In Memorium of President George C. Chryssis

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In Memorium of President George C. Chryssis
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
January 2011- May 2013

George C. Chryssis was appointed president of Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in January 2011. Before this appointment, he served as Vice President for Executive Affairs at Wentworth Institute of Technology. President Chryssis gained extensive experience in higher education, having served for over 25 years as a trustee and member of various committees at colleges and universities including Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Hellenic College & Holy Cross, and the American College of Thessaloniki.

President Chryssis was also an experienced businessman and entrepreneur, having founded and financed several businesses; he fostered technological innovation and economic growth while providing employment opportunities to many.

President Chryssis served in leadership positions at many professional, civic, and philanthropic organizations, institutions and foundations. For his business achievements and community leadership he received several awards and recognition, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

President Chryssis authored an acclaimed technical book, which has been translated into Chinese, four books of poetry, and a number of articles and essays published in various media. He was also the founder and publisher of a national weekly newspaper.

President Chryssis earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, and holds a Doctor of Engineering Technology degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology, honoris causa.

President Chryssis passed away unexpectedly on May 31, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Margo, devoted father of Rania Makkas and her husband Manny, Lily Chryssis, Alex Chryssis and his wife Lindsay. He was the proud grandfather of Theo and Luke Makkas. He was brother of Stelios Chryssis and Eleni Kekaki.

President Chryssis's obituary was published in the Boston Globe. The entire Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology community is greatly sorrowed by this unexpected and untimely loss.