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Deloitte & Touche CEO James H. Quigley To Speak At 86th Annual Bentley Commencement

May 1, 2005

WALTHAM, Mass. - Bentley is pleased to announce that Commencement for the Class of 2005 will take place on Saturday, May 21 at the college. The conferring of undergraduate degrees will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will feature James H. Quigley, CEO, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, as guest speaker. McCallum Graduate School of Business degrees will be conferred at 3:00 p.m. with a keynote address by Jim Koch, founder and chairman of The Boston Beer Company. Honorary Doctors of Commercial Science degrees will be awarded to the speakers.

An authority on business ethics and an advocate for corporate community service involvement, Quigley's career parallels two of Bentley's largest areas of focus and strength. "We wanted to find someone who could speak with personal knowledge and wisdom about lapses in corporate business ethics and efforts being taken to right them," said Bentley President Joseph G. Morone. "Someone who is very involved with government and professional efforts to clean up the corporate environment."

Koch, who grew the business into America's leading craft brewer, has first-hand knowledge of Bentley. Last spring MBA students examined the 20-year evolution and growth of The Boston Beer Company in a management course, "The Organizational Life Cycle: The Boston Beer Company -- Brewer of Sam Adams Boston Lager."

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
James H. Quigley was named Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP in June 2003. Most recently, Quigley was Vice Chairman of Deloitte and Regional Managing Partner of the New York practice, with responsibility for service to companies in the metropolitan region of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. With nearly 30 years of experience, Quigley has a distinguished track record of service to many leading clients in a broad range of industries. He was also National Industry Leader for the firm's Manufacturing practice.

In addition to his client service responsibilities, Quigley is a member of Deloitte's Executive Committee and the boards of directors of both Deloitte & Touche USA LLP and its global parent, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. He has been chairman of the U.S. organization's Partner Compensation and Benefits Committee and its Mergers and Acquisitions committee.

Since becoming a partner, Quigley has held numerous leadership roles in Deloitte's national office, including Assistant to the Chairman, Secretary to the Board of Directors and Operating Committee and Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chairman (now the Global Strategic Clients program).

Quigley is a member of the board of trustees for the Central Park Conservancy, as well as the NYC2012 Committee and the Lincoln Center Consolidated Corporate Fund. He also serves on the National Advisory Council of the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.

Jim Koch, founder and chairman of The Boston Beer Company, descends from one of America's oldest brewing families, yet, when he started his business career in 1978, he turned his back on the beer industry. He saw no opportunity to brew the kind of full-flavored beer that was his family's heritage. Armed with a BA, MBA and JD from Harvard, Koch set out on a very different path as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group.

During his six years at BCG, Koch traveled the country counseling Fortune 500 companies. By 1984, he started to see the occasional local "microbrew", and he began to think it might be possible to be successful brewing a full-flavored beer. When he went through the Koch family beer archives, he fell in love with a recipe his great-great grandfather had brewed in the 1860s at his brewery in St. Louis. He incorporated The Boston Beer Company in July, 1984, renting space in an historic brewery in Pennsylvania capable of brewing this traditional recipe. He had no budget for advertising or sales, so he set out going door-to-door to Boston bars and restaurants with his old consulting briefcase filled with chill packs and bottles of his first brew. Today, Samuel Adams is available in all 50 states and about 20 foreign countries and is America's leading craft brewery. In 1995, The Boston Beer Company completed an IPO, and the stock now trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol SAM.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Details on Commencement 2005 are available on Bentley's official commencement website: http://www.bentley.edu/commencement.

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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