Many Forms of Leadership On Display at UMass Boston Awards Dinner

April 22, 2013

Crystal Bozek

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Leadership can take many forms.

A mayor who fights to improve quality of life for his residents. An accounting professor who sparks a love of learning in his students. A student who speaks with such conviction, you can’t help but be inspired.

The UMass Boston Undergraduate Student Government honored Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn ‘76, Professor of Finance Arindam Bandopadhyaya, and Christopher MacRae ’14 at its fourth annual Leadership Awards Dinner at the UMass Club on April 9.

The event, sponsored by the UMass Boston Alumni Association, unites student leaders with distinguished alumni and faculty, strengthening the ties between the groups and celebrating the university’s mission of service.

“The event has become an important university tradition,” Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Winston Langley said.

Students awarded Mayor McGlynn with the John Ziergiebel ’73 Lifetime of Distinguished Leadership and Community Service Award for his dedication to public service for the last 36 years.

McGlynn graduated from UMass Boston in May 1976 and was elected to the state House of Representatives that November. He has led Medford since 1988, making him the longest-serving mayor in the commonwealth.

“Please know that my days at the University of Massachusetts prepared me well to receive the lessons of life upon which leadership is developed,” McGlynn said. “For me UMass was a college with rich government and history courses. It was affordable and it was in great proximity to Medford.”

McGlynn told students and alumni that he has learned a great deal about leadership in the nearly four decades he has served.

“A leader must serve the truth, that effective decisions are not made by pronouncements or decrees but are the guides to a better future on a clear understanding of the present,” he said.

Bandopadhyaya won the Distinguished Academic Leadership and Outstanding Service to the Students of UMass Boston Award.

Bandopadhyaya is the chair of the Accounting and Finance Department at UMass Boston. He also teaches a Special Topics in Finance course, in which students manage a portfolio of client funds.

College of Management Dean Philip Quaglieri called him a “master teacher.”

Quaglieri said Bandopadhyaya develops a love of learning in his students, has a passion for inquiry that others want to emulate, and respects the opinions of others.

“You have inspired dozens of students,” he said. “Your impact will last through the ages.”

Accounting major Christopher MacRae ’14 received the Michael Ventresca ’69 Distinguished Student Leadership Award.

MacRae, a transfer student, is a junior who has served as a Beacon Ambassador, and as the accounting director for Enactus UMass Boston. He cofounded the campus’s golf club, and was elected to the Undergraduate Student Government as a senator.

“This school has provided me with a brand new start. It has given me the tools and resources to make the most out of the opportunities I have been presented,” he said.

“My professors and peers push me to reach my fullest potential and my mentors have given me honest and unbiased advice.”

Past award winners include Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Codman Square Health Center co-founder Bill Walczak, and the Honorable Sally Kelly, an associate justice with the Boston Municipal Court.