MCLA's Delta Mu Delta to Honor Ellen Kennedy '83 and the College's Business Students


NORTH ADAMS, MA - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will recognize the achievements of 10 business administration students and Ellen Kennedy '83, acting president of Berkshire Community College (BCC), as they are inducted into the Zeta Zeta chapter of the Delta Mu Delta national honor society on Saturday, March 31, at 10:30 a.m. in Murdock Hall room 218.

The event is free and open to the public.

Kennedy, the honorary inductee and guest speaker, joined BCC in 2008, where she has been responsible for all business-related functions, including budgeting, accounting and auditing, information technology, facilities management, campus security, food service and ancillary services.

At BCC, she has managed multi-million dollar infrastructure repairs and the deployment of ARRA funds for projects such the installation of over 1,800 roof-mounted solar arrays, the upgrade of college equipment and classrooms.

Prior to joining BCC, Kennedy served as interim COO for the National Patient Safety Foundation, formerly located in North Adams, and the director of development for WFCR New England Public Radio.

With a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from North Adams State College, now MCLA, Kennedy began her career in higher education at her alma mater serving in a variety of roles including coordinator of office services, director of administration services, chief advancement officer and president of the MCLA Foundation.

"Ellen has gone on an incredible journey, acquiring distinctive graduate educational experiences as well as ever increasing responsibilities in the world of non-profits and academia, including her years here at MCLA," said Dr. Nancy Ovitsky, business administration professor at MCLA and the faculty advisor to Delta Mu Delta. "It is with great pride that the MCLA Department of Business Administration and Economics takes this opportunity to honor Ellen for her distinguished career, including her current appointment as acting president of our sister college, Berkshire Community College."

Kennedy holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University and is completing a doctoral degree from Northeastern University.

In addition to her professional qualifications, Kennedy has a network of established relationships within the community college system and is highly regarded by her colleagues throughout the state. She serves as vice chair of the CFO community college statewide group and on the board of directors for the Berkshire Taconic Foundation.

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.

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