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University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business Inducts Two Alumni into Hall of Fame

Posted 02/14/2013
Posted by Nick Frogameni

University of Hartford alumni Lee Ann C. Leahy ’84 and Scott Orenstein ’83, MBA ’84 were inducted into the Barney School of Business Hall of Fame on Jan. 30. Leahy is a partner in the Boston office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the world’s largest professional services firm and the fifth largest privately owned organization in the United States. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University. Orenstein is a fashion retail industry consultant and former president of G.H. Bass & Co., a company known for creating and defining trends in the footwear industry since 1876. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University.

Orenstein and Leahy were selected from a group of 18,000 Barney School of Business alumni for their achievements that reflect Barney’s mission to “prepare leaders and decision-makers who are globally aware and socially responsible.” During an induction ceremony held on campus, Barney School Dean James Fairfield-Sonn presented Orenstein and Leahy with commemorative plaques. Framed photographs of the two new inductees will hang alongside photos of previous inductees in a Barney executive classroom. The Barney School of Business Hall of Fame began in 2009.

Leahy is the first woman to be inducted into the Barney School Hall of Fame. She is a certified public accountant with more than 28 years of diversified audit and consulting experience who serves higher education and healthcare clients throughout the Northeast. She also frequently speaks to audiences on internal controls, audit committee effectiveness, and other governance issues, and their impact on higher education and healthcare institutions. She has been a member of the Barney School Board of Visitors for several years, serves as vice chair of the board of directors of the Animal Rescue League of Boston and chairs its Finance and Audit Committee.

Orenstein is currently a fashion industry consultant. He was president of G.H. Bass & Co. from 2003 to 2012 during which time he re-launched the original Bass Weejun (the original penny loafer) brand, established quality control improvements, and initiated the new lifestyle look of Bass Earth. Prior to Bass, he was senior vice president and general merchandise manager for Geoffrey Beene retail and senior vice president and division merchandise manager for Lord and Taylor. In 2010, Orenstein was honored with the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club Hope and Opportunity Award for outstanding service, support, and dedication to the Navy Yard Clubhouse. He is a yearly speaker at the National Student Leadership Association and serves on multiple boards, including the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America.