Mount Ida College Strengthens Its Board of Trustees with Three New Appointments
February 28, 2012
Newton, MA – Mount Ida College is pleased to announce that its Board of Trustees recently named three new trustees: Robert Giannino-Racine, Chief Executive Officer, Action Center for Educational Services and Scholarships (ACCESS); Robert Lewis, Jr., Vice President for Program, The Boston Foundation; and Barry Wanger, Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), Fellow Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and President, Wanger Associates.
Dr. Lance Carluccio, President, Mount Ida College stated, “We believe that these three new appointments, along with the naming of Mike Burns as our new Chair last October, are exciting additions to our leadership team that will positively benefit the short- and long-term success of Mount Ida College. We are thrilled to have these talented, insightful leaders on our Board of Trustees.”
Michael Burns, Chair, Mount Ida College Board of Trustees added, “Bob, Robert and Barry bring a wealth of knowledge and experience very relevant to Mount Ida College’s mission of delivering a challenging education that blends the liberal arts with professional preparation. They also share our passion for Mount Ida’s richly diverse student body, many of which are first generation college students.”
About Robert Giannino-Racine
Bob Giannino-Racine is the Chief Executive Officer of ACCESS, whose mission is to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to—and through—a postsecondary education. Since Bob’s arrival, in 2005, ACCESS has tripled the number of young people it serves annually, helping students secure more than $200 million in financial aid, and has been recognized for the important role it plays in Massachusetts and beyond. Bob has 17 years of experience within the Boston and national non-profit communities, including, prior to joining ACCESS, holding several senior management roles at Jumpstart and serves on the Board of idealist.org and Strong Women Strong Girls.
About Robert Lewis, Jr.
Robert Lewis, Jr. is Vice President for Program at the Boston Foundation (TBF) and oversees the distribution of some $16 million in discretionary grants to support nonprofit organizations and programs serving Greater Boston. He is the chief architect of StreetSafe Boston, a TBF initiative to reduce gun violence in Boston, and creator of CHAMPS Boston, which invests in youth sports programs. Prior to joining TBF, Lewis has held several senior management positions at City of Boston Centers for Youth and Families, the National Conference for Community and Justice, and City Year. He serves on many boards, the Sportsmen’s Tennis Club and ABEKAM, Year Up, Boston and New England Blacks in Philanthropy, to name a few. He also is an advisor to Wheelock College’s Upward Bound program.
About Barry Wanger
Barry Wanger, APR, Fellow PRSA and President of Wanger Associates in Newton, Massachusetts, specializes primarily in higher education, healthcare and other nonprofit organizations. His agency has received numerous regional and national public relations awards. Previously, Wanger has held senior public relations positions at Brandeis University, University of California, Santa Barbara, and the National Endowment for the Humanities and Wheelock College. He also lectures and writes articles relating to his field and is the former President of the PRSA Boston Chapter. Wanger also serves on Wheelock College Board of Corporators and formerly served on boards for Adoptions with Love, Jewish Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Wheelock Family Theatre.
About Michael Burns
In addition to his duties as Chair of the Mount Ida Board of Trustees, Michael Burns serves as Shareholder at Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. and Managing Director, CBIZ Tofias, a tax consulting firm. He joined CBIZ Tofias and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. in 2004 and most recently was a partner in the Boston office of Grant Thornton LLP where he acted as the Department Head and the Partner-In-Charge of not-for-profit client services. Burns has more than 25 years of audit experience and exclusively serves not-for-profit organizations and has built a reputation for quality service in the not-for-profit community and has been the lead Shareholder on more than 40 New England-based organizations such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Colby College, Oxfam America, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, and Phillips Andover Academy.