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David Tory to receive Honorary Doctorate from Salem State University

David Tory to receive Honorary Doctorate from Salem State
Press Release
Thursday, May 16, 2013

In honor of his dedication to the nonprofit sector through his founding and leadership of the Essex County Community Foundation, David Tory of Essex will be conferred the degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from the Salem State University School of Graduate Studies on May 16th 2013. The commencement program will be held from 4-5:45pm and will include a presentation to his co-recipient, Martha Kanter, U.S. Under Secretary of Education who was appointed to office by President Obama in 2009, followed by the ceremony for the over 500 graduates of the school this year.  Dr. Kanter will deliver the Commencement Address.

Bringing his considerable business skills and his own generous spirit to bear on the institutions that provide all of our cultural, spiritual and environmental well-being and much of our health, human services and education, David established Essex County Community Foundation in 1999. Its mission is to promote philanthropy and develop the nonprofit sector for the benefit of the people of Essex County and beyond. As the new Foundation’s president and CEO for its first decade, he directed the ethical development of its Board, provided education and services to hundreds of nonprofits, and raised and granted over $7.5 million dollars to charitable entities throughout the County.

Still bearing his clear vision, ECCF’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence has become a national leader in developing more effective and efficient nonprofit organizations, and Essex County benefits measurably from a healthy community of philanthropists. With the momentum he established, the Foundation has now produced a charitable footprint of over $42 million in its young life. Though he still exercises gentle influence over philanthropic life throughout Essex County, David has always been self-effacing about his own generosity and the progress of his creation. This honor from Salem State University is a most deserved recognition for his devotion, vision and leadership.

David’s influence in the region and his success with ECCF is built upon expertise built through a very accomplished corporate career. Between 1995 and 1999, David worked with Morgan Stanley Venture Capital and was actively engaged with a number of community based non-profit agencies. David was President and CEO of the Open Software Foundation from November 1988 to September 1995. The Open Software Foundation, a joint venture research and development organization, had about a dozen employees when David was appointed CEO. Within two years it had grown to employ 350, primarily software engineering staff. Funders, supporters and clients of OSF comprised most of the world's major computer hardware and software companies as well as large computer users representing Government Agencies and the Fortune 500.

Before being recruited to run OSF, David was Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning at Computer Associates Inc. There, he was a member of the senior management team that grew Computer Associates from a small, privately-held software company to a large, multi-national, publicly traded corporation with revenues, on his departure, of $1 billion. David also directed Computer Associates' merger and acquisition business, a major source of the company's growth.

In late 1976, David Tory joined Computer Associates as Managing Director of the UK subsidiary, when the company acquired the software distribution firm he had started in 1971. In 1978, David was appointed International Vice President of Marketing, based in Ferney Voltaire, close to Geneva. In 1980, he was asked to transfer to Computer Associates Head Quarters in New York to work directly with the CEO as Vice President of Planning. He was also given responsibility for Computer Associates' international network of distributors.  From 1965 to 1970, David was employed by Honeywell Information Systems in the UK. There, he held a number of software technical support and management positions. In 1970, he was sent to South Africa to help set up Honeywell's local subsidiary where he held a number of technical and marketing management positions. He returned to the UK in 1971. David began his career in 1961, when he joined Unilever in London. He transferred to Unilever's head office computer unit in 1962 as a fledgling computer programmer.

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