MCLA'S Delta Mu Delta to Honor Sheila Keator, Business Students


NORTH ADAMS, MA - NORTH ADAMS, MA - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will recognize the achievements of 29 business administration students and local businesswoman Sheila Keator as they are inducted into the Zeta Zeta chapter of the Delta Mu Delta national honor society on Saturday, April 9, at 10:30 a.m. in Murdock Hall room 218.

The event is free and open to the public.

Zeta Zeta, the MCLA chapter of Delta Mu Delta, was chartered in 1992. Delta Mu Delta recognizes and rewards scholastic achievement in business subjects and promotes scholarship in training for business.

Keator, the honorary inductee and guest speaker, is the founder and a partner in the Keator Group, an investment company in Lenox, Mass., with more than $400 million in assets. In this capacity, she devotes her time working with clients to help them define and achieve business and investment objectives.  

 "Sheila Keator has been a great friend to MCLA for many years," said Dr. Nancy Ovitsky, business administration professor at MCLA and the faculty advisor to Delta Mu Delta. "We appreciate and value her deep understanding of the importance of public higher education and the ways that public institutions serve students, faculty and the community.

"Through her work and leadership with the Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA) she helped to strengthen the connections between academic and co-curricular programs at institutions statewide," Ovitsky continued. "These connections are especially vital at MCLA where they support our role as the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college. We are thrilled that Sheila continues to share her experience and professionalism with us as an advisor to our Professional Master of Business Administration program."

For 11 years, Keator was a board member and served as treasurer and vice chair of the MSCBA, the agency that oversees planning, financing and construction of student housing, and student activity facilities for the state university system.  

In her MSCBA role, Keator was instrumental in helping campuses across the state improve and expand student facilities. Through this work, she helped to strengthen the connections between academic and co-curricular programs, an essential component of MCLA's role as the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college, according to Ovitsky.  

Keator continues her affiliation with the College as a member of the advisory board for MCLA's Professional Master of Business Administration program. 

In 2004, Keator was named to Research magazine's Women's Winner's Circle of top-ranked Women's Advisors in America. She also was recognized as one of Barron's Top 100 Financial Women in 2006, 2007 and 2008. A graduate of The College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, Mass., she went on to receive her certificate of finance and accounting from the Wharton School of Business.  

Founded in 1913, Delta Mu Delta was established to recognize and reward superior scholastic achievement by students of business administration.  In 1963, it was admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies, an organization of 68 member national honor societies whose purpose is to maintain desirable standards.  

Delta Mu Delta is affiliated with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Business and Programs. In the United States, 155 Delta Mu Delta chapters have been formed in fully accredited public and private colleges with a total membership of over 78,000. Since 1992, MCLA has inducted more than 500 members into its local chapter. 

For more information, go to majors/businessadministration/businesshonorsociety.