Gould Academy 2011 Commencement Speaker (PRESS RELEASE)

April 21, 2011

BETHEL, Maine – John J. Riley III, a successful entrepreneur with thirty years in the business world who has embarked on a new career as a Gould Academy faculty member, will speak at Gould Academy’s 175th Commencement on Saturday, May 28, 2011.

“I am very pleased that Jay will address this year’s graduating class,” said Head of School Dan Kunkle. “His career path and experience speaks to the mission of our school, one that is predicated upon building the confidence to take risks, to be true to yourself, and to be true to your passions. I believe his story of entrepreneurship and dedication to education will resonate with the class of 2011.”

Riley began his entrepreneurial career in 1985 when he and a partner negotiated the purchase of a woodenware manufacturing company. In 1991 he sold the company and moved into the medical device manufacturing industry, purchasing Micro Med Inc. Six years later, he negotiated the successful sale of Micro Med Inc. to a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Roche Group of Basel, Switzerland, where he served as company president until 2007.

Throughout his career, Riley has volunteered on a number of educational committees and boards including service on the Governor’s Commission on Child Care and Early Education in New Hampshire, the Spurwink School board of directors in Farmington, NH, and the Sacred Heart School Development Committee in Hampton, NH.

From 2003 to 2009, Riley served on Gould Academy’s board of trustees and chaired Gould’s 2006 Strategic Planning Committee. His son Thomson and daughter Brittany graduated from Gould in 2002 and 2009 respectively, and son Will graduated from Brewster Academy in 2006.

In 2009, Riley accepted the position of Dean of Athletics and Co-curricular Activities at Gould where he also teaches English.

He is a graduate of Bates College, where he majored in English and was a member of the national foreign language honor society, Phi Sigma Iota.  He went on to receive an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to Bates, he attended Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA.

Here are some photos of last year’s Commencement courtesy of our flickr site. Enjoy.

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