Stuart Reese, Tenley Albright To Speak at Commencement Reese, Leo Hoar To Receive Honorary Doctoral DegreesApril 25, 2008
Stuart H. Reese, chairman, president and chief executive officer of MassMutual
Dr. Tenley E. Albright, Boston surgeon and winner of the 1956 Olympic gold medal in figure skating
Rev. Leo James Hoar, associate Roman Catholic campus chaplain
Reese will also receive an honorary doctor of humanics degree, an honor that Albright received in 1995. Also receiving the honorary degree will be Rev. Leo James Hoar, Springfield College’s associate Catholic chaplain, who has served the college since 1984.
Springfield College has, historically, awarded honorary degrees to a few outstanding individuals who, by their character and accomplishments, personify the college’s guiding philosophy, humanics. The philosophy emphasizes the dedication of spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others.
Reese rose to his current position at MassMutual after serving as executive vice president and chief investment officer, responsible for the management of the company’s General Investment Account and as a key advisor on the company’s overall business strategy. He also held various leadership positions at several MassMutual subsidiaries, serving as chairman and chief executive officer of Babson Capital Management LLC, chairman of Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC, and as a member of the board of directors of Oppenheimer Acquisition Corp.
Reese joined MassMutual in 1993, coming from Aetna Life and Casualty Company in Hartford, Conn., where he served as vice president and managing director, Capital Markets, overseeing the management of all external funds.
Currently, Reese serves on the boards of directors of the American Council of Life Insurers, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. In addition, he serves on the boards of trustees for Gettysburg College and the Massachusetts Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, and is chair of the Advisory Board for the LRN-RAND Center for Corporate Ethics, Law, and Governance.
A graduate of Gettysburg College, Reese earned his MBA with high distinction at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, where he was an Edward Tuck Scholar.
Albright is the founder and director of collaborative initiatives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also a lecturer in the program of surgery at Harvard Medical School (HMS), where she has previously been a clinical instructor in surgery. There, she co-founded the Hollis L. Albright, M.D. ’31 Symposium, which annually highlights new scientific initiatives at HMS.
With a special interest in research, Albright serves on the board of directors of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, and on the leadership board of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT. She is a member of the boards of directors of Research! America; and the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine. She also serves on the American Cancer Society’s Research Allocations Committee – “Pay If,” New England, and is a member of the corporation of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Additionally, she is a member of the boards of directors of West Pharmaceutical Services, the State Street Corporation, and State Street Bank and Trust Company, and is chair of Western Resources, Inc.
A graduate of Radcliffe College and Harvard Medical School, Albright has received eight honorary degrees and is a member of six athletics halls of fame.
Hoar became the founding director of Springfield College’s United Campus Ministry and Spiritual Life Center when it was reorganized in 2000, and stepped down following a medical leave in 2006. In 2003, he was selected to receive Springfield College’s Cheney Award in recognition of his service to the college and community and commitment to the college’s mission.
Over the years, Hoar has led many programs addressing social problems and poverty. At Springfield College, he involved students, alumni, and staff members in missions to Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and the Bronx. Earlier in his career, he founded an alcohol and drug program, High in Life and Love, for Chicopee youth. He co-founded the Holyoke Urban Ministry Association, reaching out to the unemployed, immigrants, and the poor.
A graduate of St. Anselm College and Catholic University of America, Hoar was ordained in 1966 as a priest for the diocese of Springfield. He earned his master’s degree and certificate of advanced graduate studies from Springfield College and his doctorate in counseling and humanistic psychology from the University of Massachusetts.
At its 122nd commencement, Springfield College will award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, certificates of advanced study, and physician assistant certificates.