When you think of Professor Ben Boutaugh, think “lawyer,” “business professor,” “Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practioner,” and “rugby player.”
Those are just some of the major aspects of who Ben is as a person, but they at the heart of who he is as a business and business law professor. He looks to his background and passions to create a classroom environment that encourages dedication, commitment, confidence and friendship.
At Middlesex Community College, Ben teaches (and has developed) courses in business law, management, organizational behavior, human resources, finance, and customer service. He is an active faculty member having served on various committees and as co-leader of the “Financial Literary Series” program for faculty and students. He has worked on articulations with UCONN, CSU, and Saint Joseph’s College so that MxCC students may transfer to these schools seamlessly.
Community involvement is extremely important to Ben, which is why he serves as board member with the Saint Vincent DePaul Place and the Women & Families Center (both in Middletown). He shares his insight and offers professional guidance to both groups as they work to help clients fulfill some basic human needs.
Prior to his teaching career, Ben was an attorney with Biller, Sachs, Raio & Zito in Hamden, Conn., practicing many facets of law including civil/commercial litigation, probate law, collections, insurance law, workers’ compensation, and landlord/tenants disputes. He also served as legal intern with Keyes, Looney & Murphy law firm in New Haven, and at the Quinnipiac University School of Law Health Law Clinic. He spent several years working with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Connecticut as an institutional relations analyst and customer service representative.
Ben is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, and the New Haven County Bar Association, and has served as a member of the Middlesex Community College Business Advisory Committee. He was admitted to practice law in Connecticut in 2000 and in the U.S. District Court of Connecticut in 2001. He earned his JD (cum laude) from Quinnipiac University School of Law, ranking in the top 18 percent of his class, and is the 1999 recipient of the Distinguished Academic Achievement Awards. He earned his MBA from the University of New Haven, and his bachelor’s of science degree in management from Central Connecticut State University.
When Ben is off campus, he does indeed focus on physical challenges and pursuits through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and rugby. He is a dedicated practitioner of the martial arts which promote the important principles of “maximum efficiency” and “mutual welfare and benefit.” He especially enjoys the Jui Jitsu form of Judo which is a sport that promotes physical fitness and building character.
And he loves to don those “scrum shorts” and jerseys whenever he can to hit the rugby field – as a player and coach. As a member of the champion New Haven Old Black Rugby Football Club, he helps encourage the sport throughout the region.
So when you are in Ben’s classroom, remember – he most likely can overpower and out run you, which should be motivation enough to pay attention and study hard. Just something to think about.