Great Bay Community College Hosts Annual Distinguished Leaders Reception

08/28/2015 by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH - Great Bay Community College will host its fourth annual Distinguished Leaders Award fundraiser in support of student scholarships on October 8 at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel in New Castle, NH.  Each year, the reception serves to celebrate the relationship between the College and its external community partners. This year’s, the College will honor achievements within the Insurance industry in the Seacoast Area.  Co-hosts include David Hampson, President  & CEO of Willis Programs,  Paul Forte, President & CEO of Long Term Care Partners, and Community Chair Renee Plummer, SVP of Marketing at Two International Group in Portsmouth.  Both Willis Programs and Long Term Care Partners have developed programs in partnership with Great Bay that help train and provide a highly-skilled workforce for the Insurance industry.

 “Both Willis Programs and Long Term Care Partners recognize our ability to provide a pipeline of a skilled workers, for a variety of positions” said Arvelo.  “Our Certificate program, developed in partnership with Willis Programs, serves to introduce students to the insurance field as well as offer an opportunity to earn recognized certifications.  In addition, our many other programs including Accounting, Business, Information Systems Technology, Marketing, and Nursing, benefit companies like Long Term Care Partners by providing graduates ready to enter the insurance field and qualify for jobs within an industry that has many entry level opportunities.”

This year’s Distinguished Leaders event will feature Maurice R. Greenberg, retired Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG) and current Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc.   Under his leadership, AIG became the largest insurance and financial services company in the world.  Greenberg currently serves on the President’s Council on International Activities of Yale University, Honorary Vice Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, Vice Chairman of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and a member of the Board of the US-China Business Council.  He is also the past Chairman and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and is active on the boards of many other civic and charitable organizations working in the United States and Asia.

In 2014, GBCC raised close to $398,000 in support of student scholarships.  One hundred and twenty-nine students received over $150,000 in the 2014-15 academic year. Two hundred thousand dollars in funds will be disbursed in the 2015-16 academic year.  According to Arvelo, 90% of GBCC students are New Hampshire based.  Over 75% of these students request financial assistance in order to make their education and long-term goals a reality.

“We want our students to be able to come to Great Bay without the worry of accruing a high amount of debt,” states Will Arvelo, President of Great Bay Community College.  “Tuition and the cost of books and supplies can sometimes get in the way of a person saying ‘yes, I’m going to get an education and improve my skill set.’  By raising these funds each year, we are able to offer them substantial scholarships that help to alleviate that stress.”  For more information on the event, or to inquire about sponsorship, please visit or contact Joan Belladue, Assistant to the President at Great Bay Community College, at (603) 427-7602.