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Bentley College Dedicates Auditorium in Honor of Arthur G. Koumantzelis

October 1, 2000


WALTHAM, Mass.- Bentley College in Waltham has dedicated its main auditorium in honor of Lincoln resident Arthur G. Koumantzelis, a 1949 graduate of the college. The dedication ceremony took place in August, with about 50 friends and family members in attendance.

The newly named Arthur G. Koumantzelis Auditorium, located within the college's Lindsay Hall, is the main performing arts space on the Bentley campus, and the setting for many important lectures and college-wide events.

"Thousands of people pass through this auditorium every year," said Bentley President Joseph G. Morone. "Naming such a central venue of campus life for Arthur Koumantzelis is a fitting tribute to his professional and personal achievements and to his long-time support of Bentley."

Koumantzelis, a native of Lowell, spent most of his career in public accounting, holding senior positions with Arthur Young and Co., and then Ernst & Young upon the merger of the two firms. In 1990, he moved to Cumberland Farms, Inc., as senior vice president and CFO.

Two years ago, he and his longtime friend, George Behrakis, formed a new venture, Gainesborough Investments, with Koumantzelis serving as president and CEO. It was Behrakis, a very generous Bentley donor even though he is not a Bentley alumnus, who first suggested that the auditorium be named in Koumantzelis' honor.

"Arthur's dedication to Bentley is remarkable," said Morone, noting that Koumantzelis received the college's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1989. "He is a very active alumnus, has chaired reunion committees, was a featured speaker for the Executive Luncheon Series for students and faculty, and regularly supports Bentley athletics, the annual scholarship golf tournament, and many other endeavors."

Moreover, in 1996, Koumantzelis and his wife Vaia, the parents of seven children and grandparents of five, established a scholarship fund for Bentley students.

Koumantzelis' commitment to community is equally impressive. The National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Public Health Council of Massachusetts, the Governor's Task Force on Economic Development, the Massachusetts International Trade Council, Hellenic College, Dana Hall School, and St. Demetrios and Holy Trinity churches are among the organizations that have benefited from his wisdom and leadership over the years.

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