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Between the Lines

Written by: 
Susan Simpson, Editor

It’s rare to see best practices play out in real time. But that was the case during a recent workshop for Bentley faculty and staff. We came together as part of the university’s strategic planning initiative, which President Alison Davis-Blake describes in her message.

Our table of seven had professors and administrators; women and men; experts in accounting, IT, academic programming and marketing; employees of more than 25 years and barely two weeks. This diversity boosted the quality and quantity of ideas for Bentley’s future that we brought back to the larger group. It was a push-past-your-comfort-zone exercise, but ultimately energizing to see the university through a different lens. In other words: outcomes to gladden the heart of any business thought leader.

This issue’s cover story captures some of the energy and momentum coursing through campus this fall. The inauguration of our eighth president engaged faculty, students, staff and alumni in celebrating Bentley history and future. Look for highlights on pages 10 to 15 of the print issue and find the full report at

A second feature widens the lens from Waltham, focusing on two alumni with ties to South Sudan and the wider refugee crisis. These are stories of loss and hope, setback and triumph, affectingly told by writer Kristin Livingston. We are grateful to Manyang Kot Mangar ’10 and Carlos Carrazana ’85 for sharing their experiences. And, as always, we thank you for reading.

Susan Simpson