Alumni Speak on Campus

 Marist graduate Don Duet spoke at the Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership DevelopmentDon Duet speaks to Marist College class

Don Duet ’88, global co-chief operating officer of the technology division and head of global technology infrastructure at Goldman Sachs, spoke on leadership and technology at the Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership Development (left) and at Marist's campus in Poughkeepsie.

Marist’s School of Computer Science and Mathematics sponsored a special event this past April featuring Don Duet ’88, global co-chief operating officer of the technology division and head of global technology infrastructure at Goldman Sachs.

He gave a presentation titled “Leadership in Technology” at the Payne Mansion in Esopus, NY, home of the Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership Development. He spoke to regional leaders in technology, members of the School of Computer Science and Mathematics Advisory Board, and Marist administrators and faculty members. The presentation was part of the Rich Institute’s distinguished guest lecture series. Later, he spoke about cloud computing to an overflow crowd of students in the Hancock Center on the Poughkeepsie campus.

 An internationally recognized leader in the field of information technology, Duet has held key leadership positions at premier Goldman Sachs’ locations around the globe including New York, London, Frankfurt, and Tokyo during his 24-year tenure with the firm.


 Marist graduate Michael O'Looney  Marist graduate Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Looney ’87

Michael O’Brien ’86

Michael O’Looney ’87, managing director and head of corporate communications at Barclays Capital and Barclays Wealth, shared his public relations expertise with Marist students during a visit to campus this past spring.

He addressed a group of upperclassmen during a luncheon in the Dyson Board Room in the Hancock Center. He then spoke to two sections of the Public Relations Case Study class taught by School of Communication and the Arts faculty member Jennie Donohue. He talked about his experiences working in public relations, particularly regarding crisis communication.

O’Looney formerly was deputy commissioner for public information for the New York Police Department. In that role he was the department’s chief spokesperson and a senior advisor to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Previously he was an on-air reporter for WCBS-TV and a correspondent for CBS Evening News.

Earlier in the academic year, two other high-profile PR professionals spoke to Marist students. Michael O'Brien ’86, a partner and director at Ketchum, addressed Donohue’s Organizational Communication class as well as the membership of the Marist chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. O’Brien advises the Marist PRSSA chapter. And Joseph Madden ’88, a vice president at Fidelity Investments, spoke to Donohue’s Public Relations Case Studies class and her Organizational Communication class.

Both O’Looney and O’Brien serve on Marist’s School of Communication and the Arts Advisory Board.


 Marist College President Dennis J. Murray, Bro. Sean Sammon, FMS, Dr. John Allan Knight, Bro. Frank Kelly FMS

Pictured at the Champagnat Lecture were (left to right) President Dennis J. Murray, featured speaker Bro. Sean Sammon ’70, FMS, Dr. John Allan Knight, assistant professor of religious studies and coordinator of the Catholic Studies Program, and Bro. Frank Kelly ’73, FMS, director of Campus Ministry.

Marist Scholar-in-Residence and Trustee Bro. Sean Sammon ’70, FMS, spoke on “Leadership for a Global Society within a Marist Tradition” in Marist College’s annual Champagnat Lecture this past spring.

The free, public presentation, held in the Nelly Goletti Theatre, focused on attitudes and tools needed for effective leadership in the Catholic Church and society during the 21st century and also addressed emerging challenges facing leaders.

Prior to his appointments as scholar-in-residence and trustee, Brother Sean was superior general and vicar general of the Marist Brothers internationally and a leader of one of the Brothers’ U.S. provinces. He has also served as president of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, a group that represents the leadership of Catholic religious congregations within the United States. In 2011, Brother Sean received the St. Edmund's Medal of Honor from the Edmundite Fathers and Brothers for his contributions to the Catholic Church. In addition to his BA from Marist, he holds a PhD in clinical psychology from Fordham University.

The annual Champagnat Lecture is sponsored by the St. Marcellin Endowment for Catholic Activities at Marist College. It was created to commemorate the 1999 canonization of Marcellin Champagnat, who founded the Marist Brothers in 1817 as a teaching order dedicated to serving the educational and spiritual needs of youth.