When you make a gift to Bentley, it lifts every Falcon higher.

Transforming the Business of Health care.

Alumni brothers Chris and Greg Smith invest $5M, moving campaign progress to $87M

“The health care space is in a transformative period,” says Chris Smith ’91, MBA ’92, P ’19/’20 ’24, cofounder of Aspect Health, a health care real estate platform. Now is the time, he adds, to be progressive and innovative. Says Greg Smith ’91, president and CEO of the Maplewood and Inspīr senior living brands: “There is a crossover between health care and technology that was accelerated by the pandemic and it’s going to explode. Only a handful of institutions have been keeping up, and Bentley is one of them.” 

Inspired by President Chrite’s commitment to addressing real, human needs through smart business, and the timely, critical work of Bentley’s Health Thought Leadership Network (Health TLN), Chris and Greg have made a gift of $5M to the university to help grow and transform the business of health care education; give new graduates and researchers a head start in this exciting space; and make Bentley a household name in the industry.

Brother Greg Smith ’91 and Chris Smith ’91, MBA ’92, P ’19/’20 ’24

With this extraordinary investment — one of the largest by a living donor in the university’s history — they join the university’s Great Benefactors, and have pushed Be a Force: The Campaign for Bentley University to $87M of its $100M goal.

“Chris and Greg’s generosity is a bold bet on Bentley — one that I know will have a strong ROI for the university, our communities and the greater health care business landscape,” says President Chrite. “With this incredible investment, Bentley has the backing to further the Health TLN’s impressive work, to create a robust and scalable platform that will be a force for innovation and impact with renowned health care organizations in Boston, and beyond.”

Says Greg, “This is our way of making a transformative gift that we could be a part of to help Bentley, our industry and anyone who is facing the challenges of the health care system.”

Sun life supports a pioneering program that puts first-gen students first.

The Sun Life FirstGen Scholarship Fund, established with a $100,000 corporate gift from Sun Life U.S., supports two fellows for each of their four years at Bentley, including potential internships and job opportunities after graduation. The first cohort is made up of 14 students — all of whom identify as either Hispanic, Black, African American, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, chosen for their leadership potential.

Higher education is headed toward a seismic shift: “Within the coming five to 15 years, the majority of college-bound students are going to be first-generation,” says Jane Griffin, associate dean of Arts and Sciences.

How colleges handle this change will determine their future. In true tradition, Bentley is already leading the charge. The FirstGen Presidential Fellows (FGF) program, directed by Griffin — which attracts high-ability students with mentoring, networking and career development opportunities as well as a full scholarship — has garnered national acclaim and corporate support.

“Being a part of the FPF cohort has been one of the most influential experiences in my life thus far. Without this program, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. The friendships I have made, and the faculty and mentors I have crossed paths with, are all something I will carry with me forever. It’s amazing knowing I’m a part of such a wonderful group of students who come from the same background as me and who also share the same passion for business as I do.”

Teresa Vielma ’24

“Bentley’s goal to increase the diversity of their student body matches our own goals,” says Tammi Wortham, senior vice president of Human Resources at Sun Life. “And will allow us to be an impactful partner in driving change within the university as well as bringing strong, qualified candidates to Sun Life and other organizations.”

It’s rewarding talent with opportunity — and ensuring the next generation of business leaders is helmed by Bentley graduates making a true impact.

Students celebrating at Commencement

Scholarships that move Falcons forward… 

The Steven P. ’73 & Christine ’73 Manfredi Finish Line Grant Fund has helped 85 students make it to graduation — and into the wider business world.

…and honor those who’ve left an indelible mark.

The Robert J. ’66 and Muriel D., MST ’99 Schadee Endowed Scholarship Fund was created with a generous $1 million gift by Muriel to honor her husband Bob, who passed away in 2018.

Student writing on blackboard

liberty insures talent for the future of business.

Woman leading group discussion

What does it mean to be an authentic, inclusive and informed leader? How do you close the gender confidence gap? How do you effectively address unconscious bias? These are big questions — asked on a near-daily basis at Bentley, thanks to a defining partnership with Liberty Mutual Insurance.

In 2017, the Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business (CWB) joined forces with the insurance giant to strengthen young women’s leadership and education. With a generous $1 million grant, Liberty Mutual became the founding partner of the CWB’s Women’s Leadership Program (WLP). WLP leaders benefit from unique workshops, experiential learning and courses in leadership, negotiation, gender intelligence and more — plus, special mentoring and visits to organizations where women thrive.

In May 2021, the first cohort of WLP leaders tossed their caps in the air and headed into the workforce and graduate school, a confident step ahead of their peers.

“The Women’s Leadership Program was one of my most meaningful involvements at Bentley. It made me so much more confident, and really helped me come out of my shell to realize who I can be as a leader and as a woman in the workforce. It’s an incredible program.”

Kailey Sullivan ’21

A new gift of $250,000 has ensured the WLP program will continue for years to come, and that Liberty Mutual — and the greater business world — will benefit from an even stronger force of insurance leaders.

Badavases build on longstanding Bentley traditions.

Group discussion in Badavas Center

“Can business…?” is a question students have been asking — and answering — thanks to spark sessions in the Robert P. and Kalliope Badavas Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. The center, made possible by a gift from former Chair of the Board of Trustees Bob Badavas ’74 and his wife Kally, furthers Bentley’s history of delivering a high-quality business education integrated with the arts and sciences. As the higher education landscape evolves, the center has allowed Bentley to explore new curricular, co-curricular and non-degree and executive education experiences to maximize what the university offers students and to expand its reach.

Pulsifers champion centers that go above and beyond.

Falcons flock to Bentley because they know the ROI on their degree is unmatched — that’s thanks in no small part to the Princeton Review’s #1 Undergraduate Career Services program: our Pulsifer Career Development Center.

Group of professional students working together

For years, the legacy of Bentley’s career services has been unmatched, with 97% to 99% of students in a job or graduate school within six months of graduation. Gordon ’80 and Annellen Pulsifer ’80, P ’08 ’19 generously donated $2 million to the center, ensuring that generations of students have access to the best services available — and that the business world benefits from their unique expertise.

Bentley served as an exceptional foundation for Gordon, Annellen and their sons, Brenton ’08 and Michael ’19, but it was Michael who truly bonded with and benefited from the university’s Career Services team. In his senior year, Michael had several interviews and received multiple job offers. Today, he is a vice president at First Resource Development Company. Bentley’s Career Services team went above and beyond, as they do with every student, to ensure his success would continue well after graduation.

“We are honored to make this gift to one of Bentley’s ‘crown jewels.’ We hope our contribution will facilitate and continue the great work of the staff and leadership — and that it will inspire other alumni to support Bentley.”

Gordon Pulsifer ’80, P ’08 ’19
Trustee, Bentley University
President, CEO and Founder, First Resource Companies

The Pulsifers have been longtime supporters of Bentley as President’s Club members. With this gift they joined the university’s most distinguished circle of donors: Great Benefactors.

Be a force for Bentley today.

Contact a gift officer to explore how you can set your generosity in motion — you might not realize just how far your support will go.