9th Annual Class of Distinguished Alumni & Friends Awards

The 9th Class of Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the Worcester Public Schools Banquet and Awards program will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at the Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.

These awards honor and recognize WPS alumni who have distinguished themselves by achieving outstanding success in academics, the arts, business, community service, humanitarian efforts, research, and other fields. Award recipients have made exemplary contributions to their professional fields, and serve as distinguished role models for Worcester Public Schools students.

2019 Award Recipients

Matthew Aselton – Entertainment Director
Penelope Bitzas – Performing Artist/Educator
Megan Condron Smith – Investment Professional
Diane Benson Davis – Conservationist
David Greene – Educational Leader
Matt Mattus – Horticulturalist/Author
Lester McCorn – Educational and Spiritual Leader
John Morello (Posthumous) – Decorated War Hero
Donna Olsen Red Wing (Posthumous) – Social Pioneer
Jonathan Starr – Investment Professional/Philanthropist

Friends of the Worcester Public Schools

Fallon Health

Stephen Mills Named Interim President

Dr. Stephen Mills, founder of the Worcester Educational Development Foundation, has been named interim president of the organization. 

Mills retired as Superintendent of the Acton-Boxboro Public Schools, was Deputy Superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools, and served on the Worcester School Committee. He is currently the director of the Center for Effective Instruction at Worcester State University.

Mills is a graduate of Burncoat High School, and his three adult children are Doherty alumni.

Pitcher Honored for Contributions to WEDF

Retiring WEDF president Stephen Pitcher was awarded the Dr. Stephen Mills Award for Advancing the Mission of the Worcester Educational Development Foundation at the June board meeting. 

Pitcher has been president of WEDF for the last seven years, bringing strong financial and non-profit management to the organization.

Steve is a graduate of North High School and resides in Worcester with his wife, Cindy. Steve and Cindy’s three adult children are Doherty alumni.

Defining Our Path – A Strategic Plan For Education in Worcester

The Worcester Public Schools strategic plan articulates a commitment to continue Worcester’s renaissance by placing the city’s children, and the future that they represent, at the center of our shared work.


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