UMass Boston at 50
Bill Walczak ’79 was a 20-year-old history major at UMass Boston when he founded the Codman Square Health Center, a community-based health care and multi-service center in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood.
He served as CEO for the next three decades, stepping down in 2011, and under his leadership the center grew from two doctors to 280 employees, providing high-quality care for some of the city’s neediest residents.
Walczak, a former candidate for Boston mayor who is now a vice president at Shawmut Design and Construction, says being surrounded by professors and students with real-life experience was invaluable.
"There were so many teachers, there were so many professors who had actually experienced life, especially in the City of Boston," he says. "UMass was transformative for my life. ... I love UMass Boston."