Board of Trustees
Paul is a seasoned leader in the financial services sector with close to 30 years of experience in a multitude of executive roles at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Most recently, Paul served as president of commercial insurance, where he led transformational change of this $10+ billion strategic business unit resulting in a significant improvement in profitability. Prior to serving in this role, Paul served as president of three additional strategic business units and as the corporate CFO. Before joining Liberty Mutual, Paul was a senior audit manager at KPMG where he specialized in serving insurance companies and higher education institutions. Paul also serves as the chairman of the board of Wide Horizons For Children, Inc., an international adoption and humanitarian aid organization. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Bentley University. He has served on the board of trustees since 2013 and was elected chair in 2019.
David is president and chief executive officer for the U.S. and Canada at Natixis Investment Managers, where he is responsible for leading the firm’s affiliated investment managers in the region. Before elevating to this role, David served as the president and CEO of U.S. and Canadian distribution at the organization, where he has been since 2008. Prior to joining Natixis, David spent 14 years at Fidelity Investments, where he held numerous roles including president of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, one of the largest public charities in the U.S., and senior vice president of Fidelity’s Eastern Region Investor Centers. David earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bentley and MBA from Boston College and is a certified public accountant. He is vice chair of the board, which he joined in 2013.
Dr. Davis-Blake is Bentley University’s eighth president. Before Bentley, she served as dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota (2006-2011) and of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan (2011-2016). Alison holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Organizational Behavior, both from Brigham Young University, and a PhD in Business Administration from Stanford University.
Robert is the consultant relationship director for North America at Insight Investment in New York. Prior to joining Insight Investments, he served as the head of North America Consultant Relations at Putnam Investments where he was responsible for managing consultant relationships across the U.S. Skilled in investment management and client relations, Robert has held numerous roles in the financial services sector since 1991 at companies including Cutwater Asset Management, Putnam Investments, Babson Capital Management, and Fidelity Institutional Asset Management. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Bentley and an MBA in Management from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He has served on the board of trustees since 2012.
Tom is a seasoned leader in the investment sector with over 30 years of experience in the field. Most recently, Tom served as the chief financial officer of TA Associates in Boston, one of the oldest and largest private equity firms in the world, investing in technology, healthcare and consumer companies. As CFO, Tom was responsible for all financial, treasury and tax matters for the firm and its investment funds. Having joined the company in 1985, he held numerous roles including chief compliance officer and was previously responsible for legal and regulatory compliance, information systems, human resources and office management. Since opening its doors, TA Associates has invested more than $25 billion with over 500 companies. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Bentley and an MBA from Babson College and is a certified public accountant. He has served on the board of trustees since 2015.
Kevin is the founder, president and CEO of the Windsor Marketing Group, a national communications organization specializing in innovative marketing solutions. Known for their creative design, printing, production and delivery of in-store marketing materials across the U.S., WMG is recognized as a leader in marketing services. For over 40 years, Kevin has led WMG and built its reputation for developing innovative solutions to complex in-store marketing challenges and the marketing analytics that quantify the results. In addition to leading through innovation and expertise, WMG has been credited for consistently practicing social responsibility and leading in green initiatives. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in General Business from Bentley and has served on the board of trustees since 2008.
Terence is a senior vice president of wealth management at UBS Financial Services, a global firm providing financial services to private, corporate and institutional clients. Prior to joining UBS in 2009, Terence spent over 20 years as executive vice president at Hill Holliday, a leading full-service advertising agency in Boston and New York City. Terence has significant for-profit and non-profit board leadership experience, including investment committee responsibility, and is the former chairman of the board of trustees at the Newton Country Day School. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Bentley and his MBA from Suffolk University and is a chartered financial analyst. Terence has served on the board of trustees since 2000.
Stephen is a partner and the chief data officer at PwC in Boston, where he has worked for close to 30 years. During his time with the organization, he has served a number of Fortune 500 clients and has held a variety of leadership roles including global and U.S. leader of the systems and process assurance practice and head of the the firm’s risk management practice in the Northeast Region. In addition to his roles internally at PwC, Stephen manages the organization’s partnership activities as the founding corporate partner for the Center for Women and Business at Bentley. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Bentley and is a certified public accountant. He has served on the board of trustees since 2016.
Cynthia is a retired business executive with a strong background in finance and operations in technology companies. Cynthia took several technology companies public, including ArrowPoint Communications, Shiva Corporation and Bytex Corporation. Cynthia served as chief financial officer and vice president of operations in these companies, overseeing finance, business planning, manufacturing, legal, human resources and information systems. She also held various senior finance and administration management positions at Prime Computer and Arthur Young and Company. In addition to Bentley, Cynthia serves on several boards including The Concord Museum and the University of Rhode Island. Cynthia holds a Master of Finance from Bentley and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting, from the University of Rhode Island. Cynthia has served on the board of trustees since 2000.
Dr. Elam is an award-winning educator and dean emerita of the College of Business at Florida International University. Prior to holding this status, she served for 15 years as the dean and James L. Knight Eminent Scholar in Management Information Systems at FIU’s Center of Business. Before joining FIU, Joyce was an associate professor in the McCombs College of Business at the University of Texas and an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Throughout her career, Joyce has been recognized for her work advancing women leaders and as expert in the strategic use of information technology to support decision-making. Dr. Elam was a Marvin Bower Fellow at the Harvard Business School and earned both her PhD in Operations Research and her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Texas. She has served on the board of trustees since 2013.
Bill is a distinguished leader with experience in auditing and managing high-level client relationships. Most recently, he served as senior partner and vice chairman of Deloitte LLP, where he served the organization’s most significant clients and maintained key relationships, acting as a strategic liaison to the marketplace as well as to professional and community organizations. During his 40-year career with Deloitte, Bill held a number of leadership roles across the organization including managing partner, where he led all of Deloitte’s U.S. client initiatives, and regional managing partner for the Northeast, the organization’s largest region. In addition to these roles, he played a pivotal role in leading Deloitte’s global and U.S. Financial Services Industry practice. Bill earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bentley and has served on the board of trustees since 2003.
Andrew is an accomplished executive in leading private and public companies. He has been an executive vice president of public companies such as Interactive Data Corporation and CNGI, where he was also a general partner in @Ventures. He has held similar positions in early-stage startup enterprises such as Alegeus Technologies, DirectoryM Inc. and Centre Path Network, Inc. He currently holds several board positions with financial services and payment processing enterprises. After starting his career as an auditor at PwC, Andrew rose to partner at Ernst & Young LLP, where he established and grew Ernst & Young LLP's mergers and acquisitions practice in New England. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Bentley and has served on the board of trustees since 2000.
Dr. Kester is the George Fisher Baker Jr. Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and has served as a member of the institution’s faculty since 1981. During his time at Harvard, Carl has served as the deputy dean for academic affairs, chairman of the Finance Unit, and senior associate dean and chairman of the MBA Program. Carl is the author or co-author of numerous books, articles and case studies on corporate finance and corporate governance. More than a million of his case studies have been sold worldwide. An economics graduate of Amherst College, Carl also holds advanced degrees including an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He received his PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where his doctoral thesis was the winner of the Advanced Management Program Thesis Fellowship prize. Carl has served on the board of trustees since 2012.
Deborah is the senior director of special projects at MIT. Prior to joining the institution in 2007, Deborah held numerous roles specializing in strategic planning management including as vice president of strategic planning at MetLife, Inc. Early in her career, she spent time at The Life Group of the Chubb Corporation and at Chubb & Sons where she held roles including chief accounting officer and vice president of strategic planning and budgeting. Deborah holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Bentley and is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program and a certified public accountant. She has served on the board of trustees since 2004.
Steve is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in high level management. Most recently, Steve served as the president and COO of The Leaning Express, Inc., a national specialty toy franchiser with a focus on education. During his time with the organization, Steve was responsible for expanding the company’s reach from 20 stores regionally to over 150 in 33 states. Prior to his time at The Learning Express, Inc., Steve spent 15 years in the technology sector where he advanced to senior level management positions responsible for profit and loss responsibility and the management of 500 employees. Steve holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Management from Bentley and previously served as the university’s chair of the board of trustees. He has served on the board since 2006.
Norman is principal at Massry Realty Partners/Tri City Rentals, an organization which owns, operates and develops real estate throughout New York State. After joining the family real estate business, Norman was responsible for increasing the scope and capacity of the organization, which is today the largest in the Capital Region of New York. In addition to his work in real estate, Norman has served on the boards of St. Peter's Health Partners, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, United Jewish Federation and Albany Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is the longest serving trustee at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y. Norman holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Bentley and has served on the board of trustees since 2004.
Sue is an experienced leader in the finance industry with extensive experience in high-level management. Most recently, she served as president of the Wellington Funds Group and partner of Wellington Management Company, LLP, one of the world’s largest independent investment firms servicing clients in over 60 countries. Having joined the organization in 1994, Sue progressed through numerous high-level roles including in the firm’s mutual fund client services group and hedge fund business teams. Prior to joining Wellington, Sue was a senior consultant with Peterson Consulting. Sue holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Bentley and is a chartered financial analyst. She has served on the board of trustees since 2013.
Melanie is a skilled marketing and communications leader specializing in global, national and non-profit strategies. Currently, she is the president of Otero Communications, an organization she founded in 2016 following 25 years of experience in the industry, and founder and partner of the Breakthroughs Institute, a civic engagement and advocacy firm. Through both entrepreneurial ventures, Melanie creates strategies for organizations seeking to expand their impact. In prior roles, Melanie worked with numerous organizations in varying capacities including executive vice president of marketing and communications and vice president of philanthropy. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and MBA, both from Bentley. She has served on the board of trustees since 2017.
Nick is a seasoned executive with over 35 years of experience in the U.S. and international gas industry. Most recently, Nick served as the president and COO of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. After joining in 2011, he was selected to lead a multi-billion dollar recovery and restoration effort to enhance PG&E’s natural gas system. In 2017, Nick was promoted to president and COO. During his time at PG&E, he was an advocate for increasing safety measures in the workplace. Before PG&E, Nick served in roles including executive vice president and COO of National Grid and president of KeySpan Energy Delivery. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Bentley and an MBA from Babson College. He has served on the board of trustees since 2009.
Tanya is an accomplished attorney and the current assistant general counsel for The Home Depot, Inc., where she is responsible for overseeing all legal matters related to installation services, store operations and tool rental. Prior to serving in this role, Tanya was the vice president and general counsel for Concessions International, LLC, an airport concessions management company focusing on the operations of restaurants in airports throughout the U.S. In this capacity, Tanya was responsible for all legal matters, setting strategy, profit and operating plans for the organization as well as overseeing the construction and maintenance of the organization's units. In addition to her practice, Tanya served as the chair of the board of directors for the Center for Black Women's Wellness for 11 years, vice chair of the board of directors for Park Pride, and is active in her community. Tanya holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from Bentley and a Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School. She has served on the board of trustees since 1998.
For over 25 years, Brian was employed by J. & W. Seligman and Co. Incorporated, a privately held New York City investment firm managing Closed End Investment Companies, a family of mutual funds, institutional accounts and operating a trust company. For the last 15 of those years, he served as president and CEO of Seligman. The firm was sold in 2008 and Brian is now retired. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Virtus Total Return Fund, Virtus Global Dividend & Income Fund, Virtus Global Multi-Sector Fund and Duff & Phelps Select Energy MLP Fund, all NYSE-listed companies. Brian served previously on the board of Tri-Continental Corporation, a NYSE-listed company; the boards of the various Seligman investment companies; the board of governors of the Investment Company Institute; and the board of ICI Mutual Insurance Company. Prior to Seligman, Brian worked for eight years at PriceWaterhouse as an audit manager. He received his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Bentley, magna cum laude, in 1974 and became a CPA in New York in 1977. Brian also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 1992. He has served on the board of trustees since 2011.
Robert R. Anderson ’59
Robert P. Badavas ’74
Boca Raton, FL
John T. Collins ’69
Palm Beach, FL
Kenneth B. Colburn
William F. Craig
George J. Fantini, Jr. ’64
Richard A. Gnospelius ’65
Gail H. Hadley ’79
David A. Hughey ’55
Janet E. Hunt
Gary A. Jennison ’66
Francis F. Kingsley ’61
Palm Beach, FL
Elkin McCallum ’67
Gordon J. McLenithan ’67
West Palm Beach, FL
Nancy S. Milburn
Raymond F. Miller, Jr
Cathy E. Minehan
David A. Minella ’75
William K. O’Brien ’67
Dennis J. Picard
John W. Poduska, Sr.
Darryl V. Poole ’68
Elizabeth F. Rainoff
Southern Pines, NC
Richard H. Rubin
Mark B. Skaletsky ’70
Robert F. Smith ’53
D. Harold Sullivan ’46
David H. Weener ‘72
Palm Beach Gardens, FL