Commencement Distinguished Guests

Gerald Colella '78

Gerald Colella '78

Distinguished Alumni Award

Expertise

Gerald Colella ’78 is president and CEO of MKS Instruments Inc. in Andover. His contributions have significantly influenced the growth of the Manning School of Business.

Biosketch

Gerald Colella ’78 is president and CEO of MKS Instruments Inc. in Andover, a position he was named to in January 2014. Previously, he has held positions at MKS as vice president, chief operating officer and chief business officer. 

MKS is a global provider of instruments, subsystems and process control solutions that measure, control, power, monitor and analyze critical parameters of advanced manufacturing processes. Today, the company is a global supplier of equipment to the semiconductor, medical, pharmaceutical and other markets with more than 20 facilities in 12 countries, over 2,500 employees and sales in excess of $650 million. 

Colella’s support of the Manning School of Business has significantly influenced its growth. He and his wife, Joyce ’77, have generously given to the Manning School of Business Dean’s Discretionary and New Building funds, the Manning School of Business Board of Advisors Endowment, the Honors Fellows Scholarship Fund and the UMass Lowell Fund. In addition, MKS Instruments has supported the BioManufacturing Center and the College of Management 50th Anniversary Fund. 

The Colellas recently served as co-chairs of the Commencement Eve Host Committee. Colella has served as a Campaign Task Force member, a member of the Manning School of Business Advisory Board and has served as a speaker for Beta Gamma Sigma. In 2010, he received the Francis Cabot Lowell Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business. 

After receiving his degree in secondary education from the University of Lowell, Colella earned his master’s in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University. 

He and his wife reside in Seabrook, N.H., and Naples, Fla., and have a son, Anthony, who is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and a daughter, Acelyn, who is a graduate of the Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine.