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Distinguished Citizens Award Honorees Announced

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 14, 2013

Event Recognizes Outstanding Citizens
Keith Dawkins, ’94, Bill Duffy, Roy and Eileen Putrino
and Ludwig Willisch Are Honorees


(MAHWAH, NJ) – The Ramapo College Foundation has announced the recipients of its 31st Annual Distinguished Citizens Award.  The honorees, chosen for their commitment to their community, will be recognized at a gala dinner March 9 at the Rockleigh Country Club.

The honorees are Keith Dawkins, of Ridgewood, NJ, a 1994 graduate of Ramapo College who is a senior vice president and general manager, Nicktoons, TeenNick and Nick Jr. and serves on the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors; Bill Duffy of Mahwah, NJ, president North America and global director of operations, Net-A-Porter Group.; Board of Governors member Roy and Eileen Putrino of Wyckoff, NJ, president, CEO and CFO of Basic Home Infusion Inc.; and Ludwig Willisch of Woodcliff Lake, NJ, president and CEO of BMW of North America, LLC.

The annual benefit dinner raises funds for student scholarships, faculty and student research opportunities and campus capital projects. The dinner will be held Saturday, March 9 at the elegant Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh.  A cocktail reception and silent auction begins at 6 p.m. The dinner program honoring the Distinguished Citizens begins at 8 p.m.  Dinner and dancing will follow.

Dinner sponsorship levels are available.  The cost for an individual ticket is $400.  For more information or to order tickets, please contact the Foundation office at 201.684.6834 or e-mail


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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