THE CUNNINGHAM FAMILY
James T. Cunningham ’41 (posthumously)
The Cunningham Family is synonymous with La Salle Academy, which is why we are honoring James T. Cunningham ’41 (posthumously) with a Lasallian Medal this year alongside his sons, Thomas and Sean. The Cunningham legacy at La Salle began at the start of World War II and saw the school evolve as a proud alumnus for seven decades. Mr. Cunningham attended Manhattan College, where he graduated with a degree in accounting in 1945. A loyal and faithful Brothers’ Boy, Mr. Cunningham made sure that his two sons, Thomas and Sean, followed in his footsteps and received a Lasallian education. Perhaps, Thomas and Sean are Mr. Cunningham’s greatest gifts to La Salle. Up until his passing in 2010, Mr. Cunningham was an active La Salle alumnus who never forgot his Christian Brothers’ roots.
Thomas A. Cunningham ‘71
Thomas A. Cunningham is being honored this year for his extraordinary, tireless good work and many years of service to his alma mater.
Mr. Cunningham is the Vice President for Finance and Administration at the The College of New Rochelle, a private Catholic college with five campuses throughout the metropolitan area. As a member of the executive team, Mr. Cunningham has been instrumental in stewarding the College through a challenging time of transition. In his position, Mr. Cunningham is responsible for managing the school’s financial performance, Federal Grant compliance, Human Resources, Payroll Department, Information Technology, Bursar, Financial Aid, maintenance, facilities, general services, and the Department of Safety and Security.
Throughout his career, Mr. Cunningham gained broad experience in the areas of finance and administration, working for a diverse portfolio of companies in the fields of Banking, Advertising, Financial Services and Consulting Advisory.
Mr. Cunningham has been a longtime supporter of education. He is a co-founder and Trustee of the San Miguel Academy in Newburgh, New York. San Miguel Academy was started with the mission of serving underprivileged boys in Newburgh. The School currently has sixty students ranging in grades five through eight and provides postgraduate support to assist in their success.
A graduate of La Salle Academy, class of 1971, Mr. Cunningham has remained very active with the School over the years. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees for over 23 years and has served as the Board Chair. Mr. Cunningham has also helped structure the business affairs office, establishing controls, budgets and hiring of external auditors. Mr. Cunningham chaired La Salle’s 150th Anniversary Capital Campaign and started the Cardinal Classic annual golf event, now in its 23rd year.
Mr. Cunningham and his wife, Kathy, have raised two daughters, Ann and Jean. In keeping with the Lasallian Tradition, both Ann and Jean are graduates of Manhattan College. Today, Ann is a Teacher of Special Education at the Windward School and Jean is a second year Law Student at Fordham University.
Sean M. Cunningham ‘75
Sean M. Cunningham is mission-driven by nature, with a love for La Salle and strong belief in Catholic education that mimics that of his late father, James, and older brother, Thomas. Mr. Cunningham never left his alma mater, attending the school’s annual fundraising events and providing support to the boys of La Salle for decades. He has sponsored numerous boys with scholarship aid so they could attend La Salle and be given the chance to succeed both personally and professionally.
Mr. Cunningham is one of La Salle’s most distinguished alumni. He is the Advisory Director at Deloitte CRG, Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP. Mr. Cunningham has more than 20 years of experience working directly for and providing restructuring advice and services to debtors, senior lenders, and unsecured creditors. He has advised lenders and companies in numerous complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations, liquidations, and out-of court settlements with a particular focus on advising senior lenders.
His responsibilities have included business plan analysis and review, operational and cash flow analysis, enterprise valuation, capital restructuring and debt sizing analysis, divestiture and liquidation of distressed assets, §363 sale process , claims and recovery analysis, and debtor in possession (DIP) sizing and negotiation. Mr. Cunningham has provided interim management services as chief restructuring officer (CRO) and chief operating officer (COO) of various entities.
Prior to joining Deloitte CRG, Mr. Cunningham held the position of senior managing director at FTI Consulting and prior to that was executive director with Capstone Advisory Group. Mr. Cunningham began his consulting career at Policano & Manzo, which was later acquired by FTI Consulting.
Mr. Cunningham has extensive financial and operating experience in the health care field and was one of the original founders and chief financial officer (CFO) of TransCare Corporation, a national medical transportation provider. He has also held senior management positions at various subsidiaries of an international manufacturer and distributor of beauty and personal care products where he was an integral part of the divestiture team and process that ultimately sold a portfolio of non-core assets with a value of approximately $1 billion.