Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy has announced that former Lady Lion great Susan Robinson Fruchtl was take over as Director of Development and Advancement to lead fundraising and donor relations for the school.
“Susan is going to be a wonderful addition to our Saint Joe’s family,” said Jennifer Mallett, head of the school. “Every student, parent, faculty member and coach, board member, and supporter who gives their time, talent and treasure to support our mission is a part of our Saint Joe’s family. Saint Joe’s is more than a high school…
"it’s a holistic educational experience built on four pillars of faith, scholarship, leadership and service. These pillars are engrained in Susan’s character and experience. I look forward to collaborating with her to broaden our reach in the local community and begin planning for our upcoming 10-year anniversary celebration.”
Robinson Fruchtl returns to State College where she began her journey in athletics. While with the Lady Lions, she was a team leader who scored over 2,000 career points and added 1,000 rebounds and in 1992 was named a consensus All-American and won the Wade Trophy as the best women's college basketball player in NCAA Division I,
Later in her career, Fruchtl moved on as head coach at Saint Francis University where she was recognized as the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 2011. She then moved to the same position at Providence College before returning to Saint Francis University to serve most recently as the Director of Athletics.
“It is very special to me to be joining the Saint Joseph’s community where advancing its mission through faith, scholarship, leadership, and service are held in the highest regard," Fruchtl said in a press release.
"I look forward to working closely with Jennifer Mallet and the members of the board to take the institution to the next level. Jen has great vision for where Saint Joe’s can go after its inception just nine years ago, and it will be wonderful to be a part of it. I appreciate the opportunity to be in a position where I can build relationships that make others feel they are welcome and cared for, and I look forward to continuing to serve as a role model for students.”
Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy opened its doors in August 2011 as the first-ever Catholic high school in Centre County.