Stonehill Faculty Focus 2008
Martin Institute Leadership Through the Years
In its 18-year history, the Martin Institute has enjoyed the leadership and dedication of two part-time directors: Professor of History James Kenneally (1990-1995) and Professor of Sociology Kenneth Branco (1995-2005).
"Each of them brought their own particular expertise to the position," notes Academic Vice President Katie Conboy. "Jim is an historian, and as such, had a very historical focus." His programming centered on the anniversaries of significant events; he also served as curator for the 17,000-item Martin Collection of documents and memorabilia related to the Speaker's public life.
"As a sociologist, Ken had a community focus," Conboy says. In the Branco years, the Martin Institute sponsored many speakers, seminars and conferences for social, political and governmental organizations in southeastern Massachusetts.
In addition to its two pioneering directors, the Martin Institute was well served in its early history by three able co-directors.
From 1987 to 1989, Professor of Political Science Richard Finnegan served as a co-director, helping to establish the Institute and to build its mission. Dr. George Hagerty, then the College's director of corporations, foundations and government relations, succeeded Finnegan, using his experience in Washington, D.C., to expand the Institute's contacts and recognition. In 1990, Professor of Business Administration Robert Carver became assistant director and then associate director. During four years of service, he helped to strengthen the Institute's programmatic offerings.
For information about the Martin Institute, contact Director Peter Ubertaccio at 508-565-1200 or email email@example.com.