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Bentley University Announces $125,000 Gift from Alumnus Steven Griffin, Senior Vice President of New Hampshire-Based Isaacson Structural Steel, Inc.

August 3, 2010

Bentley University is pleased to announce a gift of $125,000 from 1978 alumnus Steven Griffin for the establishment of two named funds; one that is perpetually endowed with the University, and one for current use, which will provide immediate need-based support to an undergraduate student at Bentley. Griffin is senior vice president and co-owner of Isaacson Structural Steel, Inc., in Berlin, New Hampshire.

"Coming from a working-class family, I recognize the financial challenges of attending college," says Griffin, who supplemented his Bentley education with scholarships and student employment through the federal Work-Study program. "If this helps to get a student to pursue a Bentley education, I will be extremely happy."

As senior vice president and co-owner of Isaacson Structural Steel, Griffin manages accounting, financial and administrative functions of the company. Under the leadership of Griffin and his business partner, Arnie Hanson, gross sales grew from $18 million to $67 million. Griffin first joined Issacson as assistant controller, and was soon appointed to senior vice president of finance. During more than three decades of experience in the financial and accounting industries, he has remained active in a number of community organizations, including as chair of the Berlin Police Commission and chair of the St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts. 

"If you give, you get it back," he says of a philosophy instilled by his mother. "I believe that I get back every day."

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

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