The Award for Service to Princeton was presented to four Princetonians during the annual meeting of the Alumni Council that was held on campus on Friday, May 20. Marc Brahaney ’77 *86 P19, chair of the Committee on Awards for Service to Princeton, presented the prizes to Itohowo E. Ekpoudom ’03, Richard A. Just ’01 S*04, Colleen P. Kelly ’77 S77 P10 P14 and Robert B. Loveman ’69.
The award, which dates back to 1972, was established to recognize outstanding service contributions to Princeton by any member of the Princeton family, with special emphasis on those who serve significantly, but inconspicuously.
ltohowo E. Ekpoudom ’03
Ita is an innovator at heart and in practice; in both her work and in volunteering for Princeton she engages, educates and elevates the lives of the next generation of women and underrepresented business leaders and founders. On campus, online and wherever entrepreneurial Princetonians gather, she brings her expertise and enthusiasm generously to the table. From mentoring student entrepreneurs, to serving in class leadership and Alumni Council roles, and helping organize alumni conferences, she is truly a Tiger venturing forward on behalf of Princeton and her fellow alumni.
Richard A. Just ’01 S*04
With tireless dedication to journalism, access and opportunity, Richard is co-founder and the beating heart of the Princeton Summer Journalism Program, which has given hundreds of underrepresented and first-generation, low-income students the life-changing opportunity to explore careers in journalism. From his senior year as editor-in-chief of the Daily Princetonian, when the idea for the program was born, throughout a distinguished journalism career, his leadership is deeply inspiring and has made Princeton better, one student at a time.
Colleen P. Kelly ’77 S77 P10 P14
Colleen’s leadership and her deep connection to Princeton, and the network of lives she has touched through her service, crosses class years, geographies and interests. Through her many roles — among them leadership of her class, volunteering for Annual Giving, serving on the regional and national committees for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, and support of the Princeton Women's Network — she has advanced inclusivity and lifelong support of Princeton and her fellow alumni.
Robert B. Loveman ’69
From the Second City to the world, from the Loop to Nassau Hall, Bob’s dedication to community service and devotion to Princeton in Chicago and beyond has advanced the lives and careers of countless students and young alumni and has shaped the Princeton Club of Chicago and Princeton Internships in Civic Service into powerful engines of change. For over half a century, he has volunteered, networked, fundraised, mentored and innovated in the service of Princeton and of humanity. These are excerpts from the full citations.
Read the honorees’ complete biographies on the Awards webpage.