Feb. 2, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has announced that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed Frederick J. Keator, the managing partner of Keator Group, LLC, in Lenox, as the newest member of its Board of Trustees.

MCLA President James F. Birge said he is delighted to welcome Keator to the Board.

“As managing partner of the Keator Group, Frederick has been recognized by numerous organizations as one of America’s top independent financial advisors and will bring a wealth of knowledge to MCLA,” Birge said. “Over the years, the Keator family has been a great supporter of the College and I look forward to working with him as we continue to advance the work of MCLA.”

In his position as the Keator Group’s managing partner, Mr. Keator is responsible for the company’s asset management, compliance and day-to-day operations.

In addition, Keator was recognized on the 2018 Forbes Top State by State Advisors list; in Registered Rep Magazine as one of America’s Top 100 Independent Advisors in 2011; by Barron’s Magazine as a Top Advisor in Massachusetts in 2010, 2011 and 2012; and by Research Magazine as one of America’s Top Ranked Family Investment Teams in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Previous to his work at Keator Group, Mr. Keator served as the vice president of investments at First Union Securities/Wachovia Securities in Pittsfield, and as associate vice president and syndicate trader, at First Albany Corporation in Albany, N.Y.

Keator earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Siena College in Albany, N.Y.

Keator also serves as a board member of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, serves the Franciscan Volunteer Ministry as a member of its finance council since 2009, serves on the Town of Lenox Community Preservation Committee as a founding committee member and immediate past chair since 2008, and has spent over 25 years as a director of the Lenox Police Association.  

In addition, Keator was a National Council member and a member of the board of trustees for the Norman Rockwell Museum from 2011 to 2015; on the Board of Assessors for the Town of Lenox in 2012; and served as a member of the Town of Lenox Financial Committee from 1995 to 2003.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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