DUDLEY, Mass.—Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump will speak Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, at Nichols College. Her talk, which starts at 6:30 p.m., will focus on public leadership, management, accountability in government, and the strides women have made—and the challenges they still face—in business and politics. The Nichols College Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL) is sponsoring the event, which is open to the public. It will be held in Davis Hall Room 205-207 on the Nichols campus, 124 Center Road.
“My office plays an important role to ensure public institutions work with accountability and transparency. Today, women have more opportunities than ever to be a leader in government, but work remains,” said Bump, who is the Commonwealth’s 25th auditor and the first woman to serve in this role in the state’s history. “I look forward to speaking with students and staff of Nichols College about my experiences as a woman in this field, and how those experiences shape my work to build trust in government.”
Prior to her 2010 election, Bump served in former Governor Deval Patrick’s cabinet as secretary of labor and workforce development and represented the town of Braintree for eight years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In the private sector, she worked as a business advocate, legal counsel, and sat on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations including the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and St. Francis House.
“We are thrilled to welcome State Auditor Suzanne Bump to the Nichols campus,” said Nichols College Professor Jean Beaupré, faculty director of the IWL, which—through campus initiatives, industry partnerships, research analysis, and thought leadership—focuses on the issues and challenges impacting women in business. “The Auditor’s office plays a vital role in state government, and she is the first woman elected to lead it in Massachusetts. We hope our students will be inspired by Auditor Bump’s long career in public leadership.”
Auditor Bump chairs the Municipal Finance Oversight Board, serves on the board of the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission, the Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System, the Executive Committee of the National State Auditors Association, and is a past president of the Association of Governmental Accounting’s Boston Chapter. This year, she was appointed to serve on the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Domestic Working Group to advise the Comptroller General. A native of Whitman, Bump attended Cardinal Spellman High School and is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University School of Law. She lives in Great Barrington.
Nichols is a college of choice for business and leadership education as a result of its distinctive career-focused and leadership-based approaches to learning, both in and out of the classroom. The College serves students interested primarily in a comprehensive business education that is supported by a strong liberal arts curriculum. In the past year, it has introduced several new degree programs: communication, criminal justice, and integrated marketing communication. Emphasis on practical, experiential learning is key at Nichols, with its pioneering Professional Development Seminar program.
Lorraine U. Martinelle
Director of Public Relations
123 Center Road
Dudley, MA 01571