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President's Cabinet

Gloria Cordes Larson, BA, JD

President

Gloria Cordes Larson, JD, joined Bentley University as its president in July 2007 after a prestigious career as an attorney, public policy expert, and business leader. She was drawn to the Boston area business school because of its approach to redefining business education -- by integrating a business curriculum with the arts and sciences.

During Larson’s tenure, the former Bentley College became a university and established a number of new programs focused on the value of a business education.  At the undergraduate level the school recently expanded its commitment to a “fused” curriculum with additional courses co-taught by business and arts & sciences faculty.  Its most recent innovation, the Bentley MBA, is an 11-month global program where students pursue four 10-week modules in a collaborative, studio-based setting.  Larson also launched the Center for Women and Business at Bentley in 2011 focused on advancing shared leadership among women and men in the corporate world and developing women business leaders.  

Before joining Bentley, Larson was widely recognized for her significant influence in economic policy at the state and federal level.  She was co-chair of the Government Strategies Group at Foley Hoag LLP, prior to joining the university, and worked in the public sector before that serving as secretary of Economic Affairs under Massachusetts Governor William Weld and deputy director of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission.

Larson is well known for her significant corporate leadership and civic involvement. Recent honors include the Boston Business Journal’s “Power 50: Influential Bostonians;” Boston Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Boston;” and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural “Collaborative Leadership Award” and “Academy of Distinguished Bostonians Award.”

Larson received her bachelor of arts with honors from Vassar College and earned her juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Kenneth B. Cody, BS, MSF '88

Vice President for Administration and Finance

Named to this newly created position beginning December 1, 2012, Cody comes to Bentley with more than 25 years of experience as a finance and administrative professional in higher education, with a history of significant accomplishments, most recently as vice chancellor and treasurer/CFO for the University System of New Hampshire (USNH). USNH comprises four institutions, including UNH in Durham, and serves more than 30,000 students. Among Cody’s many accomplishments, working closely with colleagues at UNH, was designing and implementing a multi-year financial planning framework for aligning budgets and financial plans to strategic plans. In fiscal year 2012, he led a collaborative process which enabled UNH to maintain a positive operating margin while managing a $50 million cut in state appropriations. During the economic crisis, a multi-year capital building program, and severe state cutbacks, Ken maintained excellent and transparent relationships with investors and bankers to maintain USNH’s Aa3/A+ bond rating. He was instrumental in restructuring UNH’s administrative services into shared business centers to deliver improved services to faculty while reducing costs.  And he was also part of a UNH steering committee for a multi-year project that resulted in renewable methane gas providing two thirds of the campus’ total energy. He earned his bachelor of science in business administration at Plymouth State University, received a master’s degree in finance from Bentley University in 1988, and worked as a CPA prior to his career in higher education.

Daniel L. Everett, PhD

Dean of Arts and Sciences

Daniel Everett joined Bentley University as dean of Arts and Sciences on July 1, 2010. He previously served as department chair for Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Illinois State University since 2006, where he was also named that institution’s first University Professor. Prior to joining Illinois State, Everett was professor of Phonetics and Phonology at the University of Manchester in England from 2000 to 2006. From 1986 to 2000, he was professor of Linguistics and Anthropology and chair of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also served on the Advisory Board and later as dean of the Semester-at-Sea program. Everett earned his PhD in linguistics at the State University of Campinas in Brazil, where he also taught from 1980 to 1986. In addition to his 14 years of administrative experience, Everett is an accomplished scholar with much of his research centering on the study of the Pirahã people living in the Amazonian jungle in Brazil. He has published more than 90 articles and six books. Profiles about his research have been published in The New Yorker, New Scientist, GEO magazine, Gehirn & Geist, Scientific American Mind and Science News.

Judith A. Malone, BA, JD

General Counsel, Secretary of the Corporation

Judith Malone, JD, an accomplished counselor and advocate with broad experience representing clients in higher education and other nonprofit activities, joined Bentley as General Counsel in March 2008. Previously Malone was a partner at national law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP (formerly Palmer & Dodge LLP) since 1990 where she practiced in the areas of labor and employment law and litigation. Prior to joining Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP, Malone was a Teaching Fellow at Boston College Law School and previously worked as an associate at Arent, Fox, Kinter, Plotkin & Kahn in Washington, DC and at Bowker, Elmes, Perkins, Mecsas & Gerrard in Boston. Malone was named the Leading Massachusetts Lawyer in Employment each year from 2002-2007 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and was chosen one of America's Leading Business Lawyers by Chambers USA each year from 2003-2008. She is also a member of the Massachusetts and American Bar Associations. Malone received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, magna cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and earned her juris doctorate from Boston College Law School, magna cum laude, where she served as articles editor for the Boston College Law Review.

Joann C. McKenna, BS

Vice President for Enrollment Management

Appointed to her current post in 2003, Joann McKenna oversees the offices of Undergraduate Admission, Financial Assistance, pre-collegiate outreach, Institutional Research, enrollment planning and systems. McKenna most recently served as dean of undergraduate admission and financial assistance. She joined Bentley in 1993 as director of undergraduate admission. Previously, McKenna has held enrollment positions at Siena College, LeMoyne College, and John Carroll University. She earned a BS from LeMoyne College.

Michael J. Page, BS, MBA, PhD

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Michael Page, PhD, joined Bentley University as dean of Business and the McCallum Graduate School in May 2008. He was named vice president for academic affairs in July 2009 and provost in July 2010. He also oversees the Academic Technology Center, the Bentley Library and the Registrar's Office. Page came to Bentley with an extensive background in international business and more than two decades of academic experience. An advocate of diversity and inclusion, his international relationships span the globe, with strategic alliances on every continent. Prior to joining Bentley, Page served as the dean of Post-Experience Programs of Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Erasmus University and as executive director of the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) BV, The Netherlands. Previous roles at RSM include dean of Erasmus Graduate School of Business and dean of Academic Affairs. He has also held appointments at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town. A native of South Africa, Page holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Natal University in South Africa. He served in the South African Navy, and worked as a construction and design engineer before earning an MBA and PhD from the University of Cape Town. He spent a number of years as an investment professional and portfolio adviser for Investec Asset Management (South Africa and UK) and has authored numerous peer reviewed articles in the fields of marketing, finance and business.

David R. Perry, BSBA, MBA

Chief Marketing Officer

David Perry oversees marketing, branding, and communication at Bentley, providing strategic direction for marketing programs, messaging, print publications, the university website and social media, public and media relations, advertising, and events. He officially joined the school in June 2011, with more than 20 years’ experience in marketing strategy, brand management, product management, messaging, video production and research. His expertise crosses the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Most recently, as vice president for marketing and communication at Seattle Children’s, an academic medical center, he led wide-ranging initiatives to rebrand and align the 100-year-old teaching hospital, research center and foundation with current strategic priorities. Perry’s résumé also includes 10 years at Microsoft, with responsibility for business and marketing strategy and product management, and brand management at Quaker Oats. He is a trustee at Lindsey Wilson College and is active in higher education and philanthropy. Perry holds an MBA in marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and an undergraduate business degree from the University of Kentucky.

J. Andrew Shepardson, BA, MEd, PhD

Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students

Andrew Shepardson oversees the social, recreational, cultural, health and behavioral growth offered to students through educational programming and activities. He manages Athletics, the Center for International Students and Scholars, Counseling and Student Development, the Dean of Student Affairs Office, the Health and Wellness Center, Judicial Affairs, the Multicultural Center, New Student Orientation, Residential Center, and Student Activities. Shepardson came to Bentley in 1993 as judicial coordinator and was promoted to assistant dean, associate dean and dean in 1996, 2002 and 2004 respectively, and to his current position on the Cabinet in 2011. He completed his PhD at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. His research interests focus on student behavior and moral development. He has a MEd in Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University and a BA in English from St. Michael's College in Vermont. He has taught at the undergraduate level as an adjunct faculty member in the management department at Bentley, at the graduate level in the administration of higher education program at Suffolk University and in the higher education doctoral program at Northeastern University. He has been named staff member of the year by Bentley students; won the Circuit of the Year award from the Association of Student Judicial Affairs; received the Founder's Day award from his colleagues at Bentley and the Dissertation of the Year by the Association of Student Judicial Affairs.

William (Bill) Torrey, BA, MEd

Vice President for University Advancement

Bill Torrey oversees Bentley’s Division of University Advancement which includes the Development Offices, the Center for Alumni, Parents, and Friends, The Nathan R. Miller Center for Career Services, and the Center for Women and Business. He joined Bentley in September 2011 and has more than thirty years of experience as a senior college administrator. He started his career at Bucknell University, served as a managing partner in a national fund raising consulting firm, and for more than twenty years was the Senior Vice President for Planning and Development and Secretary of the College at Bowdoin College before retiring from Bowdoin in 2011. Torrey has been a Board Chair and Board member of a number of non-profit and community boards, including the Bath, Maine School Board, United Way of Mid Coast Maine, Mid Coast Hospital, Portland Stage Company, and the Brunswick Economic Development Corporation. He is currently President of the Board of Trustees at Waynflete School in Portland, Maine. Torrey received his BA and MEd from Bucknell University.

Roy (Chip) A. Wiggins, BA, MS, PhD

Dean of Business and the McCallum Graduate School
Director of the Bentley Microfinance Initiative

Chip Wiggins is the dean of Business and the McCallum Graduate School and the director of the Bentley Microcredit Initiative at Bentley University. Prior to that, he served as the chair of the Department of Finance and held the Edward F. Gibbons Research Professorship in Finance. His teaching and research interests focus on microfinance, corporate governance, ownership and control. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in corporate and financial strategy, equity markets and microfinance. His research interests include board of director effectiveness and compensation, executive compensation, and corporate expansions such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and reverse takeovers.  Wiggins began teaching at Bentley in 1996 as an Assistant Professor.  He was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2002 and to full professor in 2007. Before moving to Boston, he taught at Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University, both in Atlanta, Georgia.