The Morris County Chamber of Commerce honored College of Saint Elizabeth President Sister Francis Raftery with its prestigious William P. Huber Award for Outstanding Community Leadership at its Chamber’s 92nd Annual Meeting Luncheon. Approximately 500 attended the presentation, which took place January 18, 2013, at the Parsippany Hilton.
Sister Francis was recognized for the special ways that she has built and sustained important relationships with the communities served by St. Claire’s and the College of Saint. Elizabeth. When addressing the audience, Sister Francis said, “I am humbled to receive this award since all of us in this room work together to improve the quality of life in our community and in our businesses. No one does it alone. Everyone forms a mosaic at the table. It is a privilege to be a part of our business community and to walk the CSE campus every day -- in each instance walking with people who will make a difference in the world.”
This award was inspired by the late William P. Huber, formerly president of St. Clare’s Health System, Riverside Foundation, who served as chair of the Chamber’s board and helped to establish Morris Tomorrow. He set the standard for community leadership. The award salutes a member of the community who displayed outstanding leadership to benefit the community. Nominations are judged on the basis of exceptional leadership, use of resources, personal sacrifice, and magnitude of obstacles encountered and overcome, importance of the project to the area and the motivation of others.
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