Thirty-one years have passed since Dr. Richard E. Wylie was appointed president of Endicott College – yet his entrepreneurial spirit, open door policy with students, faculty, and staff, and his hands-on approach to leadership, continue to shape the growth at Endicott College and inspire the local community.
Dr. Wylie was presented with the highly-coveted Luminary Award at the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce 7th Annual Business Awards held on Wednesday, February 7th. This was only the second time the Luminary Award has ever been given, the first was awarded to Beverly native and co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Pete Frates.
“Community concerns and support have been a huge part of Dr. Wylie’s legacy here in Beverly,” said Alan Temkin, President of the Board at Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce. “He has supported this community in so many ways and he continues to do so. As a resident of Beverly, I feel comfortable speaking on behalf of all residents to say thank you for your help in making it such a great community.”
Wylie is involved in the North Shore community in a variety of ways, including sitting on the boards for Beverly Main Streets and North Shore InnoVentures.
“I am honored and truly humbled by this award; it is a pleasure to contribute to the vibrancy of the City,” said Dr. Wylie. “I truly feel that Endicott’s success lies in our relationship with Beverly - in the business ties, student community service hours, visitors on campus, and dollars put back into the community around us. I appreciate each person who has contributed to this wonderful connection and want to thank the Beverly Chamber for the recognition.”
The Chamber noted that the Luminary Award will be presented to very few over the years because of its value relative to those who give, especially to others.
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