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From President Davis-Blake

'I Raise My Voice with so Many of Yours and Say, Black Lives Matter'

June 5, 2020

President Davis-Blake's message to the community about George Floyd. 
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'We Must Stand Up Against Intolerance and Injustice'

May 31, 2020

"Many people of color across this country endure prejudice, intolerance, bias and bigotry every day," writes President Davis-Blake in a message on racial injustice. 
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President Davis-Blake Congratulates the Class of 2020

May 16, 2020

President Davis-Blake and Provost Blancero officially confer the degrees of the Class of 2020.  
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A Note from President Davis-Blake on Gratitude in Challenging Times

May 13, 2020

President Davis-Blake shares a note on supporting the Bentley community and the importance of gratitude in challenging times.
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President Davis-Blake Honored for Promoting Inclusion in Higher Education

May 11, 2020

The president was inducted into the 2020 Hall of Fame of the Red Shoe Movement, which is dedicated to career and leadership development for women.
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President Davis-Blake Explains the New Trimester Schedule

May 1, 2020

The president is joined by Provost Donna Maria Blancero and Dean of Students Andrew Shepardson in a "Town Hall" webinar over Zoom in which they explain the new trimesters, talk about the university's plans for the fall, and answer questions from undergraduate students and parents.
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President Davis-Blake and Provost Blancero Contribute to Fund to Help Students Impacted by COVID-19

April 17, 2020

Inspired by the examples of their parents, the president and provost will donate 10 percent of their salary to assist students in need due to the crisis.
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Congratulations to Hall of Fame Inductee Coach Stevens

April 4, 2020

President Davis-Blake shares the news that Coach Barbara Stevens has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
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A Message from the President on Commencement 2020

March 30, 2020

Commencement is such an important part of the college experience. President Davis-Blake shares the updated plan for this year's ceremony with the Class of 2020.
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A Message from the President on COVID-19

March 15, 2020

President Davis-Blake recognizes how much COVID-19 has disrupted the semester and shares her support for students.

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Introducing our New Provost

Feb. 13, 2020

Dr. Donna Maria Blancero has been an asset to the Bentley community for a decade. Today, President Davis-Blake announces her appointment as provost and vice president for academic affairs.  

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When Community Matters the Most

Feb. 7, 2020

After a memorial service to celebrate the life of Max Evensen '20, President Davis-Blake emails the Class of 2020 about supporting one another through difficult times.

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Welcome to the Spring 2020 Semester

Jan. 13, 2020

As Bentley begins the spring 2020 semester, President Davis-Blake welcomes students back and shares her thoughts on the importance of community on campus. 

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President Davis-Blake Remembers Max Evensen '20 

Dec. 16, 2019

This has been a difficult weekend for all of us at Bentley as we have grieved the unexpected passing of Max Evensen '20, a bright student, talented athlete, wonderful friend, loving son and caring brother. 

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President Davis-Blake's Thanksgiving Message 

Nov. 25, 2019

There's plenty to give thanks for on campus this holiday season. In her annual note, President Davis-Blake shares some of what she is most thankful for this year.

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President Davis-Blake Speaks on LGBTQ Advocacy

Oct. 28, 2019

During Bentley's annual Rainbow Luncheon, President Davis-Blake welcomed the guests and remarked on the importance of advocating for LGBTQ inclusion on campus and beyond. 

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AGB Op-Ed: Allies in Innovation 

Sept. 23, 2019

In this article, featured in the Sept./Oct. 2019 issue of AGB's Trusteeship Magazine, President Davis-Blake discusses the importance of partnering with trustees and donors to launch innovative initiatives on campus. In doing so, President Davis-Blake explains how colleges and universities need to find their niche in the higher education market to remain successful.       

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President Davis-Blake Welcomes the Class of 2023

Aug. 21, 2019

At the 2019 Convocation Ceremony, Bentley welcomed the newest members of our community and their families to campus. During the ceremony, President Davis-Blake encouraged incoming students to remain open to new opportunities as they embark on their college journey.    

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President Davis-Blake's Message Following the Tragedies in Texas and Ohio 

Aug. 5, 2019

Over the weekend our nation was struck by two senseless acts of violence that left 31 people dead and many more injured. As updates have come in, I’ve struggled to find the words to express how deeply saddened I am by these tragic acts.  

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President Davis-Blake's 2019 Commencement Remarks

May 18, 2019

President Davis-Blake addresses the Class of 2019.

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President Davis-Blake Announces This Year’s Commencement Speakers 

March 19, 2019

Ronald O’Hanley, president and chief executive officer of State Street Corporation, will be the undergraduate speaker. Robert E. Quinn, Margaret Elliot Tracy Collegiate Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, will be the graduate speaker. 

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President Davis-Blake's Message After the Terrorist Attack in New Zealand

March 15, 2019

Today we woke to another senseless act of violence, the murder of dozens of people worshiping at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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President Davis-Blake Announces Michael Johnson-Cramer as the New Dean of Business

Jan. 28, 2019

I’m pleased to announce that Michael Johnson-Cramer, D.B.A, the founding director and former interim dean of the Freeman College of Management at Bucknell University, has been named as the new Dean of Business and the McCallum Graduate School at Bentley. 

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President Davis-Blake Announces the Dr. Earl L. Avery Scholarship Program

Jan. 31, 2019

On Tuesday, students, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Bentley’s 33rd annual luncheon.

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President Davis-Blake Announces Christopher Joyce to Lead Strategic Communications

Jan. 7, 2019

In June, I announced the creation of a new Division of Strategic Communications running out of the President’s Office to ensure that the university’s communications are clear, coherent and aligned with our strategic goals.

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President Davis-Blake's Statement After the Death of Business Ethics Pioneer Michael Hoffman

Dec. 7, 2018

I’m saddened to tell you that Dr. W. Michael Hoffman, the founder of Bentley’s Center for Business Ethics, a national pioneer in the field of business ethics, and a beloved member of the Bentley community for 44 years, has died.

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President Davis-Blake's Election Day Message to the Community

Nov. 6, 2018

We are all responsible for fostering an atmosphere where political and other views can be freely voiced and debated. Let us recommit ourselves to that effort beginning today.

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President Davis-Blake's Message After the Tragedies in Pennsylvania and Kentucky

Oct. 29, 2018

As we extend support, hope and healing to those in Pennsylvania and Kentucky, I ask that we extend tolerance and an open mind to those in our own communities who hold different political views, belong to different groups or come from different backgrounds.   

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Highlight Video of President Davis-Blake's Inauguration

Oct. 23, 2018

Dr. Alison Davis-Blake, the former business school dean at the Universities of Michigan and Minnesota, was inaugurated as the eighth president of Bentley University on Oct. 19, 2018. 

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News Story: Alison Davis-Blake Inaugurated as Bentley's Eighth President

Oct. 19, 2018

Dr. Davis-Blake's inauguration ceremony was attended by students, faculty, staff, alumni and other members of the extended Bentley community. 

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The Path Forward: President Davis-Blake's Inaugural Address

Oct. 19, 2018

Here at Bentley, right here and right now, we have the exciting chance to imagine what the future of leadership in business and in society can be, and to create business-focused education for the next generation of leaders.

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Higher Ed Leader Mary Sue Coleman's Keynote Address at the Inauguration of President Davis-Blake

Oct. 19, 2018

Dr. Coleman, the president of the Association of American Universities, called Dr. Davis-Blake "a new leader perfect for the opportunities that await Bentley." 

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