8th Annual Worcester Business Breakfast

On June 3, Nichols hosted and sponsored the 8th annual Worcester Business Breakfast. It has always been our most well-attended event because so many Nichols alumni stay in the area and contribute to the economic, civic, and social initiatives that drive central Massachusetts. This year, we were especially pleased to include the entire business community.

The morning’s program featured two panelists who are leaders by any definition, Keith Anderson ’81 and William Glavin Jr. Currently chief investment officer of Anderson Global Macro, Keith distinguished himself in the investment world when he founded BlackRock, Inc., the world’s largest money manager.  Bill Glavin Jr. currently serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Wall Street’s iconic OppenheimerFunds, Inc. Nicole Lapin, former anchor at CNN and CNBC, served as moderator.

The event also gave us an opportunity to reinforce our mission to be a college of choice for business and leadership education, through the introduction of a new logo and tagline. This new look will appear in our advertising, our publications, and letterhead. When you see it, I hope you will think about how Nichols fosters leadership. We are very appreciative to Keith and Bill for offering their valuable time and knowledge.

Recognizing a leader in another area, I was pleased to announce a $5 million commitment to Nichols by John Davis, a 1972 graduate of Nichols and a member of our board of trustees since 1981. A gift of this magnitude will keep us strong, vital and competitive as we undertake new capital projects, such as the new academic building and major renovations to our athletic facilities. This gift, along with gifts from other generous donors, will advance our mission, fuel our vision, and position Nichols for its next century of transforming today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.  The college community is grateful to John and our other donors for dedicating themselves to Nichols and our plan for the future.

Encouraging Grads to ‘reap the seeds they plant’

During Nichols commencement ceremony on May 10, I had the distinguished honor of sending our new graduates off into the world as they begin the next stage of their journey in life. The class of 2014 has inspired us as we have watched them grow and develop into confident young men and women during their four years at Nichols.

During my speech, I reminded them that they were able to rise to a level of achievement that many of them were not sure they could accomplish when they arrived. Collectively and individually, they achieved some amazing statistics. It is estimated that our graduates collectively delivered 11,940 presentations. This class also donated approximately 400 hours of community service through athletic teams. And, our peer tutors provided over 850 hours of assistance to their classmates.

One quote by author Robert Louis Stevenson seemed to fit the occasion, and I encouraged graduates to consider the advice, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” As our graduates plant new seeds, I encouraged
them to keep in touch with their Nichols roots. We hope they will keep us informed – text us, tweet us, tell us how the next chapter of their Nichols story is unfolding. And to remember that no matter how far our bison roam, they will always be welcomed home on the Hill.