Lawrence A. Bossidy, chairman and chief executive officer of AlliedSignal, Inc. and one of the nation's most acclaimed corporate leaders, will deliver the keynote address and become the inaugural recipient of the President's Medal for Excellence at the Eighth Annual Boston College Tribute Dinner in New York City on April 18.
Expected to draw over 1,000 alumni, parents and friends of Boston College - and raise over $1 million for the Presidential Scholars Program - the black-tie gala will be held in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
University President J. Donald Monan, SJ, will present Bossidy with the first President's Medal for Excellence, created to honor individuals who have distinguished themselves through personal or professional achievements which exemplify the ideal proclaimed in the University's motto, "Ever to Excel."
Lawrence A. Bossidy
The dinner will be chaired by University trustees John Farrell Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of North American Mortgage Co., and Salvatore Trani, president and chief executive officer of Garban Corporates. It is sponsored by the Wall Street Council, which is co-chaired by two University trustees - Richard Syron, chairman of the board of the American Stock Exchange, and Peter Lynch, trustee of Fidelity Group of Funds and vice chairman of Fidelity Management and Research Co.
A graduate of Colgate University, Bossidy led the efforts of the US business community to secure congressional approval of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993. The following year, he was named CEO of the year by Financial World magazine. Among the nine children of Bossidy and his wife, Nancy Jo, are two Boston College graduates: Pamela '83 and Michael '92.
Before joining AlliedSignal, which has provided Boston College with grants for the Chemistry Department and student financial aid, Bossidy served in a number of executive and financial positions with General Electric Co., which he joined as a trainee in 1957. He was chief operating officer of the company's credit corporation from 1979 to 1981, executive vice president and president of the services and materials sector from 1981 to 1984, and vice chairman and executive officer from 1984 to 1991.
Bossidy is a director of Merck & Co. and Champion International Corp.; a member of the Business Council, the Business Roundtable and the international council of J.P. Morgan and Co.; and a trustee of the Tri-County Scholarship Fund.
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