BELMONT, Mass. — The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) will name its new headquarters after Dr. Vartan Gregorian, president of the philanthropic foundation Carnegie Corporation of New York, fulfilling the request of the building’s principle benefactors, Edward and Pamela Avedisian of Lexington. The new building’s official name will be the NAASR Vartan Gregorian Building.
“Vartan Gregorian embodies the values at the heart of NAASR’s mission. He has dedicated his entire life to educational advancement and the pursuit of knowledge, engaging in public service throughout his career, and working to better the human condition. We are grateful that we can acknowledge and memorialize his tremendous accomplishments by naming the institution’s new headquarters the NAASR Vartan Gregorian Building,” said Edward Avedisian.
“I am overwhelmed by this most generous and selfless offer and accept it with humility, and with gratitude,” said Gregorian. “I thank NAASR for bringing Armenian history, culture, and values to life through its programming and collections, now visible and accessible to anyone.”
“We are proud to recognize Gregorian’s distinguished life of service and dedication through our new global center,” said Yervant Chekijian, chairman of the NAASR board. “He is an inspiration for generations to come. We are also sincerely grateful to the Avedisians for their generosity and vision.”
Distinguished Career of Vartan Gregorian