At a recent faculty dinner sponsored by Robert “Kuppy” Kuppenheimer ’69, speaker Robert Stansky ’78 shared his thoughts about “Maximizing the Student-Professor Relationship,” a topic he feels so strongly about that he established the Robert Stansky Distinguished Professorship. The professorship, which is awarded to a Nichols professor every two years, funds professional development, trips, conferences, and a number of other opportunities for faculty members and their students. Currently a group leader and portfolio manager at Fidelity Management & Research Company, Bob has achieved great success at Fidelity and is perhaps best known for his management of Fidelity’s Magellan fund in the late 1990s and early 2000s. We were thrilled that he came to speak to our faculty and students.
This event was part of the year-long Bicentennial Celebration. I was pleased to present Kuppy with the Bicentennial Medal in recognition of his significant contributions to Nichols. The sponsorship of the annual faculty dinner, which he started 16 years ago, is just one example of his commitment to the College. Kuppy firmly believes that it’s the faculty who truly make the difference for our students, and I agree! This event is an opportunity to recognize and thank our tremendous faculty for all they do and to have a speaker who can share valuable information with them. I think that those of us who attended would agree that the dinner and insights shared by Bob Stansky achieved that goal.