40 Under Forty: Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D., 38


Dean of School of Humanities & Social Sciences, and interim dean of School of Graduate & Professional Studies

Becker College, Worcester

Lives: Andover

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Colleges: Brandeis University, Massachusetts School of Law

Becker College is in the midst of an expansion, adding new schools and majors to attract a shrinking national applicant pool. Right in the middle is Furi-Perry, who was hired last September as assistant dean of Becker College's School of Nursing & Behavioral Sciences. She's since risen to dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences and this summer was named the interim dean of a new school at Becker, the School of Graduate & Professional Studies. Furi-Perry is helping put in place a new exploratory program letting students experience a taste 10 majors on campus, like a sampler plate, before declaring a major. As a lawyer, Furi-Perry doesn't just teach in the classroom. She's written 14 books on legal issues, including two that were written for children: “Constitutional Law For Kids,” and a Spanish version. She's spoken at events for the Massachusetts Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is scheduled to speak at the U.S. District Court's Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference in Iowa this month. Furi-Perry is the president of a middle school parent-teacher organization in her hometown of Andover, where her three boys attend class.

From 40 Under Forty judge Kate Sharry: “Ursula is using her knowledge, experience and creativity to meet the needs of the students of Becker. She pays it forward in so many different ways.”

Were you a straight-A student? I was pretty close! Graduated third in my high school and first in law school.

What movie character is most like you? Erin Brockovich. She was tenacious and smart, had great shoes, and handled her business as a mom and as a legal professional.
Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty
Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance
Che Anderson - City of Worcester
Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.
Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.
Sam Bitar - Webster Five
Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP
Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives
Derek Canton - paerpay
Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.
Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics
Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching
Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm
Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting
Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.
Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning
Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College
Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering
David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care
Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank
Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill
Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority
Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp
Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions
Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants
Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank
Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.
Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective
Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester
Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency
Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP
Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities
Jessica Morris - MCPHS University
Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)
Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central
Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.
Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System
Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.