Meet the Trustees

The Honorable
MAGGIE HASSAN
(ex-officio)

January 3, 2013 –


PROFILE:  Governor Hassan earned her B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from the Northeastern School of Law. In addition to serving on the Advisory Committee to the Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission, Governor Hassan also served on the board of Community Development Services and the Disabilities Rights Center. Ex-officio member of the USNH Board of Trustees beginning January 3, 2013, when she became the state’s 81st chief executive.

WILLIAM F. J. ARDINGER
Gubernatorial Appointee

(Liaison to the General Counsel)
2008–2015


PROFILE:  Graduate of University of New Hampshire, (B.A. in economics, 1982); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1985). Attorney, treasurer, and shareholder of Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.C., of Concord. Member of New Hampshire Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules, 2005–present, and Board of Bar Examiners, 2008–present. Former member, 1999–2005, and chair, 2004–2005, of Concord Community Music School. Elected to New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1980 for one term, representing towns of Cornish and Croydon. Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Lynch to a term beginning May 21, 2008, and expiring June 30, 2011; reappointed by Gov. Lynch to a term expiring June 30, 2015.

ROBERT A. BAINES
KSC Alumni-Elected
2011–2015 (1st term)


PROFILE:  Graduate of Keene State College (B.Ed., 1968) and Rivier College (M.Ed., 1974). Director of STEAM Ahead NH; former president of Chester College of New England. Former executive-in-residence and adjunct professor in political science at Southern NH University; mayor of Manchester, NH, 20002006. Member, Manchester Board of School Committee for 10 years, 6 years as chair; principal, Manchester High School West, 19801999. Recipient of Alumni Achievement Award and USNH Granite State Award from KSC. Named Citizen of the Year, 2006, and Educator of the Year, 1996, by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce; named NH Principal of the Year by the NH Association of School Principals, 1990. Past president, NH Association of School Principals; former board member, National Association of Secondary School Principals; member of the 39th Army Band, NH Army National Guard, 19701976. Elected by KSC alumni to serve a four-year term on the USNH Board of Trustees beginning July 1, 2011, and expiring June 30, 2015.

VIRGINIA M. BARRY
Commissioner of Education

(ex-officio)

May 6, 2009 – March 23, 2017

PROFILE:  Graduate of Florida State University (B.S., 1973), Queens College (M.S., 1975), andFlorida State University (Ph.D., 1979). Former professor of advanced graduate studies and provost and vice president of academic affairs at Plymouth State University. Recipient of the Harold Hyde for Distinguished Educational Leadership, 2006, and PSU College of Graduate Studies Award for Outstanding Transformational Leadership, 2006. Past chair, Board of Directors, Just Kids Diagnostic and Treatment Center, NY, 2005. Appointed as commissioner of education by Gov. Lynch and confirmed by the Executive Council to a term beginning May 6, 2009, to March 23, 2013; reappointed by Gov. Hassan and confirmed by the Executive Council to a term beginning March 23, 2013, to March 23, 2017.

ALLISON M. BEDELL (ALLIE)
Student Trustee (KSC)
2013–2014


PROFILE:  Senior at Keene State College pursuing dual-degree in journalism and political science with minors in Spanish and Holocaust and genocide studies. Chair of the Keene State College Republicans, graphic design editor of the Kronicle Yearbook. Student in the honors program. Resident assistant in freshman area. Former field staffer for Richard Foote for State Senate (District 10). Former intern at Pawlenty for President. Member of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars and Phi Delta Epsilon/Alpha Phi Gamma, the Society for Collegiate Journalists. Named a 2012 recipient of the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award. Recipient of the Cheshire Republican Women's Club annual scholarship for commitment to Republican activism,2011, and recipient of Keene State's Winona V. Hubbard Scholarship for academic performance and contributions to campus life, 2012. Elected as representative to the USNH Board of Trustees by the KSC student body to a term expiring June 30, 2013. Elected as student trustee to the USNH Board of Trustees by the KSC student body to a term expiring June 30, 2014.

JUDITH E. BLAKE (JUDE)
UNH Alumni-Elected
(Secretary)
2008–2016 (2nd term)


PROFILE:  Graduate of University of New Hampshire (B.S., 1977) and Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A., 1980). Member of UNH Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2006–present; Dean’s Advisory Board, UNH Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, 2004–present; UNH Foundation Board of Directors, 2000–2011. Co-chair of UNH Alumni Association of Northern California, 2006–2010. Officer of the Cross Roads House Board of Directors, 2011–present; and 6-16 Congress Street Homeowners Association, 2012–present. Former board member, Trunity, Inc., 2012–2014; Global Wine Company, 2005–2010; and International Mental Health Research Organization, 2006–2012. Guest lecturer, UNH Paul College Hospitality Program, 2008–present. Chief marketing officer and executive vice president for Cablecom, GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland, 2001–2005; vice president for marketing, sales, and customer service for AT&T, 1994–2001; marketing executive for G. Heileman Brewing Company, Pepsi-Cola Company, and General Mills, 1980–1994. Elected by UNH alumni to serve a four-year term on the USNH Board of Trustees beginning July 1, 2008; re-elected to a second term expiring June 30, 2016.

RICHARD CAVANAUGH
Student Trustee (GSC)
2013–2014


PROFILE:  Second-year student at Granite State College pursuing B.S. in business management. Named to Dean’s List for spring semester 2013. 2001–present: District sales manager for Frito-Lay North America, a division of Pepsico; responsible for sales territory spanning NH, VT, MA, and NY.

CATHY FURTEK CONWAY
Gubernatorial Appointee

2013–2017

PROFILE: Graduate of University of New Hampshire (B.S. in Civil Engineering, 1984). Vice president of economic development for Northern Community Investment Corporation, 1999–present. Licensed professional engineer and subsurface disposal designer. Graduate of Leadership New Hampshire, 2013; Outstanding Woman in Business Award recipient, 2012. Board member, Coos Economic Development Corporation; advisory board member, White Mountains Community College; treasurer, White Mountains Regional High School Booster Club. Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Hassan to a term beginning October 16, 2013, and expiring June 30, 2017.

FREDERICK C. DEY
UNH Alumni-Elected
2011–2015 (1st term)


PROFILE:  Graduate of University of New Hampshire (B.A. in English, 1984) and University of North Carolina, Kenan Flagler School of Business (M.B.A., 1988). Financial advisor, RBC Wealth Management. Board member, 2002–present, and second vice president, 2005–2007, of UNH Alumni Board. President, UNH Alumni Association, 2007–2009; member, UNH Foundation Board, 2007–2009. Board member: United Way of Greater Portland Foundation, 2007–2011; Literacy Volunteers of Maine, 2006–2011; Christmas Cove Improvement Association, 2007–2010; United Way of Greater Portland Campaign Cabinet, 2005–2006; Swim Across America, 1992–2001. Recipient of UNH Alumni Meritorious Service Award, 2010. Elected by UNH alumni to serve a four-year term on the USNH Board of Trustees beginning July 1, 2011, and expiring June 30, 2015.

PAMELA DIAMANTIS
Gubernatorial Appointee
(Chair)
2008–2016

PROFILE:  Graduate of Southern New Hampshire University (B.A. in economics and finance). Principal of Curbstone Financial Management Corporation, an independent, registered investment advisory firm. Former regional president of U.S. Trust Company and former president of State Street Bank and Trust Company of New Hampshire. Member of Boards of Trustees for Currier Museum of Art and Greater Manchester Family YMCA. Professional membership in AIMR and the Boston Security Analyst Society. Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Lynch to a term beginning October 22, 2008, and expiring June 30, 2012; reappointed by Gov. Lynch to a term expiring June 30, 2016.

GEORGE EPSTEIN
Gubernatorial Appointee
2002–2014


PROFILE:  Graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A., 1972) and University of Maine-Portland (M.B.A.). Chair of The Echo Group, a software firm that develops electronic clinical records and administrative systems for behavioral health care and social service agencies. Town and school moderator for Madison, New Hampshire. Board memberships have included MWV Economic Council, The Memorial Hospital of North Conway, and Northern Community Investment Corporation. Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Shaheen to a term beginning June 26, 2002, and expiring June 30, 2006; reappointed by Gov. Lynch to a term expiring June 30, 2010; reappointed by Gov. Lynch to a term expiring June 30, 2014.

ELIZABETH K. HOADLEY
UNH Alumni-Elected
2006–2014 (2nd term)


PROFILE:  Graduate of University of New Hampshire (B.A. in economics, 1957, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; M.A. in education, 1972). Member, 1999 to present, and president, 2004–2005, of UNH Alumni Association Board; UNH Foundation emeriti director. Member of New Hampshire House of Representatives, 1997–2000, and Concord School Board, 1995–2009; Chairperson, Concord School District Charter Commission 2010-2011. Affiliate of Leadership Concord and Leadership New Hampshire. Elected by UNH alumni to serve a four-year term on the USNH Board of Trustees beginning April 7, 2006, and expiring June 30, 2010; re-elected to a second term expiring June 30, 2014.

CHESTER E. HOMER, III
Gubernatorial Appointee
2008–2016


PROFILE:  Graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A., 1973) and Northeastern University (M.B.A., 1974). Owner of Shawnee Peak, one of New England’s oldest ski areas. Former chair of Ocean National Bank, Portsmouth, and Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, New England Advisory Council. Former owner of Portland Pirates AHL hockey team. Chairman of the New England Ski Areas Council. Director of the National Ski Areas Association. Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Lynch to a term beginning June 30, 2008, and expiring June 30, 2012; reappointed by Gov. Lynch to a term expiring June 30, 2016.

MARK W. HUDDLESTON
President, University of New Hampshire
(ex-officio)

July 1, 2007 –


PROFILE:  Graduate of SUNY Buffalo (B.A., 1972) and University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.A., 1973; Ph.D., 1978). Former president of Ohio Wesleyan University. Appointed the 19th president of the University of New Hampshire on April 18, 2007. Ex-officio member of the USNH Board of Trustees effective July 1, 2007, when he assumed the presidency of the University of New Hampshire.

ANNE E. HUOT
President, Keene State College
(ex-officio)

July 1, 2013 –


PROFILE:  Graduate of University of New Hampshire (B.S., 1980) and University of Vermont (M.S., 1987; PhD, 1990). Former provost of SUNY Brockport. Appointed the 10th president of Keene State College on July 1, 2013.  Ex-officio member of the USNH Board of Trustees.

TODD J. LEACH
Chancellor
(ex-officio)

July 1, 2010 –


PROFILE:  Graduate of Worcester State College (B.S., 1983); Bentley University (M.B.A., 1985); and Northeastern University (Ph.D., 2008). Former senior associate dean and chief academic officer of the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University; executive director of the School of Education; associate professor and director of business programs at Lasell College. Ex-officio member of the USNH Board of Trustees effective July 1, 2010, when he was appointed the fourth president of Granite State College on April 8, 2010. Elected by the board of trustees to serve as chancellor June 28, 2013.

JOHN H. LYNCH
Gubernatorial Appointee

2013–2017

PROFILE: Graduate of University of New Hampshire (B.A., 1974); Harvard (M.B.A.); and Georgetown University (J.D.). Associate dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration from 19821991. Former president of the UNH Alumni Association, a former president and member of UNH’s Meritorious Service Association. Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Shaheen to a term beginning January 5, 2000, and expiring June 30, 2003; reappointed by Gov. Benson. Ex-officio member of the USNH Board of Trustees beginning January 6, 2005, when he became the state’s 79th chief executive. Appointed to the USNH Board o Trustees by Gov. Hassan to a term beginning September 4, 2013, and expiring June 30, 2017.

LORRAINE S. MERRILL
Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food
(ex-officio)

November 28, 2007 – November 18, 2017

PROFILE:  Graduate of University of New Hampshire (B.S., 1973). Partner in family-owned and operated dairy farm, with more than 20 years of experience in agricultural journalism and technical writing specializing in the environment and planning; active on sustainable agricultural councils and other boards. A 2007 Food and Society Policy Fellow, supported by the Kellogg Foundation and the Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute. Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees on September 17, 1997, by Gov. Shaheen; reappointed by Gov. Shaheen to a term expiring June 30, 2005. Appointed as commissioner of agriculture by Gov. Lynch and confirmed by the Executive Council to a term beginning November 28, 2007, to November 18, 2017.

JOSEPH G. MORONE
Gubernatorial Appointee

2013–2014

PROFILE:  Graduate of Hamilton College (B.A., 1974) and Yale University (Ph.D., 1981). President and chief executive officer of Albany International Corp., a global advanced textiles and materials processing company. Former president of Bentley University, 1997–2004; and dean of the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1993–1997. Member of the Albany International Corp. Board of Directors; presiding director of Transworld Entertainment Corporation. Former chairman of the Board of Trustees of Tufts-New England Medical Center and its Floating Hospital for Children; vice-chairman of the Waltham Hospital Board of Trustees; member of the Massachusetts High-Tech Council Board of Directors. Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Hassan to a term beginning May 1, 2013, and expiring June 30, 2014.

KENNETH C. MOULTON
Gubernatorial Appointee

2012–2015

PROFILE:  Graduate of Plymouth State College (B.S., 1973). President of Concord Board of Realtors, 1981, and Realtor of the Year, 1982. Member of the Friends Program Board of Directors and United Way of Concord Board of Directors, chair of major giving. President of Bow Rotary Club, 1999–2000, and Paul Harris Fellow. Vice president of Friends of Bridges Property, 2006–2011, and executive director, 2012. Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Lynch to a term beginning February 8, 2012, and expiring June 30, 2015.

TIMOTHY M. RILEY
UNH Alumni-Elected
2009–2017 (2nd term)


PROFILE:  Graduate of University of New Hampshire (B.S., 1976); College for Financial Planning (M.S., 1993); and Leadership Manchester (1994). Certified financial planner; treasurer and shareholder of The Harbor Group, Inc., in Bedford. Past Board of Directors member and current Finance Committee member of the NH Special Olympics. Past president of NH Employee Benefit Council. Member of Board of Directors for Child Health Services in Manchester and for Home Health and Hospice Care in Nashua. Elected by UNH alumni to serve a four-year term on the USNH Board of Trustees beginning July 1, 2009, and expiring June 30, 2013; re-elected to a second term expiring June 30, 2017.

JOHN R. RIST
Gubernatorial Appointee

2013–2017

PROFILE:  Graduate of Central Connecticut State University (B.S., 1972); Southern New Hampshire University (M.S., 1985); and University of New Hampshire (C.A.G.S., 1993). Currently retired. Former governor-appointed member of the NH State School Board, 2011–2013. Principal, Manchester High School West, 2013; principal, Manchester Central High School, 1999–2011; principal, Manchester School of Technology, 1988–1999. Director, Manchester Apprenticeship programs, Adult Education and Adult English as a Second Language, and member of State Apprenticeship Council, 1984–1988. Director, Tech-NH, and state advisor for DECA. Former adjunct professor, Southern NH University and Notre Dame College. President and founder, WEST High Blue Knights Foundation; founder and member, Central Pride Foundation. Co-founder, Vocational Partnership Foundation, 1984. Current ski coach, Central High School Alpine Ski Team. Appointed to USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Hassan to a term beginning October 16, 2013, and expiring June 30, 2017.

JOHN W. SMALL
Gubernatorial Appointee
(Vice Chair)

2010–2015

PROFILE:  Graduate of University of New Hampshire (B.A., 1976, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude). Retired managing director of Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson), a global human resources, financial, and risk management consulting firm. More than 30 years of experience in human resources consulting, with expertise in employee benefits design, financing, communication, and implementation, as well as human resources strategy and alignment of human resources programs to support overall organizational goals. Member of Towers Perrin Board of Directors, 2004–2010. Member of the UNH Foundation Board; member of the Advisory Committee of the Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University. Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Lynch to a term beginning June 23, 2010, and expiring June 30, 2011; reappointed by Gov. Lynch to a term expiring June 30, 2015.

HENRY B. STEBBINS
Gubernatorial Appointee
2006–2016

  

PROFILE:  Graduate of University of New Hampshire (B.A.) and Boston University (J.D.). Senior partner of Stebbins, Lazos & Van Der Beken, P.A. Member of the American, New Hampshire, and Manchester Bar Associations (president, 1984–1985). Director and legal counsel for Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, 1999–2001; director, United Way of Greater Manchester, 1990–1994; chair, Vocational Partnership Foundation, 1988–1991; trustee, Manchester Girls and Boys Club, 1983–2004. Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Lynch to a term beginning January 11, 2006, and expiring June 30, 2008; reappointed by Gov. Lynch to a term expiring June 30, 2012; reappointed by Gov. Lynch to a term expiring June 30, 2016. 

SARA JAYNE STEEN
President, Plymouth State University
(ex-officio)

July 1, 2006 –


PROFILE:  Graduate of Bowling Green State University (B.S., 1970; Ph.D., 1978) and The Ohio State University (M.A., 1974). Former dean of the College of Letters and Science at Montana State University; American Council on Education Fellow in Higher Education Leadership at the University of Delaware; and department chair and professor of English at Montana State University. Recipient of awards for teaching and research; author or editor of seven books / special journal issues; member, American Council on Education Commission on Effective Leadership, 2007–2010. Ex-officio member of the USNH Board of Trustees effective July 1, 2006, when she became the 14th president of Plymouth State University.

WALLACE R. STEVENS
PSU Alumni-Elected
2011–2015 (1st term)


PROFILE:  Graduate of Plymouth State University (B.Ed., 1962). Executive director of Global Aquaculture Alliance, an organization promoting and certifying responsible practices in the farming of seafood around the world. Director of Responsible Aquaculture Foundation. Retired president of Slade Gorton & Co. in Boston. Founder and chair from 20042011 of the Plymouth State University President's Council. With his wife Meredith, in 2007, created PSU's first endowed professorship, the Stevens-Bristow Professor of Education. Elected by PSU alumni to serve a four-year term on the USNH Board of Trustees beginning July 1, 2011, and expiring June 30, 2015.