Dr. Steven Caponegro Receives the 2011 Outstanding Young Alumni Award

MADISON, N.J. (October 11, 2011) The 2011 Fairleigh Dickinson University Outstanding Young Alumni Award was presented to Dr. Steven Caponegro, a resident of East Hanover, N.J., at the University’s Annual Alumni Awards/Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 1. 

This award is given to an alumnus who has graduated in the past 15 years and has achieved exceptional success in his or her profession. Recipients are recognized as emerging leaders in their fields or for services to the university and/or the Alumni Association.

Caponegro’s hard work and determination to his students and organizations has made him an outstanding citizen and recipient for this award. Caponegro graduated from FDU in 2002 with a Master of Arts in Teaching and started his career in education in the Florham Park school system at the age of 22. After earning a doctorate in literature and teaching for three years, Caponegro was promoted to supervisor of special services, making him one of the youngest public school administrators in the State of New Jersey at the time.

The New Jersey School Boards Association has recognized Caponegro seven times with various awards. Most recently, he was nominated and awarded membership to the New Jersey Council for Education in the fall of 2010.

After excelling as supervisor, Caponegro was promoted to director of special services in 2006. Shortly after, at the age of 29, Caponegro began instructing at the university level when he started teaching graduate level education courses at FDU’s College at Florham. 

Caponegro continues to work closely with FDU, by helping to place FDU Master of Arts in Teaching students in student teaching positions in the Florham Park School District.

Caponegro’s spare time is dedicated to volunteering in his community. He serves on the advisory board for “The Uncommon Thread,” an organization that helps provide intervention, advice, programs, and resources to special needs children and their parents. He also volunteers with “CancerCare,” a non-profit organization that provides free support services to anyone affected by cancer. In addition, Caponegro serves as a school district liaison and volunteer for “Project Community Provide,” which is a community based non-profit agency that serves families of Madison, Florham Park and Chatham Borough and offers local families clinical mental health services including individual and group therapy. 

For more information, please contact Okang McBride, director of alumni relations at 201-692-7013. 

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