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Bentley University President E. LaBrent Chrite walks with students

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From President E. LaBrent Chrite

President Chrite's 2022 Commencement Welcome

May 16, 2022

President Chrite welcomed the Class of 2022 and their families and friends to commencement for the first ceremony on campus in three years.

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In Solidarity with Buffalo

May 16, 2022

President Chrite shared a note of support and solidarity for those impacted by the shooting in Buffalo. 

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Exceptionally Grateful to be Your President

April 7, 2022

Following the two-day ceremony, President Chrite shared his thanks with the Bentley community for making his inauguration special. 

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‘Bentley’s Bold Bets for the Future’

April 7, 2022

In his inauguration address, President Chrite shared his vision for the future of Bentley University as a global leader in shaping and educating the next generation of thoughtful, innovative leaders. 

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The Inauguration of President Chrite

April 7, 2022

On April 6, the Bentley community celebrated the inauguration of Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite as the ninth president of Bentley University. More than 1,400 students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, friends of the university and representatives of other colleges joined together to celebrate the inauguration during the official installation ceremony in the Bentley Arena.

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President Chrite Shares an Update on the Next Phase of the Strategic Positioning Process

March 30, 2022

President Chrite announced to the community that the strategic positioning process has advanced to its next phase thanks to the thoughtful participation of hundreds of faculty, staff and students.  

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President Chrite Announces the Return of Commencement to Campus

March 10, 2022

President Chrite shared with the Class of 2022 and soon-to-be graduates of the McCallum Graduate School of Business that commencement would return to an in-person event on campus for the first time since 2019. 

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Academic Affairs Leadership Update

March 3, 2022

President Chrite shares an update with the Bentley community regarding Donna Maria Blancero's departure as provost and plans for the future leadership of Academic Affairs. 

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A Statement in Support of Ukraine

March 2, 2022

President Chrite shares a message with the Bentley community in support of Ukraine and those impacted by the Russian invasion and recent crisis.

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A Campus Update on Institutional Equity

Feb. 16, 2022

President Chrite shares an update with the Bentley community on new initiatives aimed at addressing racism, discrimination, bias and gender-based inequity on campus.

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President Chrite Welcomes Students to the Spring 2022 Semester

Jan. 24, 2022

As the spring semester begins, President Chrite welcomes students back to campus and reflects on their continued resolve and commitment in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A Holiday Message from President Chrite

Dec. 22, 2021

As he celebrates his first holiday season at Bentley, President Chrite talks with students and professors about the resilience of our community during an incredible year. 

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Announcing the Provost Search Committee

Dec. 17, 2021

President Chrite shares the members of the Provost Search Committee and provides an update on the process for finding Bentley's next academic leader.

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Advancement VP Maureen Flores to Join BSO

Dec. 14, 2021

President Chrite announces that Vice President for University Advancement Maureen Flores will depart Bentley to work at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

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Thank You for the Strategic Positioning Feedback

Nov. 19, 2021

President Chrite shares the data and feedback shared by students, faculty and staff in the first four engagement sessions hosted by the university to provide input for the strategic positioning process. 

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Donna Maria Blancero to Step Down as Provost

Nov. 16, 2021

President Chrite announces that Provost Donna Maria Blancero will step down in June 2022 and return to teaching at Bentley. 

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No Place for Sexual Harassment or Assault

Nov. 1, 2021

President Chrite recommits to being a community that rejects sexual harassment, discrimination, assault or misconduct of any kind. 

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Strategic Positioning Process Next Steps

Oct. 7, 2021

President Chrite shares next steps with faculty and staff on the strategic positioning process, as well as the new strategic positioning website. 

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A Plan for Bentley's Future

Sept. 28, 2021

President Chrite shares an update on the upcoming strategic positioning process and invites community members to join the planning process.

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Waltham News Tribune'A Year of Black History' series begins  

Sept. 21, 2021

President Chrite is part of the Waltham Public Library's upcoming series celebrating ''A Year of Black History.'' This story features a Q & A previewing his talk on ''The Important Role and History of HBCUs.'' 

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Announcing Bentley's New Chief Information Officer

Sept. 13, 2021

President Chrite shares an update on new leadership for Bentley's Division of Information Technology. 

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Strategic Planning Town Hall Invitation

Sept. 9, 2021

President Chrite shares an invitation for faculty and staff to join an upcoming "Town Hall" to discuss the upcoming strategic planning process. 

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Bentley is Back (video)

Sept. 8, 2021

From Move In Day and Convocation to the first football game of the season, this video captures the excitement of the new year with narration from President Chrite's first convocation speech as the university's new leader. 

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Back to Business

Sept. 7, 2021

President Chrite's message to students, faculty and staff to start the new academic year.

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'We Expect Great Things from You'

Sept. 2, 2021

President Chrite welcomes new students to Bentley at the convocation ceremony in the Bentley Arena.

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Vaccination Requirement for Faculty and Staff

July 27, 2021

President Chrite announces that faculty and staff will join students in being required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect the campus community.

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New York TimesHistorically Black Colleges Finally Get the Spotlight

July 18, 2021

President Chrite offers insight for this article which highlights that, despite the recent influx in donations, some HBCUs are still struggling to survive.

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A Busy First Week

June 3, 2021

Scenes from President Chrite's first few days on campus.  

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Q and A with President Brent Chrite

June 1, 2021

Best advice you've received? Most interesting place you've visited? Learn more about Bentley's ninth president in this question and answer story. 

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'Ready and Eager to Get to Work'

June 1, 2021

President Chrite's message to students, faculty and staff on his first day as Bentley's ninth president. 

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Video: 'I'm Excited about What We Can Build Together'

June 1, 2021

President Chrite walks out his front door and onto campus, meeting with students and touring the campus on his first morning as Bentley's president. 

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Boston Globe: Bentley Names First Black President

March 17, 2021

Bentley announces experienced higher education leader Brent Chrite will be the university's next president. 

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Boston Business Journal: Bentley University Names First Black President

March 17, 2021

President-elect Brent Chrite discusses his appointment as the ninth president in Bentley's 104-year history. 

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Waltham News Tribune: Waltham's Bentley University Names New President

March 17, 2021

Bentley's appointment of Brent Chrite as president-elect is featured. 

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The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: The First Black President of Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts

March 22, 2021

 The announcement of Brent Chrite as the next leader of Bentley University is highlighted.
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Bentley Names E. LaBrent Chrite its Ninth President

March 17, 2021

The university's board of trustees voted unanimously in favor of Dr. Chrite, the president at Bethune-Cookman University and former dean of the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, following a nationwide search and with input from Bentley students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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