My Bentley Story by Professor Emeritus Frank Wolpe
Faculty, Waltham, MA
THE UNTOLD STORY ABOUT THE FOUNDING OF BENTLEY UNIVERSITY'S 1974 GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
There is a seminal chapter from Bentley University history, which spotlights one heck of a previously untold story.
It's about the roles of two entrepreneurs, who by chance came together in 1974: pioneering President Gregory H. Adamian and pathfinding Professor Emeritus Frank Wolpe. What makes it a timely tale to tell is the centennial celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 1917 founding of the Harry C. Bentley School of Accounting and Finance.
My name is Frank Wolpe, one of the two players in this event; and for this moment, I am your voice from Bentley past with a compelling 1974 Graduate School founders’ year story. For newer colleagues who don’t know me, and for others who don’t know me as well as they may think, I am writing about an exciting chapter in our university history to share with folks in Bentley present.
It all started 42 years ago; so, it’s about the way we were in 1974 and thereafter. It chronicles how a small college team led by President Greg Adamian, with a vision for better things, crafted what became a top graduate school.
The full story of just how that happened is told in the paper entitled:
A “Grateful Tribute” and “Comprehensive Memoir”
[Celebrating a Wannabe 1974 Graduate School that Became an Extraordinary Reality]
As its author, I also reflect upon my nearly four-decade odyssey at Bentley, which starts out with my first and remarkably-momentous meeting between then Bentley President Greg Adamian and me on February 15, 1974.
His predicament was what led to our reaching out for each other. I had already learned that the hard-earned 1973 Bentley authority to activate a graduate school had never yielded a single operationally-ready academic program. This was despite earnest faculty efforts and a well-intentioned public announcement for a September 1974 grand opening, albeit without any programs and courses ready to deliver.
Without time to ponder, Greg had to find the shortest distance between two points, where he was and where he wanted to be! It soon became clear to me that he was looking for an outsider, with passion like his own, to step in and be his "Lone Ranger" figure if he could catch one! We soon caught each other!
Now, for the rest of the story, you can access this paper on SSRN at: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2846028