Harry E. Dumay, Ph.D., MBA, of Haitian descent was named eleventh President of the College of Our Lady of the Elms


College of Our Lady of the Elms
Celebrates the Inauguration of its Eleventh President
October 6, 2017
291 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA 01013-2839

Harry E. Dumay, Ph.D., MBA, of Haitian descent was named eleventh President of the College of Our Lady of the Elms

Harry E. Dumay, Ph.D., MBA, of Haitian descent was named eleventh President of the College of Our Lady of the Elms, in Massachusetts this week.  A native of Ouanaminthe, Haiti, Dumay has served in higher education finance and administration, at senior and executive levels, for the past 19 years. He holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College, an MBA from Boston University, and a master of arts degree in public administration from Framingham State University. He earned his bachelor of science degree, magna cum laude, from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., in 1991.

Youri Latortue, Senator of the Artibonite, President of the National Assembly, attended the ceremony that confirmed Harry Dumay as the new Head of that Reputable College.  Both men, Youri Latortue and Harry Dumay, are fervent advocates of the value and benefits of a good education.  They have known each other for many years and were in boarding school together for all of their secondary schooling all the way to their high school graduation.  Both young men were from the Haitian provinces, and were only sent to Port au Prince by their families, in to access a higher level of schooling.  It is said that they were always close, although they enjoyed a friendly rivalry for the best grades of the classes they had together, year after year. 

As young boys, they always understood the value of higher education, and were extremely studious.   Somehow, their families had instilled in them the strong notion that education is key in ensuring that the Haitian youth has access to available opportunities, and to a means of achieving an improved quality of life.  “It is not an easy path, as higher education requires many sacrifices from one’s family” says the Senator.  “However, young people in my country and elsewhere need to know that it is the only path to upward mobility that is lasting”. 

As the Senator from Haiti insists that Harry Dumay was always a dedicated and gifted student, he also describes M. Dumay as a man with a heart, loyal to his friends.  In his capacity as President of the College, M. Dumay is already discussing possibilities for establishing programs that would promote a greater inclusion of different cultural background.  He is not only concerned about American students, or Haitian students, but with assisting students from a global world so that young people of all walks of life may achieve their full potential.   

The two men were genuinely happy to see each other after many years and the Senator who insisted that it was important for him to stand by his friend, also added that Dumay is an ambassador that shines a favorable light on Haiti’s people.  While the College of Our Lady of the Elms is profoundly American in terms of upholding the four father’s values, it is also universal in terms of the respect for diversity that it endeavors to promote.    

Before Dumay joined Elms, he served for five years as senior vice president for finance and chief financial officer for Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts college.  Prior to that, Dumay served as chief financial officer and associate dean at Harvard University’s Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (2006-2012), associate dean at Boston College s Graduate School of Social Work (2002-2006), and director of finance for Boston University s School of Engineering (1998-2002). Dumay also served as an adjunct faculty member at Boston College for nine years.

Dumay is currently a commissioner on the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, a board member on the Boston Foundation s Haiti Development Institute, and a member of the board of directors and finance committee of the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H. He is also board founder and chair for a small nonprofit dedicated to development projects in Haiti, and has been a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Annual Report on Finance and Enrollment (ARFE) Committee since 2013.  He accepted the position because he felt that a smaller college allowed him to make a difference when it came to accompanying students on their path to success.  To him, Elm is home now.

We at OMEGA have been touched by Mr. Dumay’s endeavor to better himself, at every juncture.  It is with emotion that we therefore extend our congratulations to both friends, The President of Elm and the President of the Haitian Senate,  who somehow, together, tell of a beautiful story of friendship and dedication as well as the rewards that come with choosing the road less traveled.

Joel R Deeb


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