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Tree Planting Symbolizes Inauguration Theme

A tree planting ceremony marked the second day of a week-long series of community events celebrating the inauguration of Alison Davis-Blake as the eighth president of Bentley. The tree symbolizes the inauguration theme, “A Century of Growth, a Future of Leadership.”

Workshops for Staff Kick Off Week-Long Inauguration Celebration

Bentley University kicked off a week-long celebration to mark the inauguration of President Alison Davis-Blake with a series of workshops for staff that focus on energizing co-workers and building a positive organization. “My biggest takeaway was about energizing other people,” said one staff member after participating in a workshop. “If you’re energizing others, it lifts up everyone.”

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Academic Symposium Explores the Future of Work

An academic symposium on the future of work brought together faculty from Bentley, Stanford University, Harvard Business School and MIT and provided a lively discussion for students, faculty and staff in Bentley’s Koumantzelis Auditorium.

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Alison Davis-Blake Inaugurated as President

Alison Davis-Blake, the former business school dean at the Universities of Michigan and Minnesota who has devoted her career to scholarship and teaching, was inaugurated as the eighth president of Bentley University.

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Symposium Encourages Students to Bring Positivity

A symposium encouraged students to bring positivity and energy to their relationships, whether with other students or workplace colleagues. "The only way you can learn is if you bring a positive attitude and energy to the table,” said one student participant.


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Bentley to Celebrate the Inauguration of Alison Davis-Blake

Bentley University will mark a new era with the inauguration of Dr. Alison Davis-Blake as the university’s eighth president during an installation ceremony this Friday, Oct. 19, in The Bentley Arena. The ceremony will feature a traditional academic procession, remarks from members of the Bentley community and a keynote address from higher education leader Mary Sue Coleman, president of the Association of American Universities.

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Inauguration Week in Photos

From workshops for staff to symposia for students and faculty to the installation ceremony, Inauguration Week included a series of events for the entire community to join in the celebration.

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Installation Ceremony Video

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and delegates from 56 colleges and universities around the country witnessed the inauguration of Alison Davis-Blake in the Bentley Arena, capping a week of Inauguration Week events for the entire community.

President Davis-Blake’s Inaugural Address

“It is a transformative time for higher education and also a challenging one,” said Dr. Davis-Blake in her inaugural address. “And yet, higher education has never been more important.”

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Mary Sue Coleman’s Inaugural Keynote Address

“We believe in young people and in the future,” said Dr. Coleman, the president of the Association of American Universities. “We may feel challenged, yet we have an enduring faith in the power of creating and sharing knowledge. We know ideas can, and do, change the world.”

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About the Inauguration Theme

The inauguration theme -- A Century of Growth, A Future of Leadership – marks 2018 as a pivotal moment in Bentley’s history.

We are moving from our first century (1917-2017), which saw Bentley rise from a local accounting school to one of the nation’s top business schools, into our second century, which will build on Bentley’s leading role in preparing students for rewarding careers and lives. The Inauguration Committee chose the theme to recognize this exciting time of transition between two eras.

The tree illustration complements the theme, joining the broad foundation of Bentley’s proud heritage with the promise of a bright future as the university continues to grow in academic strength and reputation. Like a tree spreading its limbs and leaves upward and outward, the sky is the limit for Bentley as we enter our second century.   

Full Inauguration Week Schedule

From symposia for students and faculty to workshops for staff, Inauguration Week included a series of events that involved the entire community in the celebration of Bentley’s eighth president.

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