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Wentworth President Interviewed for City of Boston’s Amazon Effort
October 20, 2017
President Zorica Pantić recently joined a small cast of leading executives and students who were invited to help the City of Boston’s push to entice Amazon.com Inc. into locating its second North American headquarters in Boston. President Pantić and the other members of the group offered testimonials in a special video appeal produced by the city.
The segments are among a wave of pro-Massachusetts pitch materials sent to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in Seattle.
Shot at City Hall on October 13 and 16, the individual video appeals also feature Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh; Revere Mayor Brian M. Arrigo; Ann Klee, General Electric’s vice president for environmental & safety, and head of Boston operations; Carol Fulp, president and CFO of The Partnership; Boston University President Robert A. Brown; Ritchy Rinchett, a student at Jeremiah E. Burke High School; Panos Panay, Berklee College of Music’s vice president for innovation and strategy; and Christine Lee, a Northeastern University student.
Dozens of leaders across Massachusetts are pitching their cities and towns to Bezos. The deadline for proposals was October 19, and the company expects to make its decision in spring 2018.
Joining other area representatives, President Pantić earlier wrote to Bezos about Boston and Wentworth, saying there is no other city like Boston in the world, and touting the marketable skills and career preparedness of the university’s students and graduates.
- June 11, 2018—In recognition of Mayor Walsh’s achievements and leadership for the City of Boston, Wentworth will be presenting him with an honorary doctor of engineering degree, honoris causa.
- May 18, 2018—Mike Johnson, BELM ’05, and Rob Kodadek, BELM ’05, whose company has worked on the Saturday Night Live studio and Super Bowl XLIX, among other projects, created a lighting module that inspired a world of creativity in Wentworth’s junior industrial design studio.
- May 4, 2018—Gilbane has partnered with Wentworth faculty members to form a hands-on educational program around its design and construction, including bi-weekly site tours, an evening lecture series focused on construction and design discipline.