Global Alumni Board
The Bentley University Alumni Association, of which all 65,000 undergraduate and graduate alumni are members for life, seeks to engage alumni in a meaningful and mutually beneficial lifelong relationship. Beginning in 2012, the Global Alumni Board (GAB) was introduced as the overseeing body and includes representatives from all over the world. The GAB is dedicated to ensuring a two-way conversation between alumni and the university, as well as advancing the myriad ways all Bentley graduates can engage at all stages of their lives and careers.
Since 1955, the Bentley University Alumni Association has warmly welcomed Falcons to the fold from the moment their degrees are in hand. As Bentley has changed from a school to a college and now to a prestigious university, so has our Alumni Association — aligning itself with the university’s mission to meet the needs of our ever-expanding global community.
GAB serves as a strong, supportive voice for our community. Each year, GAB recognizes select Falcons for their outstanding commitment to Bentley and the world: The Harry C. Bentley Alumni Achievement Award honors graduates in a reunion year who reflect the tenets of Bentley University’s founder, and the Emerging Alumni Leader Award honors a graduating senior.
Chair: Chuck Coppa ’85, Chelmsford, Mass.
Cody Lauren Aguirre Clearwater ’08, Philadelphia, Pa.
Ken Foo ’99, MSF ’01, San Francisco, Calif.
Lakeya Graves ’11, Stamford, Conn.
Joseph Hark ’14, MSA ’15, Pendleton, S.C.
Guilda Hilaire ’00, Dedham, Mass.
Lisa Hurley ’86, MSF ’93, Lynnfield, Mass.
Christos Kalogeropoulos, MBA ’91, Chalandri, Athens, Greece
Desiree Mieses Llavat ’91, MBA ’97, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Danielle Parsons ’05, MST ’06, Babylon, N.Y.
Ney Omar Peralta, Jr. ’10, Woodcliff Lake, N.J.
Keith Singletary ’96, New Rochelle, N.Y.
Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis, with terms beginning in July. All Bentley alumni, undergraduate and graduate, are eligible to hold a seat on the Global Alumni Board. Board members serve a two-year term (with a review after the first year), and can serve up to three consecutive terms.
Responsibilities and Expectations
- Provide guidance and feedback on university initiatives designed to engage alumni in a meaningful, lifelong relationship
- Participate in monthly conference calls with full board and staff representatives
- Attend two Global Alumni Board retreats (typically in October and May, in conjunction with Commencement)
- Make an annual gift to the Bentley Fund at the President’s Club level
Emerging Alumni Leader Award
The Emerging Alumni Leader Award is presented to a single graduating senior during Commencement Weekend in recognition of the student’s cumulative acts and contributions over their time at Bentley. The Global Alumni Board (GAB) recognizes how this student leader’s activities and behavior reflect their potential to be an esteemed and involved member of the alumni community. This award focuses on four pillars: confidence, conscientiousness, drive and engagement.
Nomination and Selection Process
Each March, nominations are solicited from the senior class as well as all faculty and staff via email.
Award and Ceremony
The award is presented by the Global Alumni Board chair during Commencement Weekend.
Anjela Maravilla ’21
Casey Hutnyan ’19
Shalini Chandrakanth ’18
If you are interested in taking a leadership role, please send a note to Bridget McShane at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-891-2028.