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January 25, 2014

Graduate, CEO to speak at Hartwick commencement

A 1983 Hartwick College graduate who has gone on to head a top insurance company will deliver this year’s college commencement speech.

David H. Long, chairman and chief executive officer of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group will address this year’s graduating class and those in attendance at the May 24 ceremony on Elmore Field.

“David Long is an extraordinary individual,” Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich said in a media release. “His success validates the power of combining a great liberal arts education with the personal qualities of unquestionable integrity, unstinting determination, and unfailing emotional intelligence. We are proud of David’s accomplishments. We are delighted that he will take this opportunity to help our graduates envision the pathway to their own success.”

Liberty Mutual Insurance Group is a Fortune 100 global insurance company with revenues of $36.9 billion in 2012. Based in Boston, Mass., it operates in more than 25 countries worldwide.

Long began his career with the firm in 1985 as a financial analyst. Since then, he has positions in international operations, commercial markets, underwriting and financial, and mergers and acquisitions.. His most recent promotion to chairman quickly followed his appointment as chief executive officer in 2011.

After earning a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Hartwick College in 1983, Long graduated first in his class from Boston College with a master’s degree in finance. As an undergraduate at Hartwick, he was named a John Christopher Hartwick Scholar — the college’s highest academic recognition — and was selected as an All-American on Hartwick’s Division I soccer team.

Long was inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004, and in 2013 received the Distinguished Alumnus award from the Hartwick College Alumni Association. He has also served on the college’s Board of Trustees from 2002 until 2011. He is married to Stephanie Isgur Long, a 1984 Hartwick graduate.

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