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Champions of Service
The Global Alumni Board (GAB) recently commended three alumni and a graduating senior for exceptional service to Bentley and the world.
President Gloria Cordes Larson presented the Harry C. Bentley Alumni Achievement Award to James Maguire ’63 (pictured above) at the Reunion Weekend Rally on Saturday, June 2. As a trustee of the Yawkey Foundations, Maguire has been a critical champion for Bentley in securing grants that not only reflect his personal interest — access to higher education and community service — but also advance strategic initiatives of the university. His work has helped guide the foundation to its current standing as one of the most important philanthropic institutions in New England.
Upon receiving the award, Maguire was humble and humorous, singing lines from musicals that fit the occasion and acknowledging his family for their support.
“Jim’s professional success and willingness to share his time, wisdom and expertise vividly illustrate the qualities that Bentley University strives to instill in its graduates and values in its alumni,” said Vicki Vassalotti Semanie ’86, chair of the GAB.
That sentiment extends to Steve ’73 and Chris ’73 Manfredi, P ’10, recipients of the GAB’s Award of Distinction.
Being a member of the alumni community ... is about being an active advocate for the ideals of higher education and creating an even better Bentley than the one we leave behind.
Shalini Chandrakanth ’18
Known across Bentley for his significant impact as chair of the Board of Trustees, Steve was recognized for his generous commitments of time, wisdom and support. This includes serving on numerous committees that helped shape the institution from all corners.
Semanie called him “the truest Bentley ambassador, building his alma mater’s reputation, strengthening the community and ensuring the university is one of the nation’s premier business schools.”
Chris Manfredi was commended for professional success in management consulting and invaluable contributions to life and learning at Bentley. In particular: her work on behalf of the Women’s Leadership Institute Advancement Council and the Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women in Business.
Crediting the alumna as humble and sincere, Semanie noted: “She has been an enthusiastic champion whose energy has made our community stronger than ever.” Above and beyond these qualities of service is the Manfredis’ support as Great Benefactors, the most generous group of donors to the university.
Following in their footsteps is Shalini Chandrakanth ’18, recipient of the Emerging Alumni Leader Award. The former Managerial Economics and Management major is an analyst at JP Morgan Chase & Co. During student days, she made an indelible mark as a peer mentor, ambassador and advocate for initiatives close to her heart: gender equity, multiculturalism, Greek life, volunteerism and a safe, positive campus environment.
“Being a member of the alumni community means more than attending Homecoming and supporting Bentley from a distance,” she said. “It is about being an active advocate for the ideals of higher education and creating an even better Bentley than the one we leave behind.”
Bentley was also named No. 1 for Highest Freshman Retention Rate, No. 3 for Most Innovative Schools and No. 4 for Best Undergraduate Teaching among the regional universities in the “2019 Best Colleges” report.