Leadership Weekend at UMass Dartmouth October 1-2

Leadership Weekend at UMass Dartmouth October 1-2 Events to include ribbon-cutting for new Charlton College of Business building, honoring of past presidents/chancellors, UMass leadership dinner celebration

Leadership Weekend at UMass Dartmouth October 1-2 
Events to include ribbon-cutting for new Charlton College of Business building, honoring of past presidents/chancellors, UMass leadership dinner celebration 

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will continue its year-long celebration of the campus’ 40th anniversary on October 1-2 with a series of events focused on the various forms of leadership that have built the campus into an 8,300-student engine of economic and cultural activity. 

The highlights include the grand opening of the new Earle P. Charlton College of Business, made possible by a $3 million gift from the Charlton Family Trusts; and the return to campus of four past leaders of the campus: Southeastern Massachusetts University presidents Donald E. Walker and John R. Brazil; and UMass Dartmouth Chancellors Joseph C. Deck and Peter H. Cressy. 

The four leaders, each of whom have held several major leadership positions throughout their career, will join current Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack for a panel discussion on leadership, which will be moderated by UMass President Jack M. Wilson. They will then be honored at a dinner celebration. 

“Our campus has come a long way very fast in its first 40 years, and this is our opportunity to recognize those leaders – from the Charlton family to former campus chief executives -- who have nurtured this noble enterprise and positioned it for ever greater contributions to the region over the next 40 years,’’ Chancellor MacCormack said. 

Last week, the University unveiled the Wall of Scholarship, featuring the scholarly and creative leadership of the faculty. 

The schedule of Leadership Weekend events is as follows: 

Friday, October 1 

  • The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Earle P. Charlton College of Business building, 11 a.m.
  • Panel discussion on leading large, complex, rapidly evolving organizations. UMass President Jack M. Wilson will moderate. Current Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack; past leaders Donald E. Walker, John R. Brazil, Joseph C. Deck, and Peter H. Cressy will participate. Library browsing area, 1:30 p.m.
  • Ribbon-cutting of Leadership Walkway which will honor past leaders of the Dartmouth campus and the final leaders of its predecessor institutions. Between the library and administration building, 3:30 p.m.
  • Presidents’ Reception and Dinner. Friends of UMass Dartmouth will gather in the newly renovated resident student dining hall to celebrate the campus’ 40-year tradition of innovation through leadership. Tickets $125 with proceeds going to a new faculty development initiatives. 6 p.m. RSVP at 508.999.8760


Saturday, October 2 

  • Alumni Awards Breakfast at the MacLean Campus Center, South Alcove at 10:30 a.m. RSVP Nancy Tooley x8031. Receiving the following awards: University Service, Chemistry Professor Dr. Bal Ram Singh; Personal Achievement, advertising firm owner Elizabeth M. Isherwood ’80; Alumni Service, William C. McGowan ’82; Alumni Employee, Assistant to the Chancellor Joyce LeBlanc ’89
  • Presidents’ New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Reception, at the UMass College of Visual and Performing Arts, Star Store, downtown New Bedford, 6 p.m. RSVP 508.999.8004. Followed by NBSO concert at the Zeiterion Theater, 8 p.m. For concert tickets, call NBSO 508.999.6276

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