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Melvin Howard

Melvin Howard is a 1957 economics graduate of UMass Amherst who was also a member of the University Honors Program. He served as the Chair of the Commonwealth Honors College Advisory Board for eighteen years. Mr. Howard has had an impressive 40-year career leading some of the United States top business firms. Prior to his retirement, he was Chief Financial Officer of Ford Motor Company, Chief Financial Officer for Xerox Corporation in the 1970’s, and Vice Chairman of Xerox and Chief Executive Officer of Xerox Financial Services in the 1980’s. Howard has always maintained a close relationship with UMass Amherst over the years and has been a tireless supporter and advocate of the flagship campus. He was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal in 1999 and the Distinguished Service Alumni Award in 2010.

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