The Chaminade High School Distinguished Alumnus Award is among the highest honors for graduates of our school. Its purpose is to celebrate the accomplishments of their lives and encourage the pursuit of excellence for all our alumni. The men awarded demonstrate exemplary leadership in business, community, and Christian commitment. In essence, distinguished alumni reflect who the Chaminade Man aims to become – a man who does the right thing at the right time because it is the right thing to do, regardless of who is watching.
This year, the Distinguished Alumnus Selection Committee has chosen Deacon Frank Kurre '81 and U.S. Circuit Court Judge Richard Sullivan '82 as the 2019 awardees. They will be honored at an event Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Chaminade's Activity-Athletic Center.
DEACON FRANK KURRE '81
Frank Kurre is the managing director and global account management leader with Protiviti Inc. Based in New York, Frank works with the firm's clients and account teams in leading Protiviti's account management program and helping drive business development in the firm's accounts. Frank's focus includes expanding the firm's deep relationships globally and working with Protiviti's CEO on projects of strategic importance to the firm.
Frank brings to Protiviti 35 years of experience in providing consulting solutions in technology, business processes, controls, analytics, risk, compliance, and internal audit. Most recently, Frank served as Grant Thornton LLP's managing partner of its U.S. Northeast region, the largest market territory for the firm, and as managing partner of Metro New York. Frank also served on the Grant Thornton Partnership Board. He was a world-wide partner of Arthur Andersen LLP before joining Grant Thornton.
Frank is very much involved in the life of the Catholic Church and has been since his time as a Chaminade student. After graduating in 1981, Frank earned a bachelor's degree from St. John's University, where he currently serves on the Board of Governors and, with his wife Francesca, was honored with a Spirit of Service Award in 2017. The couple received the 2012 Model of Faith Award from the LIU Post Catholic Campus Parish. Frank was also honored with a Star Award by the Tomorrow's Hope Foundation in 2018. Frank's community involvement also extends to Catholic Health Services of Long Island as a member of its board of directors.
After earning a master's degree in pastoral studies from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Frank was ordained to the diaconate of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He ministers to parishioners at Notre Dame Church in New Hyde Park – the parish in which he attended grammar school.
A familiar face at many Chaminade events, Frank is a regular at the annual Golf and Tennis Open and Wall Street Association meetings. Frank also served on the committee for his 25th class reunion. Michael, Frank's son, graduated from Chaminade in 2018 and is currently studying at Marist College. He has three other children – Kristen, Frank and Lauren and a soon to be son-in-law Nick.
U.S. CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE RICHARD SULLIVAN '82
He competed on the Speech and Debate team while at Chaminade – perhaps Richard Sullivan's first experience arguing the pros and cons of a case. In October 2018, Rich was nominated by President Trump and confirmed by a vote of the U.S. Senate as a judge of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Thirteen appellate courts sit below the U.S. Supreme Court and are organized into 12 regional circuits. The 2nd circuit hears cases from Connecticut, New York, and Vermont. Cases are brought to the appellate court to determine whether or not the law was applied correctly in trial court. In addition, the court heard challenges to district court decisions and appeals from decisions of federal administrative agencies.
Judge Sullivan comes to the 2nd Circuit from the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York, a judgeship to which Rich was appointed by President Bush. Prior to becoming a judge, Rich was general counsel and managing director of Marsh Inc., the world's leading risk management and insurance brokerage firm. He became an assistant United States attorney in 1994 and served as chief of the International Narcotics Trafficking Unit and director of the New York/New Jersey Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Rich was a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York, and a law clerk to the Honorable David M. Ebel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
Rich shares his experience in the courtroom with young people pursuing an education in law. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, teaching courses on sentencing and jurisprudence, and had previously served at Fordham Law School teaching courses on white-collar crime and trial advocacy. He was named Adjunct Professor of the Year at Fordham. The Federal Law Enforcement Association named Rich Prosecutor of the Year in 1998. The New York City Bar Association awarded him the Henry L. Stimson Medal in 2003. He is a graduate of Yale Law School, the College of William & Mary, and lives in New York City with his wife, Anne Navarro.