PHILADELPHIA—Florida Institute of Technology President Anthony Catanese was recently awarded the President’s Award by Jim Hanna, President of the Dad Vail Regatta. The award was presented to Catanese on the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park.
The plaque, which features a medal and two oars, reads, “In recognition of your steadfast support of rowing and strong commitment to the principles of the Dad Vail Regatta. Thank you for making the Dad Vail Regatta an important annual event for the Florida Tech family.”
“Dr. Catanese recognizes the importance and impact that competitive intercollegiate opportunities have on the lives of student-athletes,” Florida Tech athletic director Bill Jurgens said. “Dr. Catanese has encouraged alumni and parents of rowers to attend the Dad Vail Regatta and support crew. He appreciates the successful history of the rowing program and its rich traditions.”
Since his arrival as President in 2002, Catanese has added six new sports, while improving the support level in all of the University’s 15 existing sports. He has placed a high priority on enhancements designed to maintain the quality of the programs, including improved scholarship opportunities and operating funds.
Most recently, Catanese announced the launch of a $5 million dollar fundraising campaign to re-develop the Anchorage property at the mouth of Crane Creek on Melbourne Harbor. The plan would assist with Florida Tech’s marine/ocean research, educational, recreational and athletic needs.
“Dr. Catanese’s commitment to re-develop the University’s Anchorage property is indicative of his support for rowing, and his willingness to do all he can to help our traditions and the program grow to even greater heights,” Jurgens added.