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The Pulsifer Family

Pulsifer Family Names Career Development Center with $2 Million Gift

Kristin Livingston

President Alison Davis-Blake announced today that Gordon ’80 and Annellen Pulsifer ’80, P ’08, ’19 have generously donated $2 million to support Career Services at Bentley. In recognition of this significant investment in the university, the office will now be known as the Pulsifer Career Development Center. 

Bentley served as an exceptional foundation for Gordon, Annellen and their sons, Brenton ’08 and Michael ’19, but it was Michael who truly bonded with and benefited from the university's Career Services team. In his senior year, Michael had several interviews and received multiple job offers. Today, he is a tax associate with CBIZ MHM, working toward his CPA. Bentley's Career Services team went above and beyond, as they do with every student, to ensure his success would continue well after graduation.

“The Princeton Review recently ranked Bentley No. 3 for career services, landing us in the top 5 in the U.S. for the seventh consecutive year. This, combined with the fact that 99 percent of our alumni are employed or attending graduate school within six months of graduation, is a huge testament to Bentley’s ability to help our students secure good jobs and thrive long after they leave campus,” said Davis-Blake. “With their gift, the Pulsifer family is ensuring that same experience is available to future generations of Falcons.”

“We are honored to make this gift to the Career Development Center — one of Bentley’s ‘crown jewels’ —and participate in the re-branding and capital improvement plan for the Center. It has been at the forefront of recognition in recent years,” said Gordon, president, CEO and founder of First Resource Companies, a real estate firm in Hanover, Mass. Annellen is president of the management division and Brenton serves as vice president on the development side.

“After having four family members attend Bentley and benefit from job placements through the Career Development Center, it was natural to want to make this investment to help current and future students find career opportunities. We hope that our contribution will facilitate and continue the great work of the staff and leadership at the Career Development Center for years to come. We also hope it will inspire other alumni to support Bentley University.”

The Pulsifers have been longtime supporters of Bentley as President’s Club members. With this gift they join the university's most distinguished circle of donors: Great Benefactors, those who have invested a total of $1 million or more.

(In the photo above: Brenton ’08, Annellen, P ’08, ’19, Michael ’19 and Gordon ’80, P ’08, ’19)