Arlene Crescenzi Allen retired in 2001 after a 37-year career as an English and literature teacher, most of it for the Clark Township (N.J.) Board of Education. She had taught for 27 years at Governor Livingston Regional High School and three years at Arthur L. Johnson High School.
Allen and her husband have established the Craig and Arlene Crescenzi Allen Endowed Scholarship, which helps support Montclair State teacher education majors during their student teaching experience. The two also support three other annual scholarships to assist student teachers. Allen made the lead gift to establish the Dr. Russell Krauss Classroom in University Hall, which was dedicated in 2008, in memory of a beloved professor and mentor.
A dedicated supporter of Montclair State, Allen has served on the Alumni Association Board, and as a member of her 50th Anniversary Reunion Committee and the Annual Scholarship Dinner Committee. She was a participant in a panel discussion at the University entitled, “Teacher Education at Montclair State: A Proud Past, A Promising Future.”
Allen earned a BA in English from Montclair State College and an MA in humanities from Kean University. Allen and her husband regularly attend events at Montclair State, including the recent Kasser Theater 10th Anniversary celebration, the Annual Scholarship Dinner, and the opening celebrations for the new Feliciano School of Business building and the Center for Environmental and Life Sciences.
Bio as of May 2016