Inaugural Leadership Ceremony Honors Founders of Chaminade High School

Kevin Conway ’76, Fr. Garrett Long S.M. ‘62 and Randy Dudick (left to right) were recipients of the prestigious awards.

Sean Keane ’23

“Do whatever He tells you” is what Mary told the servants at the wedding of Cana; this statement demonstrates to Catholics that we are all called to carry out God’s will, even when it is difficult to see how it aligns with our own.

The inaugural Legacy of Leadership event on Thursday May 19, 2022 honored three extraordinary members of the Chaminade High School community who have not only carried out God’s will, but also displayed leadership in guiding others to do the same.

Fr. Garrett Long S.M. ’62 and Mr. Randy Dudick were recognized as Founders of Chaminade High School, while Mr. Kevin Conway ’76 was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of Chaminade.

The night opened with the string orchestra, who per- formed an assortment of tunes as guests arrived. The ceremony then began with a speech from Bro. Thomas Cleary S.M. ’81, who introduced the honorees.

Dudick has worked at Chaminade for over 25 years, and is the first one to show up every morning to ensure the school day will run smoothly. He can be found all around the school, keeping Chaminade in order. 

“Randy is such a hard worker and wears so many hats for my department,” Mr. John Nuzzi, Manager of Facilities, explains. “He is always willing to help anyone at any time, no matter what it is. He’s always someone I can count on to get the job done. Randy is first in the building and makes sure all the lights are on and the building is ready for when the next person arrives at the school. There will never be another Randy. I am so happy and honored to have worked with Randy for the years that I have…and I’m so proud of him for receiving the Founders Award.”

The next recipient, Fr. Garrett,has served the CHS community for over 50 years. He has held many roles, including chaplain, head of guidance, and director of the Meribah Retreat House. He teaches Latin, and after school can be found guiding students in the craft of woodworking.

Fr. Peter Heiskell, S.M. ’86 reflected, “Our Marianist charism highlights two powerful messages spoken by our Blessed Mother Mary: her ‘Fiat’ or ‘Yes’ to God’s invitation to her to be the Mother of the Savior, and her direction to the servants at the wedding at Cana to ‘Do whatever He tells you.’ These words are woven into the very fabric of Fr. Garrett’s life as a Marianist priest. From his first ‘Yes’ to God’s call to be a Marianist, to all the other ‘Fiats’ to what Jesus has called him to do as a Son of Mary, Fr. Garrett has never tired of serving prayerfully, joyfully, and with loving, pastoral care. I am grateful for his powerful example to me of Marianist priesthood and how to follow in the footsteps of Blessed Chaminade in serving theMarianist Family.”

Conway, the night’s third and final award winner, is currently the vice chairman at Clayton Dubilier & Rice. Previously, he worked at Goldman Sachs and Co. after having graduated from Amherst College. 

Conway has been a great influence to the develop- ment of Chaminade academics and programs. With the experience and knowledge he has gained throughout his life, he gives advice—as Bro. Tom describes it— in a “clear and direct” way. 

He is grateful for everything that Chaminade has done for him, and he believes that the most qualified students should have the opportunity to go to Chaminade regard- less of financial status. He commends the efforts of the Torch Fund and Chaminade Cares for working towards this goal. 

“Despite having graduated over forty years ago,” Bro. Tom stated, “Kevin is still tremendously engaged in and passionate about Chaminade High School and keeping it on the forefront of Catholic education. I am grateful for his passion and dedication for the mission of Chaminade High School. He has also become a close friend.” 

As the guests of the night’s event learned, these three honorees are devoted to helping others in any way possible. They do not hesitate to follow Mary’s call and strive to “do whatever He tells them.”