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New Alumni Association President Nelson Begins Term, Board Recognizes McLaughlin’s Accomplishments

Posted July 2, 2007

mclaughlinchair.gifMat Nelson ’93 officially began his three-year term as Alumni Association president on July 1 after serving as vice president for a year. He succeeds Dan McLaughlin ’96, whose “impact and accomplishments on the Board have certainly positioned us for continued excellence in the coming years,” says Nelson.

In recognition of McLaughlin’s years of dedication and service, Nelson presented him with a Western New England College chair (pictured) on behalf of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Alumni Relations office, and the alumni population. The presentation took place at the Board’s June 14 meeting. “It has been a thrill to be involved with my Alumni Association for the past 11 years,” says McLaughlin, a human resources compensation analyst at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

McLaughlin’s involvement with the Alumni Association began with his experience as an Alumni Trustee shortly after he graduated from the College. He was also a representative in the Alumni-in-Admissions program, an Advancement Committee member, Golf Committee member, Boston Alumni Chapter chair, and vice president of the Alumni Association.

McLaughlin, who was presented with the Alfred A. LaRiviere Award for Outstanding Service to the Alumni Association Board of Directors in April, calls his involvement with the Alumni Association a “tremendous journey,” having met “so many fascinating people, been involved in many exciting experiences, having gained a wonderful perspective on my alma mater.” He points out, however, that he will “not be completely fading off into the sunset. I will be around as immediate past president to offer insight and advice and serve the president as he sees fit.”

Nelson, the director of international at MetLife in Hartford, CT, is a former Alumni Association Nominating Team Committee chair and a former member-at-large. “I am supremely confident,” says McLaughlin, “that this Association will continue to thrive and grow under the leadership of Mat Nelson.”


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