March 26, 2019
Vincent Strully Cited as Central Mass. Nonprofit Business Leader

Vincent Strully
February 21, 2017 — Vincent Strully, Jr. has been named Nonprofit Business Leader of the Year by the Worcester Business Journal for transforming New England Center for Children, based in Southborough, from "a small nonprofit into a powerful global voice addressing the autism epidemic."

The honor, announced yesterday, is reserved for central Massachusetts executives who have made a significant impact in the past year at large firms, small companies, and nonprofits.

“Anyone who drives on Route 9 in Southborough can awe at the physical manifestation of all The New England Center for Children has accomplished in the last year,” said Brad Kane, editor of the Worcester Business Journal (WBJ). “In the 42 years since Mr. Strully founded NECC, he grew a small nonprofit into a powerful global voice addressing the autism epidemic impacting the entire world – all of which was topped off by the opening of the John & Diane Kim Autism Institute in September.”

Strully, CEO and founder of New England Center for Children (NECC), said, “I am honored to receive the Worcester Business Journal’s Business Leader of the Year award. Our accomplishments could not be achieved without the talent and hard work of our staff, the dedication of our students’ families, and many generous donors, all of whom have helped build NECC into a world-class autism treatment center.”

The award will be presented at an award ceremony on April 11 at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston.

NECC has grown over 40 years from a staff of six to more than 1,200 today, and opened a second school in Abu Dhabi.

In 2016, operations and fundraising reached new milestones. Notable achievements include completion of NECC’s $10 million capital campaign which funded the new Kim Autism Institute, a 33,000-square-foot, state-of-the art research, professional training, and technology center.

An additional 13,500-square-foot space is undergoing renovation for a new student wellness center, expanded offices, and a student activity center.

Student enrollment increased 10% last year and today NECC serves 680 students. In addition, in 2016 staff expanded by 13% and worldwide adoption of NECC’s Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia grew by 15%.

NECC said that in 2016 its research staff contributed the second highest number of articles to The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the flagship journal of behavior analysis, published studies in seven academic journals and two books, and gave more than 130 presentations at professional conferences worldwide. NECC also received a $3.4-million technology software grant from Microsoft Corp.

According to NECC, neurobiological research indicates that autism is likely the result of genetically determined abnormalities in brain development., which may start before the child is born. It has been difficult for genetics researchers to locate a specific chromosome(s) involved in autism, but, according to NECC, recent studies have identified several genetic mechanisms that each lead to autism.

Founded in 1975 with $30,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, NECC today with an operating budget of $94 million is one of the most respected autism institutes in the world by providing evidence-based educational services to children with autism.

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