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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.
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."
The Yawkey Foundations have recognized Bentley University’s longstanding commitment to service-learning and awarded the university $500,000 to educate students to effectively lead nonprofit organizations and expand student efforts to help community groups.