The Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series is being established in honor of Dr. Charles P. Conroy and his long and accomplished career (1987-2015) as Executive Director and CEO of Perkins. The Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series will focus on bringing members of our community together for lectures and discussion of a wide range of topics related to the various programs and services provided by Perkins. Speakers will focus on topics such as:
Intellectual and developmental disabilities; and
Organizational planning and leadership.
Dr. Conroy’s commitment to teaching, speaking, and writing, particularly in the areas of education, leadership, advocacy and organizational management, make this speakers series a fitting tribute.
The Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series Committee and Board of Trustees is committed to raising funds to permanently underwrite the Series through a designated fund. Underwriting the annual cost of running The Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series will ensure access at no cost to members of the public. The Speakers Series supports Perkins’ continued leadership in facilitating discussion, engagement, and learning in areas of education, mental health, and disabilities.
In recognition of his dedicated service and numerous accomplishments as Executive Director and CEO of Perkins (1987-2015), the Perkins Board of Trustees has named its new speakers series in honor of Dr. Charles P. Conroy. During the course of his twenty-eight years at Perkins, Dr. Conroy advanced the quality of services, as well as the number of individuals served. The census grew from 34 upon his arrival to Perkins to over 900 served at the time of his retirement. The 2.3 million dollar budget of 1987 grew to 20 million dollars in 2015. During this time, the staff grew from a workforce of 104 employees to 360 employees. Charlie led the expansion of the campus with 11 additional buildings that provide residential, educational, and recreational services.
In addition to his impact on Perkins’ growth and services, Dr. Conroy was an involved community member and thought leader in the fields of education and human services. He was an active member of not-for-profit boards, as well as civic and community agencies. In addition, he taught for twenty-five years in the Educational Leadership and Management graduate program at Fitchburg State University that prepares professional to serve as public and private school administrators.
Charlie compiled a formidable record of speaking, writing, and educating those in the fields of education, human services, nonprofit leadership and community relations. He was a champion for inclusiveness and fully integrated Perkins in the community. A key feature of his presentations often was commentary, critiques, and advocacy on behalf of the children, adults, and families Perkins serves. Charlie frequently encouraged those in his audience to advocate for those who otherwise might not have a voice.
The Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series is designed to continue the dialogue and encourage new champions in the years ahead.