Dec. 2, 2005
Providence, RI - The dedication of the Vernon R. Alden '45 Men's & Women's Cross Country/Track & Field Coaching Chair will be taking place at a ceremony following the Brown Alden Invitational Indoor Track Meet on Saturday, Dec. 3. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Joukowsky Room, located on the second floor of the Pizzitola Center.
Vernon Roger Alden, Brown Class of 1945, and the Alden family have been loyal and generous supporters of both the academic and athletic programs at Brown. The Alden Invitational has been held on the Alden indoor track for the past 16 years.
Dr. Alden began his post-graduate career as an administrative assistant with Brown's Admissions Office and then moved on to Assistant Director of Admissions at Northwestern.
He spent many years in educational administration, most notably as president of Ohio University (1962-69), where he developed an outstanding administrative staff; where thirteen members of his administration later became presidents of other colleges and universities. At Harvard Business School (1951-61), Dr. Alden's tenure culminated as Associate Dean of the Faculty. As an associate dean, he taught and directed management programs in Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. He helped establish Japan's first graduate school of business administration at Keio University and taught the Harvard-Keio Executive Development Program for Japanese business leaders in Japan. Additionally, Dr. Alden co-founded the Harvard Institute for College and University Administrators.
From 1969-1978, Dr. Alden was Chairman of the Board, CEO and Director of the Boston Company and its subsidiary, Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Co. The Boston Company is a financial holding company which is now a subsidiary of Shearson Lehman Hutton, which in turn is a subsidiary of American Express Corporation.
Dr. Alden was chairman of the Massachusetts Business Development Council and the Foreign Business Council from 1978-83. The Development Council was created by the Governor of Massachusetts to assist in the improvement of the business climate in Massachusetts and to encourage location of businesses in the Commonwealth. Dr. Alden led trade missions of Massachusetts business leaders to Japan, China and Europe. He retired as chairman of the Boston Company and maintains an office in Boston, where he attends to his diverse business and charitable activities.
Dr. Alden was married to the late Marion Parsons Alden, founder of Creative Concepts, Ltd., an interior design firm. They are the parents of four children, Anne `78, James `81, David `87 and Rob. Dr. Alden is the author of an autobiography, "Speaking for Myself", published in 1998.