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Student Profile: Tyler Kenney - Blazing His Own Trail

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“Learn. Lead. Succeed” may serve as the motto for Nichols, but it also fits the present career and future ambitions of senior Tyler Kenney to a T.

Kenney made no secret of his commitment to those three imperatives when he sat down to talk, wearing a jacket emblazoned with the Nichols “Emerging Leaders’’ logo. And he was quick to point out the growth of the iconic program, which runs from sophomore through senior year and combines a host of activities, appearances by guest speakers, community service, and leadership opportunities on campus and beyond.

“Last year’s graduating class had about 30 members. My class has 40, and the classes behind ours have even more,” he said. “Each year, we have a leadership summit that’s always changing. Last year it focused on diversity, and there are always new workshops and different community service opportunities.”

Kenney has made the most of his leadership training, using his skills in the Student Alumni Society to help classmates plan campus events, from the original ideas to the nuts and bolts.

Planning and producing events runs in the family, Kenney revealed. “My dad’s company helps produce concerts,” including the well-known, three-day Boston Calling Music Festival, which this year will feature groups such as the Foo Fighters and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

As a Sport Management major, Kenney is seeking to blaze his own trail, working with major sports events. “The transition from music to the sports area is challenging, but I already have good experience,” he explained. “I know what to expect and I’ve seen the back side of producing events, but I want to branch out. I want to establish who I am and make a name for myself.”

Along those lines, Kenney did an internship last summer at sports marketing firm KBK Sports, based in Nashua, New Hampshire. “I’m debating whether to go into the marketing side or into operations for an arena or a sports team,” he said.

Kenney is also blazing a trail as captain of the one-year-old Nichols Track and Field team, for which he runs the 100-yard and 4 x 100 relay events. “I feel like we’re a very successful team,” he observed. “We won the Commonwealth Coast Championship last year. We stick together and do what it takes to bring home championships.”

About Nichols College

Nichols College 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, and through impactful research and professional education. Students thrive in a learning and living environment that is supported by an experiential business curriculum and a strong liberal arts foundation aimed at transforming them into tomorrow’s leaders. Nichols also offers master’s degrees in business, leadership, accounting, and counterterrorism, as well as a range of certificate programs, to promote career advancement for today’s professionals.