Captain Kathleen Donahue Bruyere ’66 Champion for Change Award
Fearless, outgoing, committed. These are just some of the qualities that Captain Kathleen Donahue Bruyere ’66 exemplified throughout her time at Chestnut Hill College. After graduation, Kathy went on to join the Navy, and, working her way up to Captain, was named the first-ever female flag secretary, a position that allowed her to manage staff for an Admiral in charge of nine Pacific training commands. In 1977, she continued to shatter glass ceilings as she and five fellow sailors sued the U.S. Government to overturn the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act of 1948, an act which restricted women from commanding ships at sea and, ultimately, from receiving the promotions they deserved. A true champion for change, Captain Kathleen Donahue Bruyere ’66 was a trailblazer and a lifelong leader for gender equality and women’s rights.
The Captain Kathleen Donahue Bruyere ’66 Champion for Change Award is awarded annually to a member of the Chestnut Hill College community who is a catalyst for positive change in society. Embodied in the spirit of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, we are looking to recognize those who are addressing the needs of the time. Candidates include alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends of the College. We are thrilled to honor Captain Bruyere’s groundbreaking legacy through this award.
To nominate a deserving Griffin, please click here.
- The awardee demonstrates exceptional service and leadership that results in positive societal change either through collegiate, professional, or personal endeavors.
- Has a reputation as a trailblazer and a demonstrated record of standing up for what is right.
- Exemplifies the core values of Chestnut Hill College.
- A call for nominations will be sent to the College community by the Director of Alumni Relations.
- Nominations will be submitted to the Alumni Relations Office and reviewed by the Alumni Board, who will make two to three recommendations for consideration by the President of the College and Vice President of Institutional Advancement.
This is a merit-based award rooted in the values exemplified by Captain Bruyere and does not have to be given on an annual basis.