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TRCC President Named Citizen of the Year

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut has named Three Rivers Community College President Grace Sawyer Jones its Citizen of the Year. The announcement was made at a February 3 press conference during which Chamber President and CEO Tony Sheridan commended Jones on her hard work, professionalism and contribution to the southeastern Connecticut community. 

“Thank you,” he said, “for agreeing to be part of eastern Connecticut.”

Also in attendance were Sheri Cote, Chamber vice president; Angela Arnold, executive director of development at Diocese of Norwich; William Turner, of AT&T; Jeffrey Godley, Brown Jacobsen P.C.; and Dianne Kent, community relations at People's United Bank. 

President Jones said the award is a great honor and that her first reaction was to tell her family, which she called her “nerve center.” She added, “But my bigger nerve center is the college community. I’ve been here for 11 years, and I love it. I love the sense of community and the people I work with.”

Turner, a former recipient of the award himself, noted that he was proud to pass the award on. Godley echoed his sentiments, telling Jones that she is “joining a distinguished group of leaders.”

Jones was quick to note that many people have supported her during her career. 

“Building this new college is one of my greatest accomplishments,” she said. “But when local businesses and community members saw they would be helping to build the community’s college, they saw the benefit in helping to raise the funds to support it. The state built the college, but [during the college’s major gifts campaign] the college foundation built the infrastructure to support it.”

Jones will be honored officially at a gala banquet on May 4 at MGM Grand at Foxwoods. 

February 2012



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