August 11, 2021 BK LI

BROOKLYN and PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – August 11, 2021 – St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to welcome Judith Stearns ’67 to its Board of Trustees. Stearns is president of Refine It, Today Decorating in Arlington, Virginia, where she serves as an interior design and building contractor designing living environments and overseeing high-end projects. She also serves as a fundraising and events consultant for various Silicon Valley growth firms and non-profit organizations.

“We are pleased to have Judith Stearns as our most recent addition to the SJC Board of Trustees,” said Rory Shaffer-Walsh, SJC’s vice president for institutional advancement. “Ms. Stearns brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our board and will certainly be an asset to us. As an SJC alumna, I welcome Ms. Stearns back to her alma mater and look forward to working with her for many years to come.”

After graduating from SJC with a B.A. in History and Sociology, Stearns attended the Management Development Program at Stanford University where she served as an Associate Director of Development. In that capacity, she was involved in the orchestration and launch of the 1987 Centennial Capital Campaign,  the first billion-dollar campaign of any university.

She has served as a guest lecturer at Santa Clara University’s Graduate School of Business in Santa Clara, California, and has held numerous board positions for organizations such as the American Air Museum in Britain, the UN 50th Anniversary Celebrations Committee, the California Professional Engineers Educational Foundation, Doorways for Women and Family, Children’s Health Council, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Walter Reed National Military Center’s Design and Clinical Committees, National Military Family Association, Pathways to Peace and YMCA of Silicon Valley.

Stearns has received numerous awards, including the National Society of Engineers and CPEEF Award, the 2009 Washington Post Award for Metro D.C. Non-profit Development, the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award and the YMCA National Annual Award for Best Campaign Promotional Messaging.

Stearns resides in Arlington, Virginia.

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St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers degrees in 50 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.