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John T. Collins Elected Chairman of Bentley College Board of Trustess

June 7, 1998


WALTHAM, Mass. - John T. Collins of Boston has been elected chairman of the Bentley College Board of Trustees.

A 1969 graduate of Bentley, he is chairman and CEO of The Collins Group, Inc., of Boston, which manages a private investment portfolio and holds minority interest in several privately held companies. Prior to launching his own enterprise, Collins served as president and CEO of Quebecor Printing (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Quebecor Printing, Inc.

Collins began his career as head of internal auditing at Semline, Inc., a Braintree, Mass.-based book manufacturer. He later was promoted to controller and, at age 26, was named Semline's president. In 1978, he became a partner, and four years later he purchased the company. In 1986, Collins sold Semline to Quebecor Printing, Inc., and was named president and CEO of Quebecor-America, Inc., the predecessor of Quebecor Printing (USA), Inc.

Collins is currently a director of Fleet Financial Group, Fleet Bank, N.A., Joan Fabrics Corp., and the National Association of Printers and Lithographers. He also serves on the advisory council of Junior Achievement and Pell Rudman Venture Partners. He is a trustee of Beth Israel Hospital and the Massachusetts Chapter of the Leukemia Society of America. His other philanthropic interests include Rosie's Place and Oxfam America. He also has served on the boards of Shawmut National Bank N.A., Shawmut Quincy Bank & Trust, Viking Technology, the Graphic Arts Technical School, Black Music, Inc., and the National Association of Accountants.

Collins, a native of Watertown, was elected a Bentley trustee in 1987 and has served as vice chairman since 1994. He assumes the chairmanship on July 1, succeeding Gary A. Jennison, vice chairman of the Corcoran Jennison Companies, who served four years as chairman and remains a member of the Bentley board.

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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