On Friday, May 16, 2014, Wheelock College will recognize three honorary degree recipients, talented leaders who embody the spirit of the undergraduate and graduate Commencement theme of “Innovation. Access. Opportunity.” Through their tireless dedication to increasing access to quality healthcare and education, they have improved the lives of innumerable children and families throughout the world. Honorees include Howard K. Koh, David C. Banks, and Mary Tiseo.
Graduate commencement speaker David C. Banks is the President and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation. He was the founding principal of the Eagle Academy for Young Men, the first school in a network of innovative all-boys public schools in New York City. Since opening in 2004, the Eagle Academy family has grown to include a total of three schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, and is expanding its vision to Newark and other cities in the United States.
Eagle Academy is based on the belief that a nurturing institution which believes that excellence, both in character and scholarship, opens doors and provides a bridge to equality. Since its inception, Eagle Academy has graduated young men who are making a difference in their communities and in the nation.
Prior to his roles at Eagle, Mr. Banks served as Founding Principal of The Bronx School for Law, Government & Justice. This theme-based high school provided a unique opportunity for him to combine his law and education backgrounds. During his tenure, Mr. Banks helped spearhead a community-wide effort to secure a permanent home for the school. As a result, Bronx Law is now housed in a $75-million, state-of-the-art facility, representing an unprecedented partnership between the criminal justice community and an inner-city high school. Mr. Banks is a graduate of Rutgers University and received his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University.
“We are thrilled to be honoring David C. Banks, who shares an unwavering commitment to our mission of improving the lives of children and families,” said Wheelock President Jackie Jenkins-Scott. “Our Commencement theme truly reflects his life’s work as a passionate advocate for scholarship, opportunity and equality. I am deeply impressed and inspired by the Eagle Academy graduates who are making a difference as Wheelock students and graduates. “