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Champions of Service


Champions of Service

The Global Alumni Board (GAB) recently commended three alumni and a graduating senior for their exceptional service to Bentley and the world.

President Gloria Cordes Larson presented the Harry C. Bentley Alumni Achievement Award to James Maguire ’63 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 have helped support the strategic initiatives of the university. His work as a Yawkey trustee has helped to 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 Bentley University strives to instill in its graduates and values in its alumni,” says Vicki Vassalotti Semanie ’86, chair of the GAB.

That sentiment also extends to Steve ’73, P’10 and Chris ’73, P ’10 Manfredi, recipients of the GAB’s Award of Distinction.


Being a member of the Bentley alumni community ... is about being an active advocate for the ideals of higher education and creating an even better Bentley than what we leave behind.

Shalini Chandrakanth ’18

Known across Bentley for his immeasurable impact while chair of the Board of Trustees, Steve was recognized for the generous amounts of time, wisdom and support given for the success of the university, as well as serving on numerous committees that affect the life of the institution from all corners. “He is the truest Bentley ambassador,” Semanie says, “building his alma mater’s reputation, strengthening the community and ensuring the university is one of the nation’s premier business schools.”

As an industry leader, Chris was also commended for her professional work, as well as her invaluable contributions to the life of Bentley: namely, the success of the Women’s Leadership Institute Advancement Council and the Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women in Business. “Humble and sincere, she has been an enthusiastic champion whose energy has made our community stronger than ever,” says Semanie. Above and beyond these qualities of service is the Manfredis’ financial 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 Managerial Economics and Management major is now an Incoming Analyst at JP Morgan Chase & Co. But before she left campus, she made an indelible mark as a peer mentor, ambassador and advocate for initiatives close to her heart: gender equity, multi-culturalism, Greek life, volunteerism and a safe, positive campus space.

Of her continuing legacy of service, Chandrakanth says: “Being a member of the Bentley alumni community, I believe, is more than just coming to Homecoming and supporting Bentley from a distance. It is about being an active advocate for the ideals of higher education and creating an even better Bentley than what we leave behind.”


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