Submitted by: Dean College
Posted: Jan 23, 2008 – 12:30 PM EST
Jan. 23 /CSRwire/ - FRANKLIN, MA – January 23, 2008 - Accenture Chairman & CEO William D. Green has donated a gift worth $1 million to Dean College, where he received an associates degree in 1974. The gift is the largest from a living donor in the college's history.
"When Bill Green and his family made the decision to give this inspiring gift to the college, they were making a bold statement about the value of a Dean education," said Dean President Paula M. Rooney. "Bill has always been an inspiration to our students, our staff, and quite clearly to the business world. He always seems to have Dean students on his mind and works diligently as a trustee and an alumnus to continue to make Dean a place where students succeed. He created such excitement and energy when he addressed our students in October - urging them to find their passion and confidence and telling them that they will go farther than they can imagine. This gift will help the College expand the mentoring and support that Bill calls the 'primary ingredient of Dean's special sauce.'"
Green, known as a leader who seeks to "educate, energize and inspire" the more than 175,000 Accenture professionals around the globe, has credited this ability and his success in large part to his start at Dean College.
"Dean is a place that takes ordinary people and provides them with a framework and platform from which to do extraordinary things," he said. "I would not have gotten to where I am without having had my start at Dean College." He said he chose to attend the college because he visited a friend at Dean and thought it seemed like a place where he could succeed.
"Dean made learning fun," Green said, citing the faculty who served as his mentors and helped him discover a passion for economics. He took his Dean success to Babson College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics and then a master's degree in business administration. In 1977, Green joined the global professional services firm that is now known as Accenture and quickly ascended the ranks, becoming a partner in 1986. He was named Accenture's CEO in 2004 and added the title of chairman in 2006.
Green served on Dean's board of trustees from 1992-1997, was re-elected to the board in 2004, and was re-elected again in 2007. He was named by the college's Alumni Association as "Outstanding Alumnus" in 1999.
"Dean knows what it does best," Green said. "The College has never lost sight of its special ability to educate and inspire young people."
With this gift, Bill Green becomes the first living donor to make a gift worth $1 million to Dean College.
Dean College, a private, residential college founded in 1865, has 1,097 full-time students pursuing associates degrees as well as bachelor's degrees in dance and arts management. Dean also offers continuing and professional education programs year-round, including associate-degree, bachelor-degree, certificate and on-line programs.
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