Alumni Achievement Awards celebrate four grads, finance faculty member
The annual Bryant University Alumni Achievement Awards honored alumni for their outstanding contributions to their professions, communities, and to Bryant University at a dinner during Alumni Achievement Day on March 27.
The 2015 recipients are:
- Brian Terkelsen ’86, CEO, MediaVest
- John Galvin ’91 MBA, Executive Vice President of AAA Northeast
- Rita Williams-Bogar ’76, President and CEO of Personal Development Solutions, L.L.C
- Brian Willinsky ’99, Public Relations Director for PerkinElmer, Inc.
In addition to the alumni recipients, Professor of Finance Jack Trifts, Ph.D., received the Distinguished Faculty Award.
“Our mission at Bryant is very simple,” says President Ronald K. Machtley. “It’s to educate and inspire students to discover their passion and become innovative leaders of character that make a difference around the world. This group has certainly accomplished that.”
Terkelsen received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. One of the top marketing executives in the United States, Terkelsen has guided many of the world’s leading corporations to branding success including American Honda Motor Company, Coca-Cola, and Walmart.
“This is a wonderful honor to receive this award,” Terkelsen says. “I am grateful to those who thought of nominating me.” With this year’s award, Terkelsen became the first alumnus to have received both the Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Young Alumnus Leadership Award.
Galvin was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Graduate School of Business. He credits Bryant’s MBA program with “being instrumental in helping me understand the importance of cross-departmental teams in accomplishing organizational goals.”
“I am thrilled and humbled by this recognition,” Galvin says. “I have enormous respect for Bryant. I recommend it to anyone who will listen to me.”
Williams-Bogar received the Nelson J. Gulski Service Award. She served Bryant as a trustee for nine years and now is a member of the National Alumni Council. Williams-Bogar helped organize the first Multicultural Reunion in 2007, speaks to student leaders, has been a panelist at the Women’s Summit®, sponsored the President’s Cup Golf Tournament, and co-hosted alumni events in New Jersey.
“I credit Bryant for helping me out of my shell,” Williams-Bogar says. “When I started here, I was incredibly shy. Now, I do public speaking for a living.”
Willinsky was honored with the Young Alumnus Leadership Award, which honors an alumnus who graduated within the last 15 years. In addition to his work for PerkinElmer, a global, publicly traded provider of equipment and services to help improve human and environmental health, Willinsky has been a leading advocate for ovarian cancer research.
“I am highly honored to receive this award and be in the company of so many others who have achieved so much in their professional career and in their personal and community endeavors,” says Willinsky.
A popular professor and former Dean of the College of Business, Trifts received the Distinguished Faculty Award in part for frequently engaging alumni to return to campus to Bryant to evaluate student projects and share their expertise.
“I am grateful to join a tremendous group of faculty who have been honored before me,” he says. “I am also grateful for what the alumni do for the students at this university. When they engage with the students, it allows the students to see the passion the alumni have for their careers.”