Former Gov. Lynch Joins USNH board

September 6th, 2013 by Heather

    Former Gov. Lynch Joins USNH board

    Friday, September 6, 2013

    CONCORD — Former Gov. John Lynch has rejoined the University System of New Hampshire’s board of trustees.

    Lynch was nominated by Gov. Maggie Hassan and unanimously approved by the Executive Council.

    Before his service as Governor, Lynch was the USNH board chairman. The former Governor will replace lobbyist and former Senate President Edward Dupont of Durham, a 10-year trustee, who also served as the board chair for several terms.

    “I am honored to return to the USNH board of trustees,” said Lynch. “Higher education faces many challenges, including shifting student demographics and the integration of new technologies enabling students to gain a quality education at reduced cost. I am excited to rejoin the board, focused on making sure our public schools of higher education continue to move forward as strong leaders in maintaining and expanding a highly educated workforce, committed to the success of our state.”

    “John is truly committed to the state of New Hampshire and understands the merit USNH adds to the state and its citizens. His proven leadership in both government and business will be of tremendous help, as we continue to work toward maximizing the value we offer our students,” said Pamela Diamantis, USNH board chairwoman.

    “We are excited to have John Lynch return to the board of trustees,” said Dr. Todd Leach, chancellor of USNH. His insight into government and business will be critical to this board, as we continue to seek innovative ways to partner with businesses and graduate more students prepared for this increasingly competitive environment.”

    Lynch served as New Hampshire’s governor for an unprecedented four terms. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire, a master’s degree from Harvard Business School, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Previously, he was admissions director at Harvard Business School and served as president and CEO of Knoll, Inc., a Pennsylvania furniture company.

    The four-year trustee term for Lynch would run through June 30, 2017.

    The 27-member USNH board is responsible for the oversight of the University system, which includes the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Keene State College, and Granite State College.

    USNH trustees tap Greenland woman as new chair

    July 10th, 2013 by Lynn

      Pamela Diamantis

      LEE — A Manchester-based financial adviser is the new chair of the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees, following the election of officers on July 3.

      Pamela Diamantis, a resident of Greenland and principal at Curbstone Financial Management in Manchester, was elected chair after serving a year as vice-chair.

      In her five years on the board she also served as head of the Financial Affairs Committee, and was active in forging partnerships that helped better align USNH programs with the workforce development needs of the state.

      “With today’s competitive business environment, providing a strong and sustainable connection between industry and higher education is a top priority that will help strengthen the system and provide students in New Hampshire a solid foundation for success,” she said.

      Diamantis replaces retired state Supreme Court justice Richard Galway, whose term on the board expired on June 30. A former regional president of U.S. Trust Company and former president of State Street Bank and Trust Company of New Hampshire, she was appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. John Lynch in 2008 and re-appointed to another four-year term in 2012.

      John Small of New Castle was elected vice chair; Judith E. (Jude) Blake of Portsmouth was elected secretary; and William Ardinger of Concord was reelected as board liaison to the general counsel. All the appointments are effective July 1 for one-year terms.

      Small is a retired managing director of Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson), a global human resources, financial, and risk management consulting firm.

      Blake is a retired marketing executive for several multi-national corporations, while Ardinger is an attorney who serves as treasurer and shareholder at Rath, Young and Pignatelli in Concord.

      “This is a dynamic group that looks forward to building and strengthening relationships with our state’s elected leaders as we advance our mission to deliver first-rate education, research and outreach for New Hampshire,” said Dr. Todd Leach, chancellor of the University System.

      The 27-member Board is responsible for the oversight of the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Keene State College and Granite State College.

       

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