Board of Trustees

Becker College is governed by a 20-member Board of Trustees. As a collective body, the trustees hold the authority and responsibility to ensure the fulfillment of the College’s mission and are ultimately responsible for the college’s fiscal health. The board selects and appoints the president and approves policy, while operations and management of the College are vested in the president.

Full Board Meetings: 2013-2015

Friday, October 18, 2013 (Annual Meeting)
Friday, February 21, 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014  (Annual Meeting)
Friday, February 27, 2015
Friday, June 5, 2015

Arthur P. (Jay) DiGeronimo Jr.-Chairman

President of the Board of Trustees, DiGeronimoYear of Initial Appointment – 2005

Jay graduated from Clark University, magna cum laude, with a degree in political science, and received his Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center. He clerked for the Honorable Judge Donald R. Grant of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1977. He was president/CEO of Victory Supermarkets from 1981 until its sale in 2004. He is currently president and CEO of Wavelengths Pro Audio, LLC. For the past 24 years, Jay has served as a trustee for Health Alliance Hospital. Additionally, Jay has served as chair of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, chair of the United Way of North Central Massachusetts, co-chair of the Health Alliance Capital Campaign, and is a past recipient of the Dr. Robert H. Goldman Community Service Award. His hobbies include playing guitar in his classic rock band, Neurotic Gumbo, croquet, golden retrievers, model railroading and flying. He lives in Leominster, Mass., with his wife, Gretchen.

Peter Rowden-Vice Chairman

Trustee, RowdanYear of Initial Appointment – 2007

Peter Rowden serves as corporate vice president of manufacturing operations at Hologic Corporation in Marlboro, Mass. He attended Leicester High School and The Choate School prior to earning his B.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his MBA from Nichols College. Peter served as chair of the Becker College Board of Trustees Governance Committee. Peter and his wife, Catherine, live in Groton, Mass., and have two children, Erica and Spencer.

George Isaac, CPA-Treasurer

Trustee, IsaacYear of Initial Appointment – 2005

George received his B.S.B.A. from Clark University and earned certified public accountant designation by passing the uniform CPA exam. George is on the board of directors and Audit Committee of Commerce Bank & Trust in Worcester. He is also on the board of directors and chairman of the Audit Committee of Pro-Dex, Inc., a NASDAQ listed company located in Irvine, Calif. George enjoys reading, playing golf and watching sports. He lives in Worcester with his wife, Donna. They have four children, two of whom are still in college, and two grandchildren.

John H. Budd-Secretary

Trustee of Becker College_John BuddYear of Initial Appointment – 2011

John received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Iowa.  He relocated to Worcester in 1966 after serving three years as a captain in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  Since 1998, John has been of counsel with the Worcester-based law firm of Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP.  Prior to joining the firm, John was senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of the Paul Revere Companies for 21 years and a staff attorney for 10 years prior.  His professional and community affiliations include: member and former president, Association of Life Insurance Counsel; former chair, board of directors, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; trustee, UMass Memorial Health Care; chair and former campaign chair,  United Way of Central Massachusetts Investment Committee; campaign co-chair, Friends of Rogers-Kennedy Restoration; and commissioner, City of Worcester Civic Center Commission.  John and his wife, Dawn, live in Worcester and are the parents of three children and have eight grandchildren.

Robert A. Bernstein

Trustee, BernsteinYear of Initial Appointment – 2006

Robert A. Bernstein is the chairman and CEO of Bay State Strategies Group, LLC. His educational background includes the Bancroft School, Franklin & Marshall College, and Georgetown University Law School. Robert and his wife, Kristen, and their two children, Carly and Charlie, live in Richmond Hill, Ga.

P. Scott Conti

Trustee, ConteYear of Initial Appointment – 2006

Scott received his B.S.C.E. in civil engineering  from Norwich University.  He is currently president and director of Providence and Worcester Railroad Company.  His leadership spans a range of organizations including the New England Railroad Club, the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Worcester Business Development Corporation, and KIWANIS. Additionally, Scott serves as assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America. He and his  wife, Jeanne, have one son, Peter, and live in  Marlborough, Mass.

Mary DeFeudis

Year of Initial Appointment – 2011DeFeudis

Mary is an investor, philanthropist, and volunteer. Her philanthropic and volunteer interests are concentrated in areas that benefit children, cancer research, and bettering the Central Massachusetts community. She has served on the board of directors and given her support to several human service, educational, and cultural institutions, and she has been widely recognized for her advocacy and support. Mary has served as the chair of the board of directors for the University of Massachusetts Memorial Foundation, and is currently chair of the UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Development Council; as a member of the board of directors of the American Red Cross, she funded the Mary C. DeFeudis Training Center in Leominster, Mass., which provides health care training for the unemployed and underemployed; and she is a founding member of the Hanover Theatre of the Performing Arts. She has two children, Gino DeFeudis and Elizabeth Giguere.

John E. Graham, CPA, C.V.A.

Trustee, GrahamYear of Initial Appointment – 2008

John received his B.A. from Clark University, his M.S. from the University of Vermont, and his M.Ed. from Worcester State.  He is currently managing partner at Graham Shepherd Certified Public Accountants and Consultants.  In addition to chairing Becker’s Institutional Advancement Committee, John has served as president for a range of organizations, including Arts Worcester, Leicester Business Association, and the Worcester Club.  John is also a member of the Diocese of Worcester Expansion Fund and a corporator of the Worcester Art Museum and the Greater Worcester Community Foundation.  John also serves as a corporator at Leicester Savings Bank and Bay State Savings.  He was treasurer of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce and a board member of Worcester Tennis Club, Worcester Economic Club, and Bay State Savings Bank Charitable Foundation.  John and his wife, Geri, live in Paxton, Mass., and have three children, Rachel, Sean, and Rebecca.

Daniel Halsey, CFA

HalseyYear of Initial Appointment – 2013

Daniel is vice president and chief financial officer in the Personal Lines division at Hanover Insurance Group. An accomplished financial executive, his career has included positions at the former BankBoston (now Bank of America) and the Liberty Mutual Group. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University of Rhode Island, a master’s degree in finance from Bentley College, and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

David Jordan, DHA, MPA

JordanYear of Initial Appointment – 2013

David is president & CEO of Seven Hills Foundation, a healthcare and human services network operating in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and in seven developing world nations. He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Rhode Island; a master of arts degree in special education from Salve Regina University; a masters of public administration from Clark University; and received his doctorate in health administration (DHA) from the Medical University of South Carolina. He has served as an adjunct professor at Clark University in the Graduate School of Management (GSOM) and College of Professional and Continuing Education (COPACE). Clark University named David its “Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence,” and the Clark GSOM further named him as their “Executive–in-Residence for Social Change.” He is also an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina where he teaches a course on Strategic Change Management and lectures on healthcare policy. In 2007 David was named by the Worcester Business Journal as one of the “Top 15 Entrepreneurs in Central Massachusetts.”

Deborah T. Kochevar, DVM, Ph.D., DACVCP

Year of Initial Appointment – 2013Kochevar

Deborah is the Henry and Lois Foster Professor and Dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, MA. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree from Rice University, a D.V.M. from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She served as an NIH National Research Service Award Fellow from 1984-86. She also spent a year in Washington, DC, as a Congressional Science Fellow to the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. She is a diplomate and past president of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology and is active in the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), having chaired its Council on Education and the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates. She served as the president and chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and is now serving as past-president. Deborah has published in peer-reviewed research and teaching journals, and has won numerous teaching awards, including the Student American Veterinary Medical Association National Teaching Award in Basic Science. Her non-profit board service includes the Consortium for Conservation Medicine, Cummings Foundation, Inc., Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, Sea Research Foundation, and Massachusetts Society for Medical Research. She is also a director on the corporate board of Charles River Laboratories International, Inc.

Andy Mazur imageAndrew Mazur, '72LJC

Year of Initial Appointment – 2014 

Andrew Mazur, of Longmeadow, is owner of Carpets Plus of Connecticut, LLC, and a 1972 graduate of Leicester Junior College. Prior to his Board appointment, Mazur was a longtime member of Becker’s Alumni Board (he served as its president from 2008-11). Mazur was also one of the ’72 Becker alumni MVPs who helped break ground on the new gym located on the Leicester Campus.

Before starting his business in 2001, Mazur served as an adjunct professor at Springfield College; general manager and limited partner of Meadows Racquet Club; and director of site operations at Grove Property Services. In addition to his associate’s degree in business administration from Becker, he received a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State College (1974) and an M.Ed. from Springfield College (1977).

Joy J. McHugh, '55

Trustee, JoyYear of Initial Appointment – 2007

Joy is currently enjoying retirement after a teaching career in Waterbury, Conn., and as vice president of Royal Screw Machine Co.  She is a graduate of Becker College and Southern Connecticut State University. Her experience includes authoring several children’s books, serving on the boards of Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, Conn., and Pelican Bay Women’s League in Naples, Fla.  Joy is chairman of golf tournaments at the Country Club of Naples, Fla., and secretary of The Grove Beach Association in Clinton, Conn.  She and her husband, John, currently reside in Cheshire, Conn.

Michael O'Brien imageMichael V. O’Brien

Year of Initial Appointment – 2014

Michael V. O’Brien, who received an honorary degree from Becker College in 2013, served as Worcester’s city manager from 2004 until his hiring at WinnCompanies—an award-winning national real estate development and property management company—in January 2014. As executive vice president, O’Brien is responsible for corporate management, strategic planning, and financial and client relationships at WinnDevelopment and WinnResidential.

During his tenure as city manager, O’Brien supported and improved: the range and options of housing; economically and socially diverse neighborhood; strong infrastructure systems including road and rail connections; and an urban public school system second to none. Under his leadership, Worcester had one of the most aggressive economic development agendas in the Commonwealth. Major construction projects included the $563 million CitySquare development in downtown, a $30 million DCU Center renovation, and a multi-million-dollar Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University (MCPHSU) campus expansion. In addition, O’Brien advocated for the $11 million Worcester Regional Transit Authority headquarters in Washington Square and was instrumental in bringing JetBlue Airways to the Worcester Regional Airport.

Prior to his appointment as city manager, O’Brien served as Worcester’s Commissioner of the Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Department. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1988.

Frances E. Polito, '68

Trustee, Fran PolitoYear of Initial Appointment – 1996

Fran received her associate’s degree from Becker College in 1968, and a B.S. in business from Worcester State College and a master’s degree in health-care administration from Clark University in 1983. She was employed as a health care administrator/executive at the Fallon Clinic in Worcester for 24 years and at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston for 2-1/2 years. Fran is a life member of the Medical Group Management Association (National & State) and is a certified medical practice executive in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. She currently serves on the board of directors of Seven Hills Foundation.

Daniel Prouty, '71LJC

Trustee, Dan ProutyYear of Initial Appointment – 2008

Daniel Prouty graduated with his A.S. from Leicester Junior College in 1971, and earned his B.A. from Nichols College in 1975. He currently serves as CEO and partner for Millyard Industrial Properties. Daniel is also director of the Oxford Business Association and committee chair of the Kennebunkport Open Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, Maine, and East Bear Island Conservation Association in Meredith, N.H. Daniel lives in Charlton, Mass., with his wife, Marilyn. They have two daughters, Michaela and Elisabeth and a son-in-law, James Gilbride.

Christopher P. Provo

Trustee, Chris ProvoYear of Initial Appointment – 2007

Chris is the president/CEO of Provo Financial Services, Inc. He received his B.A. in history and political science from the University of New Hampshire, his C.R.P.C. from the College of Financial Planning, and his R.F.C. from the International Association of Registered Financial Consulting.  He is an alumni class agent for St. John’s High School and an avid golfer and member of the Worcester Country Club. He and his wife, Pamela, live in Shrewsbury, Mass., with their son, Teddy.

Richard Pyle, Ph.D.

Trustee, Dick PyleYear of Initial Appointment – 2006

Dr. Pyle received his B.A. in physics from the University of Louisville, his MBA from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Massachusetts. He is a former board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester and the Manufacturing Assistance Center. He currently serves on the board for the Worcester Salvation Army and the Worcester Youth Center. Dr. Pyle’s present professional involvement includes oversight of some commercial real estate properties in Worcester, while serving on one for-profit board. An advocate for health and fitness, Richard enjoys running, tennis, cycling, golf, and kayaking. He lives with his wife, Marla, in West Boylston, Mass. His family also includes daughter, Kerry, and son-in-law Chuck; son Mark, and daughter-in-law, Neha; stepdaughters, Vanessa and Tiffany Maykel; and four grandchildren.

Brian Thompson imageBrian W. Thompson

Year of Initial Appointment – 2014

Brian W. Thompson joined Commerce Bank in 2004 as president and chief executive officer, and is director of Commerce Bank & Trust Company and Commerce Bancshares. Under his leadership, Commerce Bank has been recognized as one of the top performing banks in New England. During his tenure, the bank has added four new retail offices, growing the company’s total to 16 offices. Assets have increased to nearly $2 billion under Thompson’s management, and the bank has become the leading SBA lender in Central Massachusetts.

Thompson is a member of several committees and boards, including the United Way of Central Massachusetts, the Worcester Economic Club, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, Worcester Regional Research Bureau, and the Massachusetts Bankers Association. In May 2012, he received the Boy Scouts of America Character Counts Award, and in May 2014, he was presented with the Action Hero Award from the Worcester Community Action Council.

Prior to joining Commerce Bank, he served as president and chief operating officer for First Essex Bancorp from 1996 until its acquisition by Sovereign Bancorp in 2004. He also worked for Finest Financial Corp. and its subsidiary, Pelham Bank and Trust Company; Peoples Bancorp and Peoples Bank of Worcester; and Shawmut National Corporation. Thompson earned his undergraduate degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College, and an MBA from Western New England College.

Sarah H. Williams

Year of Initial Appointment – 2002

Sarah is a graduate of Bradford College and is the owner/founder of Treasure Hunt Farm. She is also a founder and trustee of the Treasure Hunt Farm Foundation. Sarah’s various involvements have included: Board of Overseers at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, board member and treasurer of Washburn House, and secretary of the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts. Currently, she serves as an honorary board member (director) of Girls, Inc. She has also been involved with the Worcester Animal Rescue League and has experience teaching dog obedience, showing dogs in obedience trials and showing horses in hunter classes. Sarah has two step-children, five step-grandchildren and ten step-great-grandchildren.

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