Stonington, Conn., First Selectman Selected as SVC Distinguished Alumnus

April 7, 2010

Edward Haberek, Jr., the current First Selectman of the Town of Stonington, Conn., has been recognized by Southern Vermont College as the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus. The Distinguished Alumni award is given to an alumna or alumnus of Southern Vermont College or its predecessor, St. Joseph College, in recognition of a combination of career, community service and personal achievements. Haberek will be honored at the College’s Commencement in May. 

“With over 20 years of experience as a corporate, academic, community and government leader, Haberek’s achievements demonstrated remarkable leadership skills, community responsibility and continuing academic achievement and growth,” said SVC Director of Alumni Relations Daryl Kenny. 

Haberek graduated from Southern Vermont College in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a minor in Communications. He received a master’s degree in Marketing from Johnson and Wales University and an Advanced Certificate in Graduate Studies for Business Administration from TUI University. Haberek is currently completing his Ph.D. in Management/Political Economics from the International Academy of Management and Economics in Makati City, Philippines. 

Haberek was elected as First Selectman of Stonington in November 2007 and is currently serving his second term. He has brought a number of achievements to the town such as two long-awaited streetscapes, development on a Senior Center, local park revitalization, innovative economic development, and various village and highway projects. 

Haberek served as Program Director/Assistant Professor of the Marketing Department in the School of Business Administration and Legal Studies Division at Briarwood College in Southington, Conn. He also served as a chair or member for a number of the college’s committees including the Task Force Committee on Academic Advising, the Professional Development Committee, Program Review and NEASC Self Study Committee. 

Haberek was an adjunct business faculty instructor for Eastern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University and Colorado Technical University Online. His business experiences include sales, marketing and management for several Fortune 500 companies including Becton Dickinson and DuPont.  

Haberek will be presented the Distinguished Alumni Award during SVC’s 83rd Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 8. He will join champion figure skater Michelle Kwan, who will be this year’s Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient, and James L. Wainscott, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AK Steel Corporation, who will also receive an honorary degree. 

Haberek will also be attending Alumni Reunion festivities during the weekend of May 7 to 9. To join Haberek and other SVC/SJC graduates during reunion weekend, alumni may register online at www.svc.edu/alumni/reunion_registration.html.