Thomas L. Curcio, Jr. ’67

Mr. Curcio graduated from Gannon in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. He furthered his education by obtaining a master’s degree in criminal justice from Long Island University in Brookville, NY, and an MSW from Hunter College’s School of Social Work (New York, N.Y.)

Mr. Curcio’s 45-year career in the field of child welfare---specifically, in residential out-of-home care---began in Schenectady, N.Y., at the Berkshire Farm for Boys in the community service department. Following that, he served as a social worker at the Children’s Home of Schenectady, moving on to the Andrus Children’s Home in Yonkers, N.Y., as recreation director, eventually serving as associate executive director. In 1983, he became the executive director of the Children’s Home of Binghamton. Mr. Curcio took this declining facility and revitalized it, supervising a $10 million building program for new facilities. As a result, the home grew from serving approximately 60 children to more than 200 children per day.

Since 1983, Mr. Curcio has served as president and CEO of the Board of Child Care of the United Methodist Church, Inc. in Baltimore. During Curcio’s tenure, the agency has received an Organization of the Year Award and Best Practice Award for Innovative Programming from the United Methodist Association, in addition to many community awards for its work with local law enforcement. In 2009, the United Methodist Association recognized Curcio as Administrator of the Year. In 2008, the Alliance of Children and Families recognized his personal contributions by awarding him the Samuel Gerson Nordlinger Child Welfare Leadership Award. He was recently recognized by Dream 4 It, Inc. for his outstanding work with special needs students.

Mr. Curcio served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Children and Families for nine years, the Maryland Association for Youth and Families board for four years and as president of the United Methodist Association’s Children, Youth and Families board. Currently, he is a member of the Provider Council for the State of Maryland and a board member of the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County in Columbia, Md.

While at Gannon he was involved as a Tau Kappa Epsilon brother and played on the men’s basketball team for one year.

Mr. Curcio and his wife, Penny, have three daughters (including Heather Krystofiak ’97 who, along with her husband, Jeff Krystofiak ’97, graduated from Gannon) and four grandchildren. He tries to live by the motto of John Wesley, who said: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”

(Published 2012)