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Gloria C. Larson

Former President of Bentley University President in Residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education New England
Gloria C. Larson

Ms. Larson served as President in Residence in the Harvard Graduate School of Education from July 2018-June 2019. Until her retirement in 2018, Ms. Larson served as the President of Bentley University since July 2007 and was the first woman to hold this position. Ms. Larson formerly served as the Co-Chair of the Government Strategies Group at the law firm of Foley Hoag LLP from 1996 until 2007 and managed a practice that covered a broad array of federal, state and local regulatory and business development issues. Widely influential in economic policy, Ms. Larson was Secretary of Economic Affairs for The Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1993 to 1996 and was responsible for developing and promoting economic growth policies and fostering employment opportunities. She served as The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Secretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation from 1991 to 1993, where she was responsible for regulatory oversight of banking, insurance and energy, as well as consumer protection. Prior to her state service, she oversaw business and regulatory issues at the federal level as a senior official with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where she served as Deputy Director of Consumer Protection from 1990 to 1991 and as Attorney Advisor to Commissioner Patricia P. Bailey from 1981 to 1988. Ms. Larson has been honored and recognized by many groups for her contributions to state economic development policy and her commitment to civic engagement. Ms. Larson previously served as a member of the Council of Economic Advisors, as well as the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Commonwealth’s Successful Women, Successful Families Task Force. Ms. Larson has served as a member of the Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) Presidents’ Trust and is a former member of the Executive Committee of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. She served for more than a decade as Chair of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), and was the first woman to serve as Chair of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, where she continues to serve on the Chamber’s Executive Committee. Ms. Larson presently holds the post of President of the Massachusetts Conference for Women. In addition, she is a board or advisory council member of several prominent professional, charitable and civic organizations. Ms. Larson currently serves as on the board of Unum Group, chairing Unum’s Governance Committee. She was recently elected to the McLean Hospital Board of Trustees.  Ms. Larson previously served as a director on the boards of KeySpan Energy and RSA Security, as well as a member of the board of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.  Ms. Larson’s deep ties in the Massachusetts community, as well as her expertise in public company matters, and in the regulatory oversight of banking and the financial services industry bring great value to the Board’s oversight and guidance of the Company as it continues to focus on its strategic goal of becoming a premier banking, wealth management and trust company.

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