Patrick Gaston shared his story for WUMB's UMass Boston Minute.
"A lot of what the university of Massachusetts impressed upon me was the value of people, the value of hard work, and the importance of being accountable and getting results."
Patrick Gaston graduated from UMass Boston in 1983 with a degree in business management. Gaston is currently president of the Western Union Foundation and was named one of the top 100 most influential African Americans in Corporate America by Savoy Professional magazine.
"My college academic experience – that experience has been a foundation for me throughout my entire career."
Beyond his work in the classroom, Gaston formed lasting connections with professors and classmates during his years at UMass Boston.
"You know, I remember my colleague Jane from statistics class, my colleague Arthur from marketing -- I think to a person there’s a great deal of pride around what the university was to them, for us, and what it’s become. So I think we all hold those values near and dear and, obviously, are very proud that we’re a part of it, and other students are now getting a chance to do the same."