Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Farewell Marist! Hello Watson!

To everything there is a season…

After 17 years at Marist College, I start a new chapter in my life next month as director of corporate giving at Watson Pharmaceuticals. While it will be very difficult to say goodbye to friends, colleagues and students at Marist, this is a tremendous opportunity for me and I look forward to working for an incredible company and with people who are the best in the field.

I’ll let my boss, Marist President Dennis Murray, explain the particulars via his memo to the Marist community this morning:



Tim Massie, who has served as Marist's Chief Public Affairs Officer for the past 17 years, has been offered and has accepted a senior position at Watson Pharmaceuticals, where he will oversee their global philanthropy program.  Watson Pharmaceuticals is a leading integrated global pharmaceutical company with 6,000 employees engaged in the development, manufacturing, marketing, sale, and distribution of generic, brand, and biologic pharmaceutical products.  It is among the top five pharmaceutical companies in the U.S., based on total prescriptions, and it generated $3.57 billion in net revenues in 2010.  In his duties as Director of Corporate Giving, Tim will be responsible for developing and implementing Watson's Global Corporate Giving Program.  He will establish corporate giving guidelines, promote corporate support of local charitable organizations, and promote employee involvement and volunteerism.

Tim's wealth of experience prepares him well for this role.  In the time he has served as Chief Public Affairs Officer, Tim has been an invaluable link to both the media and the Dutchess County community.  He has led the effort to raise the College's national profile and reputation through successful campaigns integrating media exposure, awards programs, community leadership, and close relationships with business and elected officials.

One of the great highlights of Tim's tenure at Marist was his work on the 1995 summit between Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin in Hyde Park, one of many high-profile political visits he has coordinated.  Tim has also been a pioneer in the use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to heighten Marist's national exposure.  In addition, his commitment to serving the community and others has been second to none.  He serves or has served on nearly 50 nonprofit boards, including the Dyson Foundation, St. Francis Hospital, the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, the City of Poughkeepsie Board of Education, and the St. Simeon Foundation.

Tim is a graduate of Fordham University and Dutchess Community College, where he was elected to the Alumni Hall of Fame in 2006.  He has received numerous awards for his community leadership, most recently from the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.  Tim has also been a dedicated teacher and mentor to countless students interested in public relations and media relations.  He has always made it a point to involve Marist students in annual events like the FDR Library's Four Freedoms Awards and the Val-Kill Awards, as well as special occasions like the dedication of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in 1997, the canonization of St. Marcellin Champagnat in 1999, the Democratic Leadership Council's meeting at the College in 2000, and private tours of the Sistine Chapel and Vatican. Students have told us that these unique opportunities remain as fond memories long after graduation.  Finally, Tim has led some of our most popular study-abroad trips to the Holy Land, Italy, Greece, Germany, and Turkey.  He truly personifies the Marist Brothers' motto of doing good quietly.

Tim will start his duties at Watson in early January, and we'll look forward to recognizing his tremendous service to Marist after he gets settled.  He has been an outstanding colleague and an excellent representative of both the College and our ideals.  Tim's energy and talents will be sorely missed.  Please join me in thanking him for all he has done for Marist and congratulating him on this exceptional professional opportunity.

Dennis J. Murray
Marist College