William P. Curcio
As Sparta township’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year, William Curcio has long been known as a pillar of the Sparta community in both business and community affairs. Curcio has resided in Sparta for over 40 years with his wife, Marion and their two children, Marisa and Christopher. Leading as township manager and in the town’s little league team, Curcio always made it his duty to keep the Spartan community in good spirits, through his dedicated involvement.
Having earned his bachelor’s degree from DeSales University, then Allentown College, Curcio went on to complete his master’s degree at Lehigh University, and finally completing his post-graduate education at Oxford University. He currently serves as the Chair of the State of New Jersey Liquiefied Petroleum Education and Safety Board, Director of the New Jersey Propane Gas Association, and is a board member of the Employer Association of New Jersey.
Curcio describes his journey at Allentown College as, “unique to say the least, since I was part of the first class pioneering in the land of Center Valley, where my class had to make our own experiences and ‘figure it out,’ using our imaginations to achieve our goals.” Whether it was creating a football field from the rocky fields, forming a student government, running “mixers”, or starting a College Newspaper or campus clubs, Curcio and his class managed to “make things happen.” The secret to their successes was that they had a vision and took action. “I have used that specific foundation for my entire career,” said Curcio.
While a student, Curcio had the delightful privilege and honor to be first President of the Student Government. Additionally, he managed to find time to participate in intramural sports, the Politics Fraternity, and was named to “Who’s Who in College and University Students” in 1969.
Curcio describes the feeling of entering a new college as the first class as, “an exciting adventure shared with a very great group of pioneers and interesting faculty – which have produced memories fond enough to last a lifetime.”
Although Curcio is currently responsible for various activites, in his career and in the organizations in which he is involved, he still manages to find time to give as much of himself as possible, to both his community and numerous charities/organizations. In ten years, Curcio hopes to see himself in good health, while enjoying his family and grandchildren.