NEW BRITAIN – The American Savings Foundation board of directors selected Marie S. Gustin and Harry N. Mazadoorian as emeritus board members, honoring and thanking them for their dedication and leadership throughout the foundation’s 25-year history.
The newly inducted duo will remain actively involved in the foundation as emeritus members. They both plan to continue to serve on the foundation’s Communications Committee as well.
Mazadoorian and Gustin both served as board members of the former American Savings Bank when the idea for the foundation first emerged. They along with the other founding board members contributed to the American Savings Foundation becoming the first bank foundation established in the state of Connecticut, and just the third in the nation. The two provided stability and continuity through many transitions, most notably as the foundation evolved from a bank foundation to a permanent, independent, private foundation over the past quarter century. Their continued voices as longtime New Britain residents helped inform the foundation’s mission and priorities as it evolved to play a leadership role in many efforts and initiatives in the city.
Mazadoorian, a native of New Britain, where his parents, both survivors of the Armenian Genocide, settled, served as chairman of the foundation from 2011 to 2016. He became the foundation’s second chair when the founding chairman, Robert T. Kenney, passed away. Mazadoorian is a graduate of New Britain High School, Yale College and Yale Law School, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Quinnipiac University. He currently serves as distinguished senior fellow in the Center on Dispute Resolution at Quinnipiac University School of Law.
Gustin, a graduate of New Britain High School who earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central Connecticut State University and holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Administration from Boston College, has served as the vice chair of the foundation since 2016. Gustin served as the Superintendent of Schools for the Consolidated School District of New Britain from 1975 to 1993, during which time she established numerous innovative programs and services. She is a trustee of the Maximillian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation and Trustee at Jerome Home in New Britain. She also serves as emeritus director of the New Britain Museum of American Art and The Hospital of Central Connecticut, where she served as board president.
During Mazadoorian and Gustin’s tenure, the foundation has awarded more than $64 million in the communities it serves.
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