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Bentley College Names Gloria Cordes Larson, Esq. as its 7th President

April 20, 2007

Gloria Cordes Larson, JD, prominent lawyer, public policy expert, and business leader, was elected to the presidency of Bentley College by the Bentley Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2007.

Larson, currently the co-chair of the Government Strategies Group at Foley Hoag, one of the country's leading law firms, manages a practice that covers a broad array of federal, state and local regulatory and business development issues, including real estate development, energy, insurance, environmental permitting, transportation, advertising and internet privacy matters.

Widely influential in economic policy, Larson recently led a business advisory cabinet for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and served as co-chair of his transition team. She was Secretary of Economic Affairs from 1993 to 1996 and Secretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation from 1991 to 1993, under Massachusetts Governor William Weld. Prior to her state service, she managed business and regulatory issues at the federal level as a senior official with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Larson served as an attorney adviser to the FTC Commissioner from 1981 to 1988, and as the Deputy Director of Consumer Protection at the FTC from 1990 to 1991.

"This is an important day in Bentley's history," said Mark B. Skaletsky '70, co-chair of the presidential search committee with fellow trustee Cynthia Deysher. "After a rigorous and dedicated search, we are pleased to welcome Gloria Larson as Bentley's 7th president. Gloria has been a visionary and strategic leader in business, government and social service at the national, state and local levels. She brings to Bentley an extraordinary ability to lead complex organizations with varying stakeholders and constituencies, while maintaining a clear and committed focus. She is an effective consensus-builder in diverse environments; a much admired skill. Her demonstrated commitment to integrity, innovation and civic engagement are perfectly aligned with Bentley's mission and philosophy as an institution."

Bentley College enrolls 4,250 undergraduate and approximately 1,250 graduate students. Dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader one with the deep technical skills, the broad global perspective and the high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing economy, Bentley infuses its advanced business curriculum with the richness of a liberal arts education and state-of-the-art technology. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Bentley has 271 full-time faculty members. Over the last five years, Bentley has experienced continued growth in its endowment, contributions, applications and enrollment. During the last year, Bentley launched PhD programs in business and accountancy; launched a portfolio of graduate programs, Portfolio 360, and has expanded its array of international partnerships with academic institutions in the Netherlands, India, Spain, China, Singapore, and Belgium.

Joseph G. Morone, PhD, stepped down in fall 2005 after eight years at Bentley to assume the role of CEO at Albany International Corporation. Dr. Morone spearheaded many significant achievements during his tenure including increased academic rigor, growth of the physical facilities, technological advancement and strategic corporate partnerships.

"We have been fortunate in selecting Gloria Larson as our new president. When she assumes office this summer she will be leading a talented group of faculty and administration who have all demonstrated their commitment to Bentley and its success during this time of transition," states J. Terence Carleton, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. "Gloria's long list of successes operating in collegial environments, combined with her considerable business experience, makes her the perfect choice to lead Bentley into the future. She brings to our institution a demonstrated commitment to improving educational opportunities for young adults and the ability to create a climate of innovation and collaboration."

Larson is an advocate for education and job creation, a commitment which is evident in her work as co-chair of the Board of MassINC; co-chair of the Great Schools Campaign, a school reform partnership managed by the Mass Insight Education and Research Institute; and her role in Global Massachusetts 2015, a multi-year leadership initiative to create a vision for economic success in key and emerging industry sectors over the next 10 years. The Global 2015 group brings together major business groups, industry and higher education leaders to develop and advance a comprehensive economic strategy that will ensure world leadership in research & development and job creation.

"I am honored that the Board of Trustees and the search committee have invited me to lead the Bentley community. I have been so inspired by the institution's growth and transformation in recent years, and especially by the people of Bentley and the level of dedication I have witnessed," said Larson. "Bentley's expertise in preparing young adults for the realities of working in our fast-paced global economy is impressive. Their unique ability to infuse a business curriculum with liberal arts and technology gives their students an edge that is vital in today's society. The contribution that colleges like Bentley make to society is essential to global partnerships and success. I look forward to working with this talented group of people to ensure Bentley's position as one of this country's premier academic institutions."

Larson is currently the Chairperson of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA). Under her leadership the organization oversaw the recent renovation of the MassMutual in Springfield and the $800 million construction of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, which opened in June 2004 in Boston's waterfront district.

As Secretary of Economic Affairs, she was responsible for developing and promoting economic growth policies and fostering employment opportunities in Massachusetts. While working as Massachusetts Secretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation she was responsible for banking, insurance and energy, as well as consumer protection. As Deputy Director of Consumer Protection for the FTC, Larson's work included establishing national consumer protection policies and implementing law enforcement and educational efforts.

Larson was appointed by Governor Mitt Romney in January 2005 to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy Board. She was also chosen by Mayor Menino in 2004 to the Boston Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention, and was appointed by Governor-Elect Mitt Romney in November 2002 to chair the Transportation and Housing Transition Team.

Larson serves as a director of KeySpan Corporation, UnumProvident Corporation, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts. She is also a board member of several prominent professional and community organizations including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the New England Council, MassINC, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Boston Center for the Arts, Roger Williams University School of Law, MassInsight, Massachusetts Women's Forum, University of Massachusetts Center for Collaborative Leadership, Harbor Island Alliance, Rosie's Place, and Dimock Community Health Center. She is a member of the Massachusetts, Virginia and Boston Bar Associations.

She has been honored and recognized by many groups for her contributions and commitment to civic duty, especially for raising awareness of the need for education reform and for promoting the role of business in changing that landscape.

Larson's honors include:

  • Lawyer of the Year, Massachusetts Lawyer's Weekly and Massachusetts Bar Association (2006)
  • The Academy of Distinguished Bostonians Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
  • Number one on the list of 100 Most Powerful Women in Boston in Boston Magazine in 2003
  • The Norman S. Rabb Human Relations Award, American Jewish Committee
  • The Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
  • The Abigail Adams Award from the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus
  • The International Business Leader Award from the International Management Development Association
  • The New England Council Outstanding Women Business Leaders Award

Larson received her bachelor of arts with honors from Vassar College and earned her juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Northeastern University in 2005 and from Mount Wachusett Community College in 2003. She is married to Allen Larson, an attorney.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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