Samuel Hirsch, Vice President of Student Affairs, to Receive Philadelphia Young Playwrights' Top Honor

PHILADELPHIA, May2, 2011—Samuel Hirsch, vice president of Student Affairs, will receive the President’s Award from Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) at 6 p.m., May 3, at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street in Philadelphia.

PYP is an intensive arts-education program that pairs theater professionals with individual classroom teachers. The two work together as an artistic team, guiding and supporting students in the process of writing a play. The program fosters student learning, exploring and succeeding.

Hirsch has served on the PYP board of trustees for the past 21 years. He has held various posts, including secretary, treasurer and president of the board. “We consider the President’s Award our highest honor and reserve it for those who have demonstrated long-time, loyal support of arts education through their support of our organization,” a PYP spokeswoman said. The award will be presented during the Write On! 2011 – A Celebration of Student Voices event.

“Working on the PYP board is a true labor of love,” Hirsch said. “It is an amazingly gratifying experience to be in the audience of a play that was created by a 16 year old and know that you have contributed to an organization that has enhanced and energized the life of so many students and families in Philadelphia.”

Hirsch was named vice president of Student Affairs at the College in 2006. Prior to that, he was the College’s dean of Educational Support Services, a post he had held since 1987. Hirsch has a Bachelor of Arts from Temple University, a Master of Arts in Education from Arcadia University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Wilmington College. Previous recipients of the President’s Award are A. Taylor Williams, Legal Counsel, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; Anne Spector, educator and administrator, Cheltenham School District; and Thelma Reese, a retired educational psychologist and professor.