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 Chancellor's Distinguished Service Medal

Robert S. Karam Robert S. Karam '67 '91 (Hon.)

Principal, Karam Financial Group / Former Chair, Board of Trustees
Chancellor's Distinguished Service Medal

Robert S. Karam '67 '91 (Hon.) is Principal of Karam Financial Group, President of Karam Insurance Agency, and Principal of SNE Broadcasting (WHTB 1400 AM), Bristol County Broadcasting (WSAR 1480 AM) and Manager of O Journal, LLC (a Portuguese weekly newspaper). He also develops senior affordable housing developments.

Karam has served for many years as a member of the Board of Trustees, both of the University and the UMass system. He was appointed to the former Board of Trustees of Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMass Dartmouth) in 1982 and was Chairman from 1989 to 1991. Karam was appointed to the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees in August, 1991 and re-appointed in 2000, and served as Vice Chair to the Board of Trustees from 1991 to 1996. He was appointed Chairman of the Board in 1996 and served until 2000, serving as a member of the Committee on Administration, Finance and Audit.

In 1997, Karam became Chair of the Board of the UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc. He is a member of the Association of Advanced Life Underwriters (AALU), a founder of the Center for Family Business at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, a member of the National Association of Life Underwriters, Registered Representative for Guardian Investors Service Corporation, and a member of the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Karam holds professional designations as a: Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Registered Employee Benefit Consultant (REBC).

Born in Fall River, Karam graduated from Southeastern Massachusetts University in 1967 with a BA in Business Administration, and received an honorary Doctor of Business in 1991.