Bristol Awards

Recognizing Outstanding Bristol Graduates
Thursday, April 20, 2023
Bristol Community College
777 Elsbree Street, Fall River | Commonwealth College Center (G)

GATHERING | 6 to 6:30 p.m.
DINNER & AWARDS | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tables and Tickets

Partner Table | $750
Name in program, mention from podium and table sign
Supporter Table | $500
Individual Tickets | $50

For questions, please contact:
Steve Ragno, Director of Development & Alumni Affairs 774.357.2007 |


Please register by Thursday, April 6.

RSVP by Mail

Please complete and return this form with your payment by April 6 to: Bristol Community College Foundation, 777 Elsbree St., D109, Fall River, MA 02720

Checks should be made payable to Bristol Community College Foundation.

RSVP by Phone

Contact the Foundation at 774.357.2007 to register by phone.

RSVP and/or Pay Online

About the Honorees

2023 PARAGON AWARD | Paul E. Coogan ‘74

Fall River Mayor Paul CooganThe Paragon Award is the most distinguished award given to a graduate of Bristol Community College. Inspiring alumni will also be honored in the events annual categories, including the Black or African American Alumnus, Maury Kusinitz Volunteer of the Year and the Alumni Service Awards.

This year’s Paragon Award will be given to Paul E. Coogan.

Fall River Mayor Paul E. Coogan earned his associate degree in 1974 from Bristol Community College and received his Bachelor of Science in 1976 from Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMass Dartmouth). Paul later earned a Master of Science in 1996 from California College for Health Sciences.

Paul has worked in the Fall River Public Schools for more than 30 years in a variety of roles, such as a teacher, program director and vice principal. From 2016 to 2017, he was a Southcoast Mentoring Initiative for Learning, Education and Service (SMILES) Mentor Recruiter at People Incorporated.

From 2016 to 2019, Paul proudly served as an elected official on the Fall River School Committee. Before that, he served as Chairman of the Greater Fall River Regional Vocational School Committee. Paul was elected Mayor of Fall River in 2019.

Blending his personal passion for running and fitness with commitment to community, Paul has volunteered as race director for the Westport Long Run, Fall River 5k and Girls that Rock 5k. He has completed seven Boston Marathons and enjoys spending time with his wife, Judi.



Chelsie Stephenson ‘15



Bristol Mobile Food Market Volunteer Group



Clifford Clement ‘74
Maiza M. Silva ‘06
Shellise Jackson ‘16, ‘18



Steven Martins