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From the President


This article originally appeared in the Bentley Magazine.

From the President

The energy and optimism that Inauguration Week inspired have only grown stronger in the weeks since. It was a remarkable time for the institution, for our many supporters, and for me personally.

Pride ran high among students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and others at the installation ceremony. It was wonderful to share the occasion with so many former colleagues at the University of Michigan, my friends and mentors Mary Sue Coleman and Jeffrey Pfeffer, and of course my ever-supportive family. I was touched by the kind words of those who represented all facets of our community, including Vicki Semanie, Class of 1986 and chair of the Global Alumni Board.


Work is already underway to move Bentley to the next level of excellence and recognition in business education.

Inauguration speakers — myself included — forecast a bright future for this university.

Indeed, work is already underway to move Bentley to the next level of excellence and recognition in business education. This fall we launched a strategic planning process designed to be inclusive, collaborative and transparent.

Over two days in late September, more than 400 faculty and staff members joined in workshops to share ideas. Participants com- posed a headline about Bentley they would want to see on the front page of, say, The New York Times. Colleagues discussed their aspirations for the university, then moved on to identify critical factors for achieving those aims. Outcomes from this exercise, including all the raw data and analysis, are now on our dedicated website. There will be opportunities for alumni to engage in this process that we’ll share in the near future. We are committed to gathering the full range of perspectives within the Bentley community, here on campus and beyond.

Our intent is to have a clear, overarching direction; a set of focused, strategic goals; and related operational tactics in place by May 2019. The goals and timetable are ambitious. But as we know, Bentley has a strong appetite for challenge, whether it’s moving a campus, remaking a curriculum or building facilities with the cutting-edge technology of the day.

Please take time to review the planning reports and latest updates at I urge you to share your own feedback and aspirations for the university at

I thank you for the warm welcome to Bentley that was Inauguration Week. Its many activities and events confirmed a fundamental truth: This community is committed to our collective future and has great ideas and enthusiasm for getting there.


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