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(Boston) — The Boston University Board of Trustees elected Michael Bronner, founder and chairman of Upromise, Inc., its newest member at the Board’s annual spring meeting this week. Bronner joins a 36-member Board of Trustees led by Chairman Alan M. Leventhal.
A graduate of the Boston University School of Management, Bronner is founder and chairman of Upromise, Inc., a web-based shopping and savings network that allows parents and their families to save for their children’s college education by purchasing goods and services from participating companies, which then allocate a portion of a family’s spending to a tax-deferred savings fund. Bronner is also chairman emeritus at Digitas, Inc., a Boston-based internet marketing and consulting firm, where he served as CEO of the company until September 1997 and chairman until December 1999.
In 2000, Bronner established the Upromise Education Foundation, a nonprofit entity whose purpose is to promote educational opportunity among the general public and especially among the disadvantaged. He currently serves as the foundation’s president and director. Bronner and his wife, Lisa, also founded the Brookline-based Bronner Charitable Foundation, which supports cultural institutions, medical research, hospitals, and human services. He serves as director of the Children’s Hospital Trust, the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, and the Boston Public Library Foundation and in 1997, received the Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti-Defamation League in recognition of the goodwill Upromise has contributed to the community.
Bronner delivered the University’s 2004 MBA Commencement address and is the recipient of the 2000 Boston University Alumni Award and the 1998 School of Management Alumni Award.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU contains 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.