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Businessman John McAvoy and WWII vet Alvin Mann to receive honorary degrees at upcoming Mount commencement

May 05, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Commencement announcement

John McAvoy, chairman, president, and CEO of Consolidated Edison, Inc., will be the keynote speaker at Mount Saint Mary College’s 54th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20. He is seen here discussing business ethics at last year’s 43rd annual Northeast Business and Economics Association Conference.

 

Mount Saint Mary College will recognize hundreds of bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates during the 54th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20.

The college will confer an honorary doctor of humane letters upon commencement speaker John McAvoy, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Consolidated Edison Inc., for his role as an outstanding business leader and his long-standing commitment to communities across New York State.

In addition, Alvin Mann, a 94-year-old World War II veteran and retired businessman, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters in recognition of his dedicated service to his country and his commitment to lifelong learning.

John McAvoy oversees Consolidated Edison’s two regulated utilities, Con Edison Company of New York, and Orange and Rockland Utilities, which energize the lives of the 10 million people in its service territory. Under his leadership, Con Edison has invested more than $2.6 billion in renewable energy projects through its Clean Energy Businesses. Today, Con Edison is the fifth largest producer of solar energy in North America. Most recently, McAvoy oversaw the creation of Con Edison Transmission to focus on growth opportunities associated with electric and gas transmission and energy storage.

McAvoy serves on the board of directors of the American Gas Association, the Edison Electric Institute, the Partnership for New York City, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. He also serves on the board of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

He holds an MBA from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College. He is a graduate of the David Rockefeller Fellows Program.

Prior to becoming chairman of Con Edison, he served as president and chief executive officer of Orange and Rockland Utilities, and senior vice president of Central Operations at Con Edison of New York. McAvoy has held numerous positions in operations and engineering during his 37 years with the company.

 

Commencement announcement

Alvin Mann of Cuddebackville, N.Y., a 94-year-old World War II veteran, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters at Mount Saint Mary College’s 54th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20, in recognition of his dedicated service to his country and his commitment to lifelong learning. Mann earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the Mount last year.

 

The 94-year-old Alvin Mann received his bachelor’s degree in history from Mount Saint Mary College in May 2016.

In the early 1940s, Mann joined the war effort as a merchant seaman. By 1946 when he left the service, he had worked his way up to second engineer.

After his time in the Armed Forces, Mann opened a short term staffing service in Manhattan called Temporary Office Services of New York. He supplied clients with secretaries, typists, clerks, bookkeepers, and more. He continued running the multi-million dollar business for some 25 years.

Around 1970, he settled in Orange County, N.Y.

While at his winter home in the State of Florida, Mann became involved with the Florida Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program, a partnership that provides a voice to Florida’s abused and neglected children. He continued his service with the organization for the next 15 years.

After the passing of his wife in 2007, Mann decided to return to college. He had begun his college career in his late 70s in the state of Florida, and finished the degree nearly 20 years later at Mount Saint Mary College. A history major, his hands-on experience of the subject gave him a unique outlook on his coursework.

Mann has one son, two daughters, and five grandchildren. He resides in Cuddebackville, N.Y.

 

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