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October 25, 2005

Source: University College of Cape Breton:

Amtrak President & CEO to Speak at Annual CBU Alumni Progress Dinner

(Sydney, NS) – The businessman who oversees America’s intercity passenger rail system will address guests at the Annual Cape Breton University Alumni Progress Dinner on Tuesday, November 1. David L. Gunn, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), directs the passenger rail system that serves approximately 65,000 passengers daily on a system covering more than 500 stations in 46 states aboard 265 trains over a 22,000-mile system.

Proceeds from the on-campus event go towards the Cape Breton University Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

Appointed May 15, 2002, Gunn has more than four decades of experience in railroading. Prior to coming to Amtrak, he most recently served as Chief General Manager of the Toronto Transit Commission for five years. He also served as General Manager for the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; President of the New York City Transit Authority; General manager/Chief Operations Officer at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

Additionally, he has held other executive positions in the rail industry, including Director of Operations for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority; Assistant Vice President of the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad; and management positions with the New York Central System and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. A veteran of the US Naval Reserve, Mr. Gunn holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Harvard College and Harvard School of Business, respectively.

In 2004, the CBU Alumni Association donated a $100,000 endowment fund to establish a $4,000 annual award known as the Alumni Association Scholarship. This entrance award is renewable for up to four years and is presented to a student registering in any degree or program with a 90 per cent minimum average and an extensive involvement in extra-curricular activities. The first recipient was Brittany Julian from Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia; now a second year Bachelor of Arts student.

Tickets are $50/person and are available by calling the CBU Alumni Office at (902) 563-1824; toll-free at 1-800-959-9995 or e-mail The event gets underway at 6:00 p.m. with a reception in the Art Gallery and dinner at 7:00 p.m in the Multi-Purpose Room.


Kelly Rose
Communications Officer
Cape Breton University
Tel: (902) 563-1638



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