Pell Center announces inaugural class of Nuala Pell Leadership Fellows

In the spirit of a lifetime of service and leadership exemplified by the late Nuala Pell, Salve Regina’s Pell Center has selected 12 students to represent the distinguished inaugural class of fellows of the Nuala Pell Leadership Program in Public Service.

The students, all members of the Class of 2017, were selected from a competitive pool of applicants to receive leadership development training throughout the course of the 2014-2015 academic year at Salve Regina.

The Nuala Pell Leadership Program in Public Service is named for Mrs. Pell, long-time university trustee and honorary degree recipient who was the wife of Sen. Claiborne Pell, longest serving senator in Rhode Island history. Prior to her death earlier in the spring, Mrs. Pell helped design and create the program which now bears her name.

“Anyone who was blessed to know Nuala knows the gentleness of her spirit and the dignity with which she treated everyone she met,” said Salve Regina President Jane Gerety, RSM. “We believe the grace she embodied in her life is essential to effective leaders today and we’re delighted that the Pell Center is home to this initiative.”

Sister Jane praised the selected students for their commitment to leadership and service. “We are called by our mission and our vision for this institution to prepare students for lives of distinction in service to others,” she said. “These young men and women have embraced that call and we are so very proud of them.”

As Nuala Pell Fellows, the students selected from the class of 2017 will participate in 60 hours of seminar instruction on leadership and the complex challenges facing effective leaders today. They will also undertake a community service project and turn their attention to public issues with an understanding about how their voices can change the conversation.

The program will be delivered by the core staff of the Pell Center and members of the university faculty. Seminars will be leavened with outside speakers whose personal experience or story of leadership will educate and inspire.

“The Nuala Pell Leadership Program in Public Service is intended to be a transformative experience for its participants,” said Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes. “This generation of young Americans will have to address a long list of challenges—from a changed climate to demographic and resource shifts that will challenge the familiar and the comfortable. As a nation we will need leaders committed to service to meet these challenges head-on. We’re thrilled that the Pell Center can honor Mrs. Pell while at the same time contributing to the public good for years to come.”

Students making up the inaugural class of fellows in the Nuala Pell Leadership Program in Public Service include: Uma Chapagain (Worcester, Mass.), Lauren Cronshaw (Barrington, N.H.), Caitlin Downing (Dighton, Mass.), Giana Fazzino (East Haven, Conn.), William Humes (East Rockaway, N.Y.), Julia Morisi (Longmeadow, Mass.), Mary Pawlusiak (Mashpee, Mass.), Dan Regan (Westford, Mass.), Garrett Rupe (Peckville, Pa.), Shauna St. Pierre (Barnstable, Mass.), Kyle Wells (Niskayuna, N.Y.) and Dakota Williams (Palmdale, Calif.).

About the Pell Center
The Pell Center is a multi-disciplinary research center—or think-tank—on the campus of Salve Regina University. Named for former-Senator Claiborne Pell, the center promotes and studies good governance, public engagement, and effective leadership at home and abroad.