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My Bentley Story by Michael Lynch

In many ways, the day I officially became a member of the Bentley community was a seminal moment in my life. It was January 20, 2010 - exactly six years ago today. So much has happened to me since that day. At the time, I was a newlywed, married only five months earlier. I had just left behind a budding career in corporate communications at a local insurance company to address an itch -- a desire to put my skills to work at some place that felt more like home. A place that fulfilled a greater purpose for me professionally and for the world at-large. I had never worked in the field of higher education, but I had a strong suspicion that taking a chance on Bentley would prove to be the right move for my budding family and me. I'm happy to report that my instincts were spot on. Without hesitation, I can say that I derive great satisfaction from my work and, more importantly, feel extremely fortunate to work alongside some simply outstanding individuals. My colleagues in the Division of University Advancement, especially my teammates within the Advancement Communications department (Caroline Cruise, Todd Irzyk and Kristin Livingston), mean a great deal to me. The Advancement Communications team is very much my work family, and I am thankful for all that they do to make our office such a special place. As for my actual family? Well, my Bentley journey has seen my brood grow exponentially. In the past six years, my wife, Lauren, and I have welcomed a trusted companion (Camden T. Dog) and, more recently, three kids (Riley - age 4 / Seamus - 19 months / Rory - 1 month) to our brood. The picture I decided to share along with my story is of my office door. My door, like my office, is littered with pictures of what I affectionately refer to as Team Lynch. Simpy put: they are my world. They also remind me of just how much has changed for me during my time at Bentley. I'm a lucky guy.


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