Matthew R. Fenlon '09
Who influenced you when you were a student at Springfield College and explain the role they played in your life?
Professors Marty Dobrow and Dr. Jim Ragonnet taught me how to think critically, solve problems and develop interpersonal skills. The ability to speak and write clearly, cogently and effectively is crucial in professional life and every student who had Marty and Dr. R can thank them for preparing us for work.
Steve Lafever, Father Leo and Carl Stiles helped expand my worldview beyond Alden Street which shaped my perspectives during key formative years. They also tried to keep me in line and out of trouble!
How has having a Springfield College degree impacted you professionally?
The overarching values instilled in all Springfield College students, leadership in service to others, stay with you. The College is well-renowned throughout the country and the alumni network is so strong that wherever you go you can find an alum willing to help.
If you could share one piece of advice with today's current Springfield College student, what would it be?
The College offers so many opportunities to engage outside campus borders, so make sure to take advantage of as many as possible—especially ones outside your comfort zone—because you never know what might spark a new career interest.
Who do you want to thank personally for the role they have played in your success.
- Parents: Mark and Debbie Fenlon, who made me the person I am.
- Wife: Samantha Fenlon, who supports me unconditionally.
- Brother: Justin Fenlon ’06 who introduced me to Springfield College
- Congressman Richard Neal who taught me what public service means, showed me how policies affect people and guided my career path