Great Irish Fair

The Celtic Cross Award

Margaret Minson, Ed.D., who has spent more than 25 years in education, is receiving The Celtic Cross Award. Dr. Minson is the head of school at Bishop Kearney H.S., an all-girls Roman Catholic high school in Bensonhurst. She has served in the school’s leadership since 2014.

Previously, she was the executive director of Student Sponsor Partners, a scholarship and mentoring program for low-income New York City high school students; alumni director and vice president of institutional advancement at St. Joseph’s College; and the vice president of institutional advancement at Marymount Manhattan College.

Over the course of her career in fundraising, she has raised several hundred million dollars. She earned her doctorate in education from Fordham University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College and a master’s degree from Brooklyn College.

She has served on the boards of Regis H.S., Loyola H.S., and the Catholic Guardian Society and Home Bureau.

Born and raised in New York City, with ancestors from County Tipperary, Dr. Minson’s Irish-American heritage was an important part of her upbringing. Her support of Catholic education began early; her mother, Margaret Mary Dwyer, taught in Diocese of Brooklyn schools for 35 years.

Dr. Minson and her husband Artie reside in Manhattan. They have four sons and 13 grandchildren.