Collier County Sheriff's Detective Named International College Founders' Award Recipient

Daniel McDonald, a 2000 graduate of International College and current student in the college’s MBA program, was named as International’s 2002 Founders’ Award recipient.

The Founders’ Award is given annually to an International College graduate with prominent professional accomplishments and who has performed outstanding service to the community. College officials also consider a nominee’s desire for learning, initiative and appreciation for excellence. It is the most prestigious award given to a graduate by the school.

McDonald, 35, is a violent crimes detective with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. He has been in law enforcement for 12 years.

“Daniel has been an outstanding community supporter, working with youth as a coach for many years. He’s distinguished himself as a police officer and he’s been helpful to the college,” said Dr. Frederick Nerone, International College Dean of the School of Business. “He’s an all-around good guy.”

He will receive the Founders’ Award on March 21 at the Ritz Carlton-Golf Resort Naples Tiburon during the 2002 Humanitarian of the Year luncheon honoring community philanthropist Frances Pew Hayes.

This is McDonald’s second honor from International College. Last year, he received the President’s Award.

“To win an award two years in a row is quite a privilege,” said McDonald, who works about 50 hours a week for the Sheriff’s office and squeezes in three classes at the college.

McDonald has shown strong social responsibility on and off duty. In 1992, while working for the Naples Police Department, McDonald was among four officers sent to the city of Homestead, in South Dade County, which was badly hit by Hurricane Andrew. While there, they aided the newly homeless by setting up meals, arranging shelter and putting people in contact with insurance adjusters. They also provided security for damaged businesses and helped the National Guard maintain peace.

He and the other officers received Command Recognition Commendations for their efforts. The honor goes to those who go above and beyond the call of duty.

McDonald also is a supporter of youth. He coached youth football for eight years. More recently, he coached high school football at Naples High School.

McDonald graduated from International College in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in management and a 3.83 GPA. Now, he is working toward a master’s degree in business administration with a dual concentration in marketing and international business.

Before International College moved from East Naples to its new home in North Naples, McDonald volunteered his knowledge as a crime prevention practitioner. He submitted a 13-page security report that offered fundamental safety recommendations, including stairwell safety, building safety and lighting improvements.

“I wanted to do something for International College,” McDonald said. “It was in the best interest of the school. International College has done so much for me, I just wanted to give back.”

Every one of McDonald’s recommendations was implemented, said International College President Terry McMahan.

“He is a credit to International College and we are very proud of his accomplishments,” McMahan said. “I think he has a bright future.”

McDonald lives in Naples with his wife, Wendy, and a 15-month-old son.

International College is a regionally accredited, independent, non-profit private institution with campus locations in Naples and Fort Myers. It also operates learning sites in Sarasota and New Port Richey as well as Edison Community College campuses in Fort Myers and Punta Gorda. The College, founded in 1990, offers associate, bachelor and master degree programs among 13 fields of study and has an enrollment of 1,272 students.
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