Recipients of 2009 Alumni Awards recognized for service to others

Recipients of 2009 Alumni Awards recognized for service to others
September 22, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Benedictine University recognized the winners of the 2009 Alumni Awards during Homecoming festivities on September 19. The 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Francis (Frank) Agnoli, M.D., D.Min., in recognition of his outstanding achievement in both career and personal endeavors. Agnoli was a member of the first group of scholars to graduate from Benedictine University in 1985. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and earned Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology degrees from St. John’s University School of Theology and Seminary. Agnoli earned a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in 2009. He now lives in Davenport, Iowa, where he serves as the diocese’s Director of Liturgy and Director of Deacon Formation. An accomplished writer, speaker and organizer, Agnoli feels his talents and skills were honed and acquired during his undergraduate years at Benedictine University. “My time at Benedictine was deeply enriching,” Agnoli said. “From being able to explore my faith in the classroom to being able to explore the wonders of the world, I was blessed with tremendous opportunities to question and to learn. I am humbled that Benedictine would think of me in granting this award.” Agnoli and his wife, Marianne, have two children, Francis M. and Mary. Given to an alumnus who serves and has served the university with their time and talent, the 2009 Alumni Service Award was awarded to William (Bill) Carroll. Carroll has exemplified the Benedictine value of service from the moment he graduated in 1973 when he was presented the Procopian of the Year Service Award. Carroll joined the Alumni Association Board in 1988 and was an active member until 2008, serving as president from 1991-1993. He has supported the University’s fundraising efforts through athletic initiatives, various capital campaigns and building programs. Carroll is the owner of Blue Island Travel and C & H Development Company. “I am most grateful to the Benedictine University community for the nomination and selection to receive this award,” Carroll said. “In many ways I need to thank the Benedictine community for fostering this sense of hospitality and service to others.” Carroll and his wife, Ann Norton Carroll, live in Orland Park. They have two children, John and Caitlin. The Benedictine Spirit Award is given to an alumnus who exemplifies the Benedictine values of service, hospitality and dedication in their personal and professional life. The 2009 award was presented to Mary Jo Hazard. Hazard, founder of Carpe Diem Coaching, is also a member of the International Coach Federation, the Chicago Coach Federation and the Organization Development Network of Chicago. Hazard and her husband, Steve, are founding members of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Naperville where they facilitate workshops for marriage enrichment and have participated in international service project trips to Bolivia and Haiti. “My degree at Benedictine opened doors to me that I never anticipated,” Hazard said. “Accenture hired me to be an internal executive coach which then led to my founding my own business in 2000. The coaching work that I do now with leaders in organizations is much richer due to the coursework at Benedictine, which I still find myself quoting many years later.” Hazard supports the University’s Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior (M.S.M.O.B.) program with her time, talent and treasure, and has offered her professional services to support Career Development and Alumni Relations initiatives. She has also encouraged several of her coaching clients to earn M.S.M.O.B. or Ph.D. in Organization Development degrees at Benedictine. Hazard and her husband live in Naperville. They have two children, Jean (husband Pete) and Katie, and three grandchildren.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.