DAVID BERGES graduated from CBU in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He joined General Electric’s Manufacturing Management Program and spent 15 years in a variety of manufacturing and management roles. He later moved to positions of increasing responsibility in Barnes Group, and Honeywell. In 2001, he became chairman and CEO of Hexcel, an advanced composite materials company with a market capitalization of $200 million focused on aerospace. He is married to Debra Kendall, and they are generous contributors to CBU.
Berges says that his “charity of choice” has always been education. “It is my firm belief, that more educated people will contribute more to society. I don’t donate to big universities so they can build bigger buildings to attract professors who rarely see students. I donate to schools who work to improve student body diversity because I believe desperately-needed tolerance is more likely to result. And I donate to schools who work to give kids a chance. Not everyone comes from a college family, not everyone knows what they want to do, and not everyone can afford school. CBU is the kind of institution I want to support. CBU maintains a very diverse student body—and they give kids (like me) a chance.”