2011 Alumni Award Winner, Dan Coleman, A73

Coleman delivers an impassioned acceptance speech at the 2011 Alumni Awards

Coleman with President Bacow


Dan Coleman, A73, is the co-managing principal of T & C Associates, a Boston-based strategic consulting boutique that provides middle market companies with advice on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and strategic business policy development. Prior to this, he was the managing director /senior vice-president of private equity for Fleet Development Ventures, where he was responsible for the establishment, development, and management of a successful $100 + million national private equity fund that targeted ventures impacting nationally situated low– moderate-income communities. In addition to investing directly in companies of varying industries and stages of development, he also directed equity investments in middle market private equity funds that managed private equity assets exceeding $14 billion. Coleman also served as the interim chairman of a $250 million fast food chain. He has also served on numerous community institution boards. He was treasurer of Dimock Community Health Center, a nationally acclaimed organization serving residents in the inner city of Boston. He served on the President’s Circle Board of Beth Israel Hospital. Presently, he is active on the advisory board of the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers at Phillips Academy in Andover, an organization that recruits and places minority students at major graduate schools of education such as Harvard, Brown, and Tufts. Since 2006, he has served on the Tufts Alumni Council and for two years was part of the organization’s executive committee. During his tenure on the Executive Committee, he served as an alumni observer on Tufts’ board of trustees committee for administration and finance. In 2009-2010, he served as the co-chair of the Tufts Alumni Association Sesquicentennial (150th) celebration of its founding. He was ably assisted by a number of loyal alumni volunteers and the staff of the Alumni Affairs office. He is a graduate of Tufts University, the Greater Boston Executive Management Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Phillips Academy in Andover.

Tufts University Alumni Association Citation

"Dan, among the most loyal of Tufts alumni, you have always displayed unabashed pride in your Alma Mater. Your service to Tufts, your professional accomplishments as a strategic business consultant, and your strong commitment to numerous community organizations are hallmarks of your life.

"As a devoted member of the Tufts Alumni Council since 2006, you served for two years as a member of the Executive Committee. You also served for many years as an interviewer for the Tufts University Admissions Program (TAAP), introducing applicants from inner city Boston to our University.

"Your most enduring legacy at Tufts University is your role as chair of the Sesquicentennial Committee which conceived and implemented a most memorable celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Tufts University Alumni Association in 2010. Along with vice-chair Sondra Szymczak and a small committee of volunteers, you orchestrated a multi-faceted celebration of TUAA and its achievements. Not only will the memories of the celebratory events be forever etched in the minds of the many who participated, but the legacies will be sustained for future generations of Jumbos. These legacies include the Alumni Patio on the Hill and the registry of Tufts Alumni Notables, highlighting achievements of more than 250 alumni with profiles on tuftsalumni.org. Your perseverance and strong convictions about the value of this registry won over the skeptics who felt that this now much admired project would be politically challenging.

"You have been just as generous with your time and talent to the Boston community, serving as treasurer of the Dimack Community Health Center, a nationally acclaimed non-profit organization serving inner city residents. You have also brought your skills to the President’s Circle Board of Beth Israel Hospital and remain active on the advisory board of the Institute of the Recruitment of Teachers at Phillips Academy, another institution from which you graduated.

"The infectious passion, creativity, and sense of humility you bring to your endeavors make you a role model for service, and the Tufts University Alumni Association is most pleased to recognize your accomplishments and to present you with the Distinguished Service Award.


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