2010: Archbishop Alexander Brunett

In recognition and appreciation of his outstanding leadership, service and support, Seattle University conferred its most prestigious and highest honor, the St. Ignatius Medal, to Seattle Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett. The St. Ignatius Medal was presented to the Archbishop at Seattle University's Annual Gala on October 29, 2010.

Appointed the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle by Pope John Paul II on October 28, 1997, Archbishop Brunett has provided a tireless spirit of leadership to Catholic education and Catholic schools for thirteen years.

Archbishop Brunett created the Fulcrum Foundation in 2002. A paradigm for access and sustainability in Catholic education, the Fulcrum Foundation completed its capital campaign in 2008, exceeding its goal by raising $43 million to support tuition assistance for students in need and aid to designated schools. In the past seven years more than 7,000 tuition assistance grants have been made to elementary and high school students. More than $14 million in student grants and direct aid to schools has been awarded since Fulcrum's founding.

Over the past thirteen years, Archbishop Brunett has opened six new elementary schools and two new high schools, bringing the total number of schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle to 73 (11 high schools and 62 elementary schools).

Not satisfied to rest on the achievements of the past, Archbishop Brunett directed Archdiocesan school leaders throughout Western Washington to conduct a school study designated to guide Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Seattle for many years to come. The study gave direction to Archdiocesan Catholic schools in the areas of Catholic Identity, Academic Excellence, Accessibility, Stewardship and Governance. For 13 years, Archbishop Brunett provided unparalleled vision and leadership for Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Seattle.

(Source: National Catholic Education Association)

2010 St Ignatius Medal Recipient Archbishop Alexander Brunett