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A New President

A New President
Alumni Society Past President COL Richard H. Breen Jr., U.S. Army (ret) ’77 (left) hands the gavel to new President Michael K. Short ’99 (right).

The Alumni Society Advisory Board recently installed Michael K. Short ’99 as the president of the Alumni Society of The University of Scranton.

Short officially became president for a two-year term after past president retired Army Col. Richard H. Breen Jr. ’77 passed the society’s gavel to him in a “transfer of power” ceremony. Breen assumed the duties of past president from Martina Martin ’80, who completed her term of service to the board with the transfer. Colleen Neary, Esq. ’88 assumed the duties of president-elect from Short and will succeed him as president when his term ends in 2020.

“I’d like to thank this board,” Short said to the members of the Alumni Society Advisory Board who were present. “You inspire me to be better. I respect each of you tremendously and will do my absolute best to lead you.”

Short, who resides in Mendham, New Jersey, with his wife, Susanna Puntel Short ’01, and son, Grady Michael Short, graduated from the University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He owns two Allstate insurance agencies that provide multi-line insurance products. He is Series 6 FINRA-certified as a personal financial representative and is a licensed New Jersey realtor. Previously, he served as director of service programs at Scranton Preparatory School and was a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Brooklyn, New York.

During Short’s tenure as an Allstate agency owner, he has won numerous company and industry awards. In 2010, Short’s agency was ranked No. 6 out of all 12,500+ Allstate agencies countrywide. Short’s other awards include Allstate’s Inner Circle Elite (top 1 percent in the country), No. 2 Performing Allstate NJ Agency (2009, 2010), Chairman’s Award, Honor Ring Award and the President’s Conference Award, and he has also merited the distinction of Premier Service Agency since the award’s creation in 2009. He enjoys spending time with his family, studying business and entrepreneurship trends, traveling, real estate investment, skiing, golf, scuba diving, photography and technology.

“I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to get started and see what we can achieve together,” Short said. “We have a tremendous group of leaders to propel this board forward.”

During his farewell address as president, Breen thanked his fellow board members and told them to be proud of the work they had done together during his term, which included creating the annual student-alumni networking event Toast2Scranton, refining the nomination process for new board members, establishing a quasi-endowment fund and introducing The University of Scranton Alumni Coin of Excellence.

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