Marlboro College

NewsPress Release: 10/05/01

BRATTLEBORO, VT - David Townsend of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, earned a Master of Science in Internet Strategy Management from the Persons School of Marlboro College.

Born and raised in Springfield, Townsend is the former president and owner of Alco Equipment, Inc. of Agawam. He renamed the business FleetPride and sold it as part of "a national roll-up of companies in the truck parts and service industry," according to Townsend. He was employed with Alco/FleetPride for 24 years.

Townsend currently plays many roles in his community. He is a member of the finance/budget committee for Baystate Health System Health Services; a member of the board of directors of The Greater Springfield YMCA; moderator of The First Church of Christ in Longmeadow; and chairman of the Berkshire chapter of the Young President's Organization.

Townsend was among 77 students receiving master's degrees from the Persons School's three programs in August 2001: 40 for the Master of Science in Internet Strategy Management, 23 for the Master of Internet Engineering, and 14 for the Master of Arts in Teaching with Internet Strategies.

To graduate from one of the Persons School's programs, students must complete a Capstone project, the equivalent of a traditional master's thesis. A Capstone project demonstrates the mastery of the interdisciplinary curriculum and the implementation of an innovative concept for the use of the Internet in an organizational or educational setting.

Townsend's Capstone team transformed a traditional, small, family-run business into a full e-commerce corporation.

According to Townsend, "The Persons School provided me an opportunity to gain much-needed knowledge about the Internet and the ways in which it can be used to enhance traditional and startup businesses. My Capstone project allowed me to work closely with SGM Productions, Inc., a business located in the Springfield Technical Community College incubator, that has developed a series of manipulative tools to be used to enhance the language and literacy skills of children. Our Capstone team work can be viewed at"

Established in 1997, The Persons School of Marlboro College has become nationally known for preparing individuals for the multidisciplinary demands of the online profession, and for producing leaders who understand the latest technology and the fundamental challenges that occur when schools and businesses go online. The yearlong programs are designed for working professionals who meet every other weekend and online for their studies.

For more information on The Persons School of Marlboro College, please call (802) 258-9200 or visit the college online at

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