Suffolk University alumni make an enormous, positive impact in the city of Boston, and President Margaret McKenna aims to make sure people know it, she told alumni attending a president’s reception last month.

“This is a very special place, and I’m thrilled to be part of it,” McKenna said to more than 300 Suffolk alumni, faculty, staff and friends at the Oct. 21 Langham Hotel event. “Our graduates who come here tend to stay here and impact this city in very significant ways. That makes our responsibility to educate them a very serious responsibility – because all of you have such an impact.”

McKenna described Suffolk University as a place that proves day in and day out that public policy and public service work.

“If there weren’t a Suffolk, someone would have to create it because of what we provide,” she said. “And we’re going to make sure people know that and support the University.”

She called on alumni to engage with the University and said Suffolk will do the same with alumni.

The event also served as an introduction to the University’s new academic leadership team. Provost Marisa Kelly introduced McKenna, and the president posed questions to new deans Andrew Perlman of the Law School and Maria Toyoda of the College of Arts & Sciences as well as to long-serving Sawyer Business School Dean William O’Neill.