Charles Desmond receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Charles Desmond ( '92 Ed.D.) was presented the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award at the Massachusetts State House in April. This is the most prestigious award conferred by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association upon its alumni, faculty, staff and friends. These awards are presented to those individuals who have translated their UMass Amherst experience into distinguished achievement in their field of endeavor, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to the university.

Desmond was appointed chair of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education in 2008 by Governor Deval Patrick. The Board oversees the goals, needs and requirements of delivering higher education programs, as well oversight of spending plans and a statewide tuition program. Prior to this role, he served for seven years as executive vice president of the Trefler Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities and success for Boston's urban youth. He also worked for 30 years at UMass Boston, his final role as associate chancellor for school/community collaboration.

View a slideshow of the 2011 awards being presented at the State House on April 13, 2011.

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