PLYMOUTH–Civic leader, volunteer, artist and philanthropist Woolsey S. Conover has been named chair of the advisory council for the Museum of the White Mountains by Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen.
“Woolsey has graciously agreed to lead the Museum’s key volunteer group toward the realization of the Museum’s mission to preserve and promote the history, culture, and environmental legacy of the White Mountains region. PSU is fortunate to have a leader so well-respected throughout New England as its advocate and advisor,” President Steen said.
“This is quite an honor for me,” said Conover. “The Museum encapsulates many of my primary interests, the making of art, the scope and beauty of the White Mountains, the importance of museums in our society, which capture the past and celebrate the future. Further, I am highly impressed with the outreach efforts Plymouth State is making under Sara Jayne Steen’s inestimable leadership to include residents of our region in its work and outcomes.”
Conover is a trustee of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust and former trustee of New Hampshire Public Radio, an advisor to The Northern Forest Center and several other New Hampshire non-profit organizations. He and his wife, Bea, are also involved with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
These and other involvements have been typical for Conover and his wife since he retired from the employee benefits industry in Massachusetts and they moved north to Holderness.
Prior to retirement, Conover was founder and principal of Consolidated Group Trust, an 800-employee business in Framingham, Mass. He served as a director of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, president of the Board of Governors for the Copley (Art) Society of Boston, a director of the Appalachian Mountain Club, and a trustee for the Danforth Museum of Art and the Rivers School. In 1993 he convened a group that led to the formation of the Foundation for Metrowest, a community foundation serving 30 cities and towns west of Boston.
“Woolsey has deep devotion to the White Mountain region and experience in the non-profit sector that includes both museums and higher education,” according to the Museum’s founding director, Catherine Amidon. “He understands the strategic importance of building the Museum’s reputation and audience in these early years,” she added.
A graduate of Princeton University, Conover is also an artist, a painter whose oil works featuring landscapes of the Lakes Region have been exhibited throughout New England.
The Advisory Council of the Museum of the White Mountains is charged with advising the museum director and the wider University on the strategic direction of the new museum and assisting with developing a strong base of visitors, members, donors, and organizational supporters. Current members of the advisory council are: David Govatski; Dick Hamilton; P. Andrews McLane; Rebecca Weeks Sherrill More; Victoria Noel; John W. Small and Bryant F. Tolles, Jr.
A native New Englander, Conover also enjoys travel, hiking and golf in his spare time.