February 8, 2007
Associates of the Year named
DANVILLE, KY—Anita Britton '76 was named
Associate of the Year and Leonard "Nappi" Napolitano '97 was
named the first-ever Young Associate of the Year at Centre College's
winter Board of Trustees meeting held in January in Louisville.
Britton, after flourishing at Centre as a psychology major, co-editor
of the student newspaper, cheerleader and a sweetheart of Sigma Chi
Fraternity, graduated in 1982 from the University of Kentucky College
of Law. Currently a partner in the firm Stoll Keenon Ogden and an
expert in family law, Britton is one of Kentucky's most accomplished
and respected attorneys. She has chaired the family law practice
section of the Kentucky Bar Association and has served as chair of the
Kentucky Bar Convention.
Beyond her practice and professional activities, Britton has a passion
for civic and charitable affiliations. She has been a board member and
president of the Humane Society, president of the Kiwanis Club,
inaugural chair of the Bluegrass Women United, and president of the
Lexington affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research
Foundation. She also has served as president of the National
Association of Women Business Owners, whose Winners Circle Award she
received in 2005.
Britton has been an exceptional volunteer at Centre, serving several
terms on the National Alumni Association Board of Directors and, most
recently, as the Association's president. Britton also has endowed a
scholarship at Centre in memory of her parents, The Doc and Juanita
Napolitano, who was chosen as the
inaugural recipient of the Young Associate of the Year award, is a
native New Yorker who came to Centre after serving in the U.S. Army.
At Centre, he excelled as a history major, football player, a member
of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and the Army's Reserve Office
After graduation, Napolitano joined Blackboard, Inc., as a regional
sales manager as it was starting up in 1997. He helped to build the
company into one of the world's leading software providers to higher
education. He recently joined another education software provider,
Regent Education, as vice president of sales.
Still a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, Napolitano has been called to
active duty in connection with the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan,
in addition to being a Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteer. He
spent several months on the Gulf Coast assisting with the Red Cross'
response to Hurricane Katrina.
Established in 1990, Centre Associates is a gift recognition society
honoring the individuals, foundations and corporations that have
demonstrated a commitment to Centre's mission of offering superior
liberal arts education.
Founded in 1819, Centre College is ranked among
the U.S. News top 50 national liberal arts colleges. Centre
alumni, known for their nation-leading loyalty in annual financial
support, include two U.S. vice presidents and two Supreme Court
justices. For more, visit http://www.centre.edu/web/elevatorspeech/