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2015 Alumni Hall of Fame

The Induction Ceremony took place on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.  Read about the event here.

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Meet Our 2015 Inductees

Inductee Barnes

Thomas O. Barnes Sr. ’72 

Thomas O. Barnes Sr. was elected chairman of the board of the Barnes Group, Inc. in Bristol, Connecticut in 1995 after serving as senior vice president since 1993. Barnes is the fifth generation of the Barnes Group’s founding family. The Barnes Group, Inc., founded in 1857, is an international industrial and aerospace manufacturer and service provider, serving transportation, communication, manufacturing, and technology markets.

Previously, Barnes served as president of Olson Brothers, a precision machine parts manufacturer in Plainville, Connecticut. Prior to that, he served in the 1980s as assistant vice president at Connecticut Bank and Trust and vice president for Carpenter Construction. During the 1970s, Barnes worked for Barnes Group’s Bowman Distribution division in Cleveland, Ohio.

Following a long family tradition of public service, Barnes has been a leader in the organizational and philanthropic direction of more than 20 arts, education, and healthcare organizations. He serves as president of the Barnes Group Foundation, Inc., which supports Connecticut organizations involved with arts and culture, education, the environment, health, cancer, youth services, and civic affairs.  

Barnes has been the recipient of many service awards.  He was inducted into the University of Connecticut School of Business Hall of Fame, received the John J. Filer Award from the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, the Star of Hope Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the William A. O’Neill Legacy Award.

University of Hartford affiliations include serving as Regent from 1999 to 2008 and membership on the Barney Board of Visitors and the Campaign Steering Committee. 

Barnes received his bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut.

Inductee KleneRoger R. Klene MBA ’99

Roger Klene retired in 2013 after 20 years as president and CEO of Mott Corporation, a manufacturer of porous metal in Farmington, Conn. In 2006, he initiated an Employee Stock Ownership Plan or ESOP for Mott and served as its only Trustee until his retirement. When he left Mott, the ESOP had provided a 150 percent compounded return for its employees, something Klene says is the most gratifying accomplishment of his career.

Prior to Mott, Klene was a Manager of Mergers and Acquisitions in an investment fund whose General Partners included Harry Gray, the former CEO of United Technologies. In fact, Klene and Gray had a 35-year business association—from 1974 when Klene joined the predecessor company to UTC until Gray’s death in 2009.

Prior to college, Klene enlisted in the Army in 1967 and became one of the youngest soldiers ever to earn a Green Beret. He is a Vietnam Veteran, having served with a special operations unit (Project Delta), which conducted small-team reconnaissance missions to gather intelligence against the North Vietcong.  He received numerous medals and citations during his service.

Klene earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science from Indiana University in 1974, a masters in Industrial Psychology and Organizational Behavior from the University of New Haven in 1990, and an MBA from the University of Hartford in 1999.

A member of the University of Hartford's Board of Regents for 15 years, Klene has also served on on the Barney School of Business Board of Visitors for 11 years. He served multiple years on the Boards of Hartford Hospital and the Hill-Stead Museum, was affiliated with the Wadsworth Atheneum, and is a current member of the Academy of Management Executives.

The ceremony concluded with the presentation of Alumni Hall of Fame Scholarships to Margaret Betz ’15 and Robert Meerman M’15, two standout students in the Barney School. Betz is majoring in management and marketing while Meerman is pursuing his master's degree in accounting and taxation.