May 05, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
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
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
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.
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.
About the Mount:
Ranked a Top-Tier Regional University by U.S. News & World
Report, Mount Saint Mary College offers strong career preparation
in health professions, education, business, psychology and social
services, and liberal arts.