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President Gloria Larson Honored for Efforts to Advance Quality of Student Life on Campus

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President Gloria Larson Honored for Efforts to Advance Quality of Student Life on Campus

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The National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASPA) has named President Gloria Larson the recipient of the 2016 NASPA New England President’s Award for her commitment to enhancing the student experience on Bentley’s campus.

Every year, NASPA recognizes college and university presidents who are dedicated to advancing the quality of student life on campus by supporting the institution’s student affairs staff and initiatives.

President Larson was presented the award in November, when she was honored at the 2016 NASPA Region I Conference in Burlington, Vermont.

“This award is a wonderful honor,” says President Larson. “Bentley’s mission is to educate creative, ethical, socially responsible organizational leaders, and I’ve made it my mission to ensure that student life is an equal partner to education and research at our school. It’s Bentley’s knowledgeable and committed student affairs staff who, along with faculty, truly prepare our graduates for rewarding careers and lives.”

In its evaluation criteria, NASPA requires that recipients of the award consistently provide support for student affairs initiatives. President Larson’s direct engagement with students, commitment to student life priorities and broad advocacy for student affairs on campus and beyond were all highlighted in her nomination from her peers at Bentley.

“President Larson values all of our work—the fun and games of activities fairs and sporting events as well as the complexity of Title IX and mental illness,” shares Andrew Shepardson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. “She recognizes and promotes broadly that the work we do in Student Affairs impacts our students’ lives today, but more importantly, impacts them for a lifetime.”

President Larson will be entered into the NASPA National President’s award pool which will be awarded at the annual national conference in March. 

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 4,200 full-time undergraduate, 82 part-time undergraduate, 1,000 graduate, and 24 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.

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