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My Bentley Story by Ryan Schleicher

When I started touring prospective colleges my junior year in high school, Bentley quickly rose to the top. I loved the location, campus grounds, people I met and curriculum I read about. I also felt strongly about following in my great-grandfathers footsteps. My great-grandfather, Leo R. Schleicher, graduated from The Bentley School of Accounting and Finance in 1926. He was taught multiple courses by Harry C. Bentley himself! There’s not much closer a connection to the schools beginnings than that. My great-grandfather was a tremendous man – the ideal role model to say the least. He lived through some of the toughest of times but his ambition and commitment to education in his early years no doubt set him apart and helped to pave the way for a rewarding life – both personal and professional. I was so very fortunate to have known my great-grandfather for 16 years until his death in 1998 at the age of 96. I truly believe that his early days at Bentley shaped him into the man whom I will always remember, admire and appreciate. It was an honor to follow in his path. I graduated from Bentley undergraduate in 2005 and as an MBA graduate in 2011. The education, experiences and friendships I gained at Bentley surpassed my wildest expectations. I’m a very proud Double Falcon and have great appreciation for the progression Bentley’s made from the early days as an evening school on Tremont Street to today as a leading world-class institution.


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