergraduate degree. At Post, Noujaim found friends, support, and the skills he needed to take him to Hartford and the Connecticut State Assembly as an advocate for the people of the Greater Waterbury area. He is a current Board of Trustee member, Advisory Board member, and the recipient of a Post University Distinguished Alumni Award.
Malcolm “Mac” Baldrige was a soldier, a businessman, a politician and a cowboy. The Nebraska native and Yale graduate served in combat in the Pacific as a captain in World War II, then capped off a successful career in manufacturing as Chief Executive Officer of Scovill, Inc. Baldrige transformed the Waterbury-based brass mill into a highly diversified manufacturer of consumer, housing, and industrial goods. From 1966 – 1970, Baldrige served as a Trustee of Post College. In 1981, Baldrige was confirmed as Secretary of Commerce by President Ronald Reagan. During his tenure, his name became synonymous with “quality,” as his career-long leadership and commitment to managerial and business excellence led to the creation of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Improvement Act of 1987. Today, Post University’s School of Business proudly bears his name.
John P. Burke
Following a successful banking career in Connecticut as President of Centerbank, Security Savings and Loan Association, and Bristol Savings Bank, John P. Burke was appointed Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Banking in 1994. He was reappointed to the position in 1999, and then reappointed to a third term as Commissioner in 2003. Long active in professional and civic affairs, Burke served on the Board of the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, Teikyo Post College Foundation, and the Board of Teikyo Post University. Post University’s School of Public Service was named in his honor in 2011.
Timothy C. Moynahan
Attorney Timothy C. Moynahan, a resident of Waterbury, has been recognized repeatedly by his peers as a “Super Lawyer of New England and Connecticut” for his achievements as a litigation attorney at the firm which bears his name. His avid support of Post University as an active participant on our MBA Advisory Board makes him a friend of not only the Malcolm Baldrige School of Business, but Post University in general. In 2009, Moynahan donated his law library to the University, doubling its size, and Post was proud to name the law library in his honor. Moynahan received an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from Post in 2014.
Waterbury native Harold Webster Smith launched a bank in the depths of the Great Depression at the age of 24, borrowing $25,000 from his family and friends to open First Federal Savings of Waterbury in 1935. When he died 62 years later, his bank, renamed Webster Bank in his honor, had 83 banking centers and $7 billion in assets. He held many community leadership roles, including that of a trustee at Post University from its founding in 1967 as Post Junior College to becoming a trustee emeritus in 1990. He helped to settle the University into its new home on Country Club Road and saw it through more than two decades of growth and transformation.
In an interview with Brown College in 1986, Rose Traurig said her parents believed “education was the most wonderful thing in the world.” Traurig served on the boards of many philanthropic organizations and was a longtime trustee at Teikyo Post College, receiving an honorary degree in 1989. Scholarships given in the Traurig name to this day include The Edward/Rose Traurig Scholarship, The Louis D. Traurig Scholarship, The Max Traurig Scholarship, The Rose Traurig Endowment Scholarship, and The Rose Traurig Female Athlete Scholarship.
A native of Waterbury, Dr. Phyllis C. DeLeo graduated summa cum laude from Southern Connecticut University and subsequently earned her Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. She began a teaching career at Post Junior College, and then became Professor of English and Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Post College. As the school transitioned to become Teikyo Post University, Dr. DeLeo transitioned into the role of Vice President of Academic Affairs, and finally, President of the school. During her tenure, she instituted five new degree programs as well as study abroad, Weekend College, and Cooperative Education programs, and spearheaded initiatives to introduce technological enhancements, athletic program expansion, and library automation.
Harold Harlow was born in Thomaston, Connecticut, and enjoyed success as an All-State basketball player before being accepted at Yale University. Harlow settled in Litchfield and was employed as a Trust Officer for a Waterbury bank the same year he ran successfully for the State Legislature, a position to which he was re-elected to for three consecutive terms. In 1975, Harlow was appointed Acting President of Post College, charged with overseeing the re-organization of the college’s future. A successful capital campaign was initiated, which put Post on a positive financial footing. During Harlow’s tenure as President, he also worked to establish satellite campuses that helped increase student enrollment and brand recognition throughout the state. Harlow left Post College in 1980 to start his own private investment firm where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer until his death in 2009.
The Post Family has made a unique contribution to the Greater Waterbury area, dedicating their lives to preparing young men and women to enter the world of work equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed. Harry C. Post served as the head of Post for 56 years, and his twin sons continued in the family tradition. Dr. Harold B. Post served as Director of Admissions, Vice President and then President of Post from 1959 – 1970. Donald J. Post, Sr. served the college for more than 37 years, including six months as President, remaining on the Board until his death in 1982. His son, Donald J. Post, Jr., held numerous faculty and administrative positions for over 25 years.
Dr. Tom Samph earned his doctorate degree from the University of Michigan in 1967 and went on to teach measurement and statistics in the graduate school of Syracuse University. Following a desire to apply his measurement and technology skills, Samph first became the Associate Director of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and then took a leadership role in occupational testing at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. Samph’s entrepreneurial drive led him to found a company to provide testing and licensure processing services to state regulatory agencies, and to then transform a training company into a learning software company. In 2001, he was invited to design and build an e-learning business for Drexel University, which sparked the idea of integrating online learning into a traditional university environment. Joining forces with Generation Partners and Palm Ventures, Samph and his team have brought about dramatic changes to Post University. Post has grown from $13 million in revenue and six enrollment reps and 800 students to over $90 million in revenue with more than 200 reps and 14,000 students today.