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 Luis Pedroso

Commencement Honorary Degree Recipient pedroso Doctor of Business Administration

A graduate of Lowell High School, Luis Pedroso was president, chief executive officer and sole shareholder of Qualitronics, a contract electronics manufacturing services company with $25 million in yearly sales, until its sale in 2000. Mr. Pedroso returned to the electronics industry in 2002 as co-founder and president of Accutronics, Inc. in Chelmsford, MA.

A civic leader dedicated to promoting education in the Portuguese community, Mr. Pedroso was the largest private donor to the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/ Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The Chair, named in honor of his immigrant parents, brings distinguished scholars from all over the world to lecture on varied topics of importance in Portuguese studies.

Mr. Pedroso is now a member of the Advisory Board of the UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and has also been an active supporter of Middlesex Community College in Lowell. His commitment to education has led him to create the Portuguese American Scholarship Fund, an endowed fund for Lowell High School graduates of Portuguese descent administered by the Greater Lowell Community Foundation where is he a founding member and current board member.

In addition to his commitment to education, Mr. Pedroso continues to support many social and cultural programs including the Holy Ghost Society, St. Anthony's Parish in Lowell, the Senior Center for Portuguese elders administered by the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, Spindle City Corps, a community service program for Lowell youth and many others.

Mr. Pedroso and his family immigrated to California in 1969. In 1973, Mr. Pedroso and his family moved to Massachusetts.