Suffolk Celebrates Philanthropy’s Impact and the Leadership of Leonard J. Samia BSBA’69
Suffolk’s most generous donors, members of the Summa Society and Frost Society, gathered with student scholarship recipients and University leadership at the Omni Parker House Rooftop Ballroom on December 7th for the annual Summa Holiday Reception. The University honored Leonard J. Samia, Suffolk graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Class of 1969, for his leadership philanthropy to Suffolk and its impact on current and future students through scholarships.
Trustee and Chair of the Advancement Committee, John McDonnell BSBA ’83, served as master of ceremonies for the Summa Holiday Reception program that included remarks from Acting President Marisa Kelly, President of the Student Government Association Sean Walsh, Samia Scholars Evette Thompson BS’ 18 and Pedro Santos Queiroga BS ’18, and Trustee and leadership donor Larry Smith BSBA ’65.
The speakers thanked those attending for their loyalty and generosity to Suffolk and its major impact on Suffolk’s students and programs. Evette Thompson recalled an African proverb, “When eating the fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.” “Mr. Samia and all of our wonderful donors are the tree planters who have made my education and countless others possible.”
Celebrating with Lennie Samia were his wife, Lee Ann, his daughters Alexandra MBA’11 and Olivia BA ’12, and his son Derek. Lennie Samia expressed his gratitude to Suffolk for his education and the professors who were instrumental in his real estate career, and he was praised for his generous spirit and outstanding support of his alma mater.