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Bentley Named 2005 Corporate Partner of the Year by National Black MBA Association - Boston Chapter

January 29, 2006

Bentley College has been named the 2005 Corporate Partner of the Year by the Boston Chapter of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) in honor of Bentley's 12-year partnership with the organization.

Bentley and NBMBAA have worked closely together for years on the professional advancement of African-American, Latino and other underrepresented students and professionals. Bentley partners with NBMBAA at the high school, undergraduate, graduate and professional levels, running education advocacy, scholarship and personal development programs.

Much of the collaboration between the NBMBAA and Bentley is spearheaded by John Sims, Bentley executive relations manager, and Cary Weir Lytle, assistant director of graduate admission.

"It is an honor to be recognized by a Bentley partner that has also been at the forefront of increasing awareness in Boston's business and academic communities about the importance of diversity in today's global and technology driven business economy," said Weir Lytle.

Bentley is the first academic institution in the country to be recognized by NBMBAA outside of an education category, placing Bentley in the company of firms like The Boston Globe, The TJX Companies and Blue Cross® Blue Shield®.

Bentley has previously received local and national awards for Premier Education Partner of the Year from the NBMBAA, from the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and from the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA).

In 2004, NSHMBA awarded Bentley's McCallum Graduate School of Business its highest honor, the prestigious Brilliante Award. The graduate business school was cited, "for its wide range of successful programs and a level of leadership in the area of diversity development and community outreach and for extending support both to New England's and the nation's Asian-American, Latino, African-American, Native American, and Multiracial (ALANA) communities," according to the NSHMBA Boston chapter president, Raul Medina, who nominated Bentley for the award.

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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