President Kaplan Inducted into Junior Achievement of Southwest New England’s Business Hall of Fame

By Dave Cranshaw
UNH Today Editor

President Steve Kaplan was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Southwest New England’s Business Hall of Fame as part of the organization’s 33rd Annual Business Hall of Fame induction and dinner on Wednesday, May 1. This prestigious honor recognizes “men and women who have made distinguished contributions to the prosperity of the region through leadership in business and the community.”

Kaplan was inducted along with Andrew Eder, president and managing partner of Eder Bros., and Dacia Toll, co-CEO and president of Achievement First. Yale-New Haven Hospital received this year’s Community Award.

President Steve Kaplan

“These three outstanding individuals and Yale-New Haven Hospital have each established a standard of excellence that reflects their commitment to community and determination to improve individual lives in meaningful and enduring ways,” said Louis J. Golden, president of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England. “We are pleased to honor their work and their example, as we encourage, empower and inspire young people to pursue their dreams and realize their potential.”

In accepting the award, Kaplan noted the UNH connections among all of the honorees. Eder is the father of two UNH alumni, Toll was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from UNH, and many Yale-New Haven hospital employees have graduated from UNH.

“I am honored to be inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame,” said Kaplan. “This organization does so much for young people.”

He reflected on the similarities of the missions of UNH and Junior Achievement. “JA is dedicated to hands-on learning and fostering intellectual creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit among today’s youth,” he said. “UNH, likewise, is committed to these goals. We believe in the power of experiential education. We share JA’s mission of ensuring that today’s young people are well-prepared to succeed in an increasingly complex global economy.”

Phil Bartels, chair of the University’s Board of Governors, praised Kaplan for receiving the honor.

“President Kaplan has importantly led the development of the University of New Haven into one of the finest schools in the region,” he said. “His strong commitment to preparing our students to lead purposeful lives is second to none. The campus community is indeed very fortunate to have a person of his caliber, expertise and energy as its president.”

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