Leon R. Cronce Receives Alumni Community Service Award from McDaniel College

Leon R. Cronce of Milford, N.J., received a bachelor's degree from Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College in 1971

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Leon R. Cronce

WESTMINSTER, MD (11/06/2012)(readMedia)-- Leon R. Cronce of Milford, N.J., has received the alumni community service award from McDaniel College. He earned a bachelor's degree from Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College in 1971.

Presented annually during McDaniel's Homecoming, the alumni community service award is given to a graduate who has performed outstanding voluntary service to their community beyond normal business or professional obligations.

Cronce earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and a certificate to teach the deaf and hearing impaired as a member of the first graduating class of deaf education at Western Maryland College. He went on to obtain a master's degree at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey).

He spent his career with the Hunterdon Developmental Center in Clinton, N.J., where he started as a teacher of the deaf and hearing impaired, was promoted to program coordinator, to director of professional services and for the 12 years prior to his 2003 retirement served as the assistant chief executive officer.

An active volunteer firefighter with the Clinton Fire Department for almost 15 years, he also served as president for five years and currently is an exempt member. He is a member and past president of the Milford Lions Club. He served on the Administrative Council as president for the Allerton Methodist Church and is currently the vice chair for the New Jersey Foster Grandparent Foundation, providing senior citizens with opportunities to work with the developmentally disabled. Cronce has served for the past six years as the president of the North Hunterdon High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010 as a three-sport athlete. He still volunteers at football games and is known as "the voice of the Lions" as the announcer at the high school's home wrestling matches. He has coached pre-high school athletes in wrestling, football and baseball.

For more information about McDaniel College, visit www.mcdaniel.edu.

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McDaniel College, recognized nationally among "40 Colleges that Change Lives" and U.S. News top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 20 highly regarded graduate programs. Its hallmark faculty-student collaborations in research, teaching and mentoring plus hundreds of leadership and service opportunities enrich a lively learning experience that is rooted in a personalized interdisciplinary and global curriculum. Innovative January courses take students to points all over the world while McDaniel's degree-granting European campus offers a unique opportunity for international study at the only American university in Budapest, Hungary. A diverse and close-knit community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,560 part-time graduate students, McDaniel also boasts a spectacular 160-acre hilltop campus in Westminster, Md., an hour or less from Baltimore, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay, an Amtrak station and BWI international airport.