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Former NH Speaker of the House and banking industry giant to receive honorary degree at Regis Commencement 2014

March 4, 2014

Regis College President Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN, has announced that Donna P. Sytek ‘66 is scheduled to give the College’s commencement address on May 10 and to receive an honorary degree from Regis. Marshall Sloane, Founder and Chairman of Century Bank in Medford, will also receive an honorary degree.

Sytek was elected to the New Hampshire State House of Representatives in 1977 and served for 23 years. During that time she chaired several major committees, including Judiciary, Ways and Means, and Criminal Justice and served two terms as Speaker of the House (1996-2000), then becoming Chairwoman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. Sytek is credited with the passage of major legislation in New Hampshire, including truth in sentencing, establishment of the Department of Corrections, unified court system, and tort reform. She authored amendments to the state constitution on limiting abuse of the insanity defense and dedicating sweepstakes revenues to education and has a continuing interest and involvement in state policy on criminal justice, substance abuse treatment, and access to public data. Currently Donna Sytek serves as director and past chairman of the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies, a non-partisan think tank; vice chair of New Hampshire Catholic Charities, one of the state’s largest social service agencies; and as chairwoman emerita of the Vesta Roy Excellence in Public Service Series, a political leadership training program for women. Last spring she was recipient of the Union Leader’s Granite State Legacy Award. In October the NH Business and Industry Association presented her its Lifetime Achievement award.

A strong believer in social involvement and service, Marshall Sloane has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to building community. He is a trustee of Suffolk University, trustee emeritus of Boston University, and serves on the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America.

“Donna Sytek’s commitment to political life and service reflects the values of a Regis liberal arts education,” said President Hays. “Donna graduated with a degree in biology and worked as a medical technologist before making the career change into politics. Our graduates will benefit from hearing about her professional experience and the positive social change that resulted.”

“I am honored to be receiving an honorary degree from my alma mater,” said Sytek. “My education at Regis gave me both the judgment and communication skills to successfully engage in major social and political decision-making, as well as many fond memories of my time as a student. The values instilled in me by the Sisters of St. Joseph have stayed with me during my career in the public and nonprofit sectors.”

“For decades, Marshall Sloane has committed himself in the areas of social service, health care and education, and Greater Boston is better for it,” said Hays.

“I am pleased to be honored by Regis College, whose values of excellence and service to the good neighbor have distinguished it in areas I consider vital to human well-being,” said Sloane.

Regis expects to graduate 600 students across a spectrum of degrees ranging from the associate of science to the baccalaureate to the master’s to the doctorate. About 2000 graduate students and undergraduates are enrolled at the small university and historical liberal arts college 12 miles outside Boston. Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, Regis has provided cutting edge higher education to the region and the nation since 1927.

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