LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. — As Kenneth Paulli, OFM, was busy celebrating his 25th anniversary as a friar and 20th year as a priest this summer, his family, friends and colleagues at Siena College were busy developing a scholarship in his honor.
When Kenneth, the chief of staff at Siena, first learned of the scholarship he was delighted, and suggested that it honor his grandparents, Alfred and Lena Albano and Paul and Josephine Paulli. He said he chose to honor his grandparents because it was their commitment to education that inspired him to pursue a Catholic education and earn a doctorate in education. Their commitment to education is especially poignant, since neither set of grandparents went to school beyond the eighth grade.
But both the Albanos and the Paullis valued Catholic education. “We worked hard to give our children their educations,” said Ken’s father, Paul, in the summer issue of the Siena News magazine.
The Fr. Kenneth P. Paulli ‘82, OFM, Ed.D. Scholarship will go to students in need who value a Catholic education, said Ken, just like his grandparents did. “These are the values that my grandparents taught us and I hope my life is serving.”
In its note to garner gifts for the scholarship, the school’s development office referenced Ken’s “student-centered and challenging teaching, collaborative and thorough work as an administrator, compassionate service to students, alumni, and countless others, locally and nationally, exemplifying the continuing Franciscan and Catholic traditions and values at Siena College.”
— Wendy Healy, a frequent contributer to HNP Today, wrote a profile of Ken Paulli to mark his 25th anniversary of profession.