Husson University's 2018 Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Friday, Oct 19, 2018 at 5:00pm

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On Friday, October 19, 2018, Husson will recognize five prominent individuals as part of the University’s prestigious Alumni Hall of Fame awards ceremony. The presentations will take place at 5 pm in the G. Peirce Webber Campus Center in Peabody Hall on the University’s Bangor, Maine campus and will be followed by a reception.

Husson University President Dr. Robert Clark said, “All of these special individuals have made significant contributions to their professions. They have also demonstrated leadership in their communities. The distinction they have brought to themselves and to Husson, as well as their support for our University and its mission, have made them worthy of recognition.”

Individuals to be honored this year include:

Jaclyn Fish ‘05.  Fish is a member of Husson University’s Board of Trustees and a regional market manager for the Northern Metro Market at Bangor Savings Bank. She will receive the Young Alumna Award. Fish earned her Bachelor of Science in business administration and marketing from Husson in 2005. While attending she was a member of the Women's Soccer team.

She began her professional career with PepsiCo as a pre-sale account manager and then as a manager for UNO Chicago Grill. Beginning in 2008, she moved to Bangor Savings Bank to start her longstanding career with the organization. During her time spent at Bangor Savings Bank, she has held several positions including assistant vice president and consumer banking administration officer; as well as vice president and branch manager of the Broadway and Hampden branches. In 2017, Fish was promoted to her current position.

In addition to her professional duties, Fish has been involved in numerous community organizations.

In 2013, she was elected as a member of the Husson University Alumni Board and was inducted into the Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society at Husson in 2016. In 2017, Fish was added as a member of the Husson University Board of Trustees. Outside of her commitments, she enjoys time spent with family, friends, and traveling. Fish and her husband Max reside in Hampden with their two children, Addison and Landon.

Randy Wadleigh ’87. Wadleigh, the president and chief executive officer of Governor’s Restaurants, will be inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame. In 1987, he graduated from Husson University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was also a member of the Husson men’s basketball team and understands, first hand, the challenges that students experience in trying to strike a balance between athletics and academics. To address this, Wadleigh made a generous donation to Husson University in 2015 that led to the creation of the Wadleigh Academic Center. This facility, immediately adjacent to the athletic complex’s lobby, is designed to help athletes and other students, better prepare for academic success. It has a comfortable adaptable design that encourages student collaboration and learning. In 1999, Randy Wadleigh was inducted into Husson University’s Sports Hall of Fame. He is a member of Husson University’s Board of Trustees.

Wadleigh's contributions to the community include two years of service as the president of the Maine Restaurant Association (2000-2002) and as the president of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (2014-2016). In 2014, Wadleigh was inducted into the Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society at Husson University. He has three daughters and a son and currently lives in Bangor with his wife, Angela and dog Marley.

Susith Wijetunga ’93. Born and raised in Sri Lanka, Wijetunga came to the United States to attend Husson University. He graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. After college, he was an accountant at Coopers & Lyebrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Portland, Maine. While at Coopers, he became part-owner of a management company called WL International. In 1997, Tridyne International, Inc., a manufacturer of state-of-the-art weighing and packaging systems, went up for sale and WL International bought it. As a part-owner of WL International, Wijetunga became one of the owners of Tridyne. In August 1997, he left Coopers and moved from Maine to Burlington, VT to take over as the president of Tridyne International.

Over the past twenty plus years, Wijetunga has established Triydne as a leader in the packaging industry. In late 2014, he built on this success and started a second manufacturing company, Nae Pac Automation Inc. This company designs and manufactures state-of the-art pre-made pouch filling and sealing systems. Wijetunga, his wife, Jolyn, and their two daughters, Liana and Niara, enjoy spending time together cooking, traveling, golfing, camping and boating. Like Wadleigh, Wijetunga is being inducted into Husson University’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

Bruce MacGregor. MacGregor will be recognized as this year’s Honorary Alumnus. One of the winningest coaches in Husson University history, MacGregor was a legendary men’s basketball, baseball, men’s golf coach and athletic director who amassed over 1,000 career wins. In 2015, he was inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame. MacGregor coached from 1969-94. Under his leadership, Husson men’s basketball amassed five NAIA District V Championships, three NCC Championships, two WMAC Championships and a MAC Championship. MacGregor’s 1989 squad went 35-3, setting a program-record for wins in a season, and was ranked as high as #4 in the national polls. A 1998 Husson Sports Hall of Fame inductee, MacGregor was honored with District Coach of the Year accolades 12 times.

The Husson University Sports Hall of Fame room was renamed the D. Bruce MacGregor Sports Hall of Fame Room that same year. This room honors outstanding athletes, athletic administrators, coaches, and teams for their athletic performances and leadership. Bruce is a member of six hall of fames; the Husson Sports Hall of Fame, the Reading High School Hall of Fame, the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame, the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, the Maine Athletic Hall of Fame, and the NAIA National Hall of Fame.

MacGregor attended Roger Ludlow High School in Fairfield, Connecticut where he met his wife Christine. They then went to Andrew Warde High School in the same town. MacGregor graduated in 1957 and Christine in 1958. He continued his education at Springfield College, earning a degree in physical education, with a minor in biology, in 1961. MacGregor went on to study biology at Bridgewater State College and earned his master's in education from Salem State University. He also has a Certificate of Advanced Study from the University of Maine. MacGregor worked as a physical education teacher and coach at Coolidge Junior High School from 1961 to 1965 and as a biology teacher and coach at Reading High School from 1965 to 1968.

MacGregor served two terms on Husson University’s Board of Trustees from 1987-1990 and was also Husson’s Faculty Forum president on three occasions. He is still active on campus today, serving as the assistant golf coach and chair of the Sports Hall of Fame Committee. MacGregor and Chris have a son and two daughters, David MacGregor, Betsy Webb '83 and Jill St. Peter '92. They have six grandchildren, Cameron, Gordie, David, Kelsi, Sid, and Bruce, and a grandson, Easton. Sid and Bruce are currently attending Husson. MacGregor and Chris reside in Naples, Florida and spend their summers in Maine.

Roberta Burke, ’66.  Burke is this year’s recipient of the Presidential Outstanding Service Award. She entered Husson in 1963 as a student in the business education program. Burke eventually changed her major to executive secretarial science and graduated Husson in 1966 with her associate's degree. After graduation, she stayed on at Husson as an employee in Admissions under Chesley Husson, Jr. until 1971, when she married Michael Burke, Class of 1969. Together, they moved to Washington, D.C., and then to Nashville, Tennessee, where they currently reside. Once arriving in Nashville, Burke continued her education earning a degree in business administration. She also began working on her Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Over her 45-year employment career, she worked in both the private and public sectors. While in Washington, D.C., she worked as the executive assistant for a group of naval architects and engineers and later moved to Capitol Hill and the U.S. Congress, working for the Joint Committee on Taxation.  After moving to Nashville, Burke spent time in the legal field, taught for a while, and eventually became an editor for Moore Educational Publishers, Inc. She and her husband retired in 2009 and now spend their summers at Moosehead Lake and winters in Nashville. Burke joined the Husson Alumni Board in 2016 and has been an amazing asset to the Advancement team; volunteering several hundred hours a year helping the Advancement Services department. She also has been volunteering for Catholic Charities of Tennessee for the past seven years.

Plaques honoring this year’s Alumni Hall of Fame recipients will be displayed prominently, along with plaques of other past honorees, in a hallway adjacent to the Campus Center on the ground floor of Peabody Hall on Husson University’s campus in Bangor, Maine. This hall features every Alumni Hall of Fame recipient since the award’s inception.

For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies, science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.

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