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MacKinnon joins Bentley College as Executive-in-Residence

September 22, 1998


Waltham, Mass.-Bentley College has appointed Richard A. MacKinnon as Computer Information Systems Executive-in-Residence for the 1998-1999 academic year. MacKinnon retired in 1992 after 30 years with IBM where for 18 years he was a research director, managing the IBM Cambridge Scientific Center. Since 1992 he has been chief scientist of MacKinnon Associates, consulting with chief executive officers on their information systems. In this capacity, he served as the first State Street Fellow at Boston's State Street Bank from 1992-1994, and as acting chief information officer at Penske Corporation's Detroit Diesel Corporation from 1996-1998.

In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate classes in Bentley's Computer Information Systems Department, MacKinnon will participate in a variety of college activities including curriculum development, research, advising, placement, the business ethics program, and a guest speaker series, as well as Bentley's new Center for Commerce and Technology. In spring 1999, he will teach an undergraduate seminar.

A graduate of Yale, Richard MacKinnon earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He taught at the MIT Sloan School of Management (1976-1993) as a Senior Lecturer, and at Boston University School of Management (1993-1998) as Executive-in-Residence. Currently he is a Distinguished Lecturer in computer science at University of Maine at Orono, and Director Emeritus of the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. MacKinnon serves on the oversight committee of the Northeast Proton Beam Cancer Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

He is a resident of Sherborn, Massachusetts.

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