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President Chrite on stage for the Inauguration

Inauguration of Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite

On April 5-6, the Bentley community joined together to celebrate the inauguration of its ninth president, Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite. To commemorate the special occasion, students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university gathered for two days of conversations and ceremonies.

President Chrite’s Installation Ceremony

More than 1,400 students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, friends of the university and representatives of other colleges celebrated the inauguration of President Chrite during the installation ceremony. During the ceremony, President Chrite was welcomed and praised for his leadership skills and strong belief in business as a force for good in the world. 

Re-experience the excitement from inauguration in the video at the right. 

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President Chrite's Installation Ceremony

The Bentley Arena full with guests during inauguration

Scenes from Inauguration

President Chrite Thanks the Community

President Chrite speaking at inauguration

‘Bentley’s Bold Bets for the Future’

“At Bentley, we are actively committed to creating a learning environment that celebrates and harnesses that quintessentially American strength — our rich diversity.”

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Armchair Conversation with Marcelo Claure ’93

President Chrite kicked off the inauguration celebration with an armchair conversation with investor and entrepreneur Marcelo Claure ’93. During their conversation, the two discussed a wide range of topics ranging from the future of business and most disruptive technologies to the need for good business at the intersection of profitability and positive impact.

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President Chrite and Marcelo on stage

‘The Type of Leader We Hope All of Our Students Aspire to Be’

Inauguration remarks from J. Paul Condrin III ’83, P ’19 ’22, chair of the board of trustees.


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‘The Magic that Education can Bring’

Inauguration keynote address from Debora Spar, PhD, senior associate dean of business and global society at Harvard Business School.


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‘I’ve Never Known a Finer Man’

Inauguration keynote address from B. Joseph White, PhD, president emeritus of the University of Illinois.


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Inauguration Ceremony Program

Meet President Chrite

Q and A with President Chrite

How did he get into education? What's the best advice he ever received? Get to know President Chrite in this Q and A.

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What’s on the president's bookshelf?

President Chrite talks about joining the Falcon community, the opportunities ahead and that look-alike bobblehead on his office shelf.

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President Chrite welcomes Class of ’25 to Bentley

President Chrite welcomes first-year students to Bentley in this video that captures the excitement of the start of a new academic year. 

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