Joseph G. Bonito Award

The Joseph G. Bonito Servant Leadership Award is presented to a Jenks graduating student who is unanimously selected by the student directors as the person who best exemplifies the Jenks program's motto “learning for leadership and leadership for service.”

Joe Bonito


Joe Bonito '79 is the Senior Vice President, Learning & Leadership Development Executive at Bank of America. He holds a BA from Boston College, an MS from the University of Pennsylvania and an Executive Masters in Human Resource Leadership from Rutgers University. As an undergraduate student, Joe participated in what was then the Paraprofessional Leader Group (PLG) and later served as a student director. Dubbed by Sandy Jenks as a "rough gem," Joe admired and emulated Sandy and since his graduation from BC has continued to give back to the program by leading workshops year after year. In the words of one student who benefited from Joe's tutelage, "Joe has been an invaluable foundation and glue to Jenks, and the PLG before that. His unselfish commitment and service to this organization has been exemplary and in the true spirit of Sandy Jenks." Joe gave almost four decades of service to the Jenks Leadership Program, and when we marked the 50th anniversary of the Jenks program, the Joseph G. Bonito Servant Leadership Award was created in his honor.


Class of 2020 Recipient

Jason Kauper


Over the past three semesters, I have had the distinct privilege of watching this wonderful leader serve as a role model, motivator, and constant source of encouragement for his fellow peers. Always the first to arrive, and eager to chip in, this individual has demonstrated the qualities of servant leadership day in and day out, inside and outside of Fulton 515. 

Jason Kauper is one of the kindest, most intelligent, and humble human beings I have had the privilege to get to know and to love through the Jenks program. His genuine care for people and the common good of the world is apparent from the first time you meet him. He also has a calming presence, yet exudes confidence that all will turn out as it should. Which is what we all need these days. 

Jason, I hope you know that you are capable of everything and anything, and that you have not only my support but the support of your entire extended Jenks family in all endeavors you wish to pursue. I know you are going to do fabulous things, and I hope our paths cross again and I can hear about all the change you made in the world. 

It is now with great pleasure that I VIRTUALLY present this year’s 2020 Joseph G. Bonito Servant Leadership Award to the most deserving Jason Kauper.

Morgan Gamble ’20, Jenks Student Director