Greg Janey grew up on Regent Street in Roxbury, less than two miles from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Now, Janey essentially runs the place.

Janey, a Wentworth board member since 2013, has been appointed board chair at the institute, taking over for P. Michael Masterson. The change caps Janey’s long history with the school. He received his associate degree in architectural technology in 1982 and a bachelor’s degree in construction management in 2004. Wentworth awarded him an honorary doctorate of engineering in 2017. He’s an adjunct professor and led the search committee that in March picked Wentworth’s newest president, Mark Thompson.

Janey’s eponymous construction firm is among the most successful in the city, and he attributes much of that success to Wentworth. “I’m proud of where I came from and thankful for the opportunities that I’ve been given,” Janey says. “And I want other people to have that same opportunity.”