A Penn State women's basketball great is making her return to the State College area.
Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy in Boalsburg announced that Susan Robinson Fruchtl has been named 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,” Jennifer Mallett, head of school, said in a press release. “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 the area 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 in 1992 was named a consensus All-American and won the Wade Trophy as the best NCAA Division I women's college basketball player.
She went on to serve two stints as an assistant coach at Penn State and from 2007-12 was head coach at Saint Francis University, where she was named the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 2011. She Fruchtl spent four years as head coach at Providence before returning to Saint Francis as director of athletics.
Robinson Fruchtl earned a master's degree in higher education from Penn State and another in secondary school guidance and counseling from Slippery Rock.
“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," Robinson Fruchtl said.
"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 Catholic high school in Centre County.