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Mount Ida College To Award Honorary Degrees To The Honorable Setti Warren, Mayor Of Newton, Anita Hill, Senior Advisor To The Provost Of Brandeis University, And Paul Grogan, President And CEO Of The Boston Foundation
Setti Warren is a lifelong resident of
Newton and has dedicated much of his life making his community a better place to live and work," commented
President Barry Brown,
Mount Ida College. "His steadfast commitment to addressing challenging issues, from easing racial tensions in the early days of his youth to tackling tough economic choices as Mayor, speaks volumes to how one person can make a difference in the lives of many. The
Mount Ida community is honored to have him as our commencement speaker."
Setti Warren has been Mayor of
Newton since 2009. Prior to running for Mayor, he completed a year-long tour of duty in
Iraq as a Naval Intelligence Specialist. Warren's extensive career in public services includes his position as Deputy State Director for former Senator
John Kerry, charged with small business and economic development and bringing federal assistance to cities and towns across the Commonwealth. As New England's Director of FEMA, he worked closely with mayors, members of Congress and governors to administer effectively FEMA programs to cities and towns throughout New England. Warren began his career as Special Assistant in the White House Office of Cabinet for President
Bill Clinton. Warren earned a B.A. at
Boston College and a J.D. at Suffolk University. As a high school student, Warren received an acknowledgement of local distinction; then Mayor of
Thomas Concannon, declared
December 17, 1997 "
Setti Warren Day" for his outstanding work as Vice-Chair of
Newton's Foundation for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Equality.