As a public college and university system, our work is conducted on behalf of the people of New Hampshire. Here you'll find information about the University System's Board of Trustees news and events, meetings, and the work of the Chancellor's Office.
The University System of New Hampshire is directed by a 27-member Board of Trustees comprising the Governor of the State, 11 Governor-appointed members, 6 alumni-elected members, 2 student-elected members, the Commissioner of Education, the Commissioner of Agriculture, the presidents of the University System's four colleges and universities, and the Chancellor. The Chancellor is the chief executive officer of the University System.
Board of Trustees Officers for 2016-2017:
Chair - Timothy M. Riley
Vice Chair - John W. Small
Secretary - Amy B. Begg
Board of Trustees Members and Biographies:
The Honorable MAGGIE HASSAN
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.
KASSANDRA SPANOS ARDINGER
2016 - 2020
PROFILE: Graduate of George Washington University (J.D., 1985) and Dartmouth College (B.A., 1982). Clerked for administrative law judges in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C. (1985-1987); practiced law in Claremont, NH, with her father, Charles V. Spanos. Serves many nonprofits including HEAR in New Hampshire (1999-2007); Child and Family Services (2005-2008); Concord Board of Education (2007-2015); New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (2014-present); Concord School District, treasurer (elected 2011, 2015); Concord Community Music School (2015-present). Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Hassan to a term beginning June 30, 2016 and expiring June 30, 2020.
ROBERT A. BAINES
2011 – 2019 (2nd term)
PROFILE: Graduate of Keene State College (B.Ed., 1968); 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, 2000–2006. Member, Manchester Board of School Committee for 10 years, 6 years as chair; principal, Manchester High School West, 1980–1999. 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, 1970–1976. 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; re-elected to serve second term ending June 30, 2019.
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); Florida 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.
AMY B. BEGG
2015 – 2019 (1st term)
PROFILE: Graduate of Plymouth State University (B.S., 1997). Deputy Director of Research at Harvard University. As a consultant, worked with more than 30 non-profits across all genres including schools, museums, philanthropic advisory firms and higher education. Director of Research for YMCA of Greater New York, 2000-2003. Member and past chair of Plymouth State University Alumni Association Board of Directors. Member of New England Development Research Association; chair of annual conference. Elected by PSU alumni to serve a four-year term on the USNH Board of Trustees beginning July 1, 2015 and expiring June 30, 2019.
DONALD L. BIRX
President, Plymouth State University (ex-officio)
July 31, 2015 –
PROFILE: Graduate of U.C. Berkeley (B.S. 1974); Miami University (Ohio) (M.S. 1976, M.B.A. Finance 1980); University of Dayton (Ph.D. 1990). Former chancellor of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Appointed the 15th president of Plymouth State University on May 14, 2015. Ex-officio member of the USNH Board of Trustees effective July 31, 2015 when he assumed the presidency of Plymouth State University.
TODD R. BLACK
2014 – 2018 (1st term)
PROFILE: Graduate of the University of New Hampshire (B.S., 1987, varsity basketball, 1984-1987); Southern New Hampshire University (MBA, 1995); Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Executive Program for Growing Companies (2004). Senior executive, Unitil Corporation (1998-present); market development, ProvGas and Southern Company (1997-1998); sales and marketing, Bay State Gas Company/Northern Utilities (1989-1997). Member, Dean’s Advisory Board for the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics (2008-present); New Hampshire Business and Industry Association Board (2012-present); UNH Alumni Association Board (2014-present). Elected by UNH alumni to serve a four-year term on the USNH Board of Trustees beginning July 1, 2014, and expiring June 30, 2018.
CATHY FURTEK CONWAY
2013 – 2017
PROFILE: Graduate of the 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 (TED)
2011 – 2019 (2nd term)
PROFILE: Graduate of the University of New Hampshire (B.A. in English, 1984); 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; re-elected to second term ending June 30, 2019.
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; re-appointed 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); 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.
ANNE E. HUOT
President, Keene State College (ex-officio)
July 1, 2013 -
PROFILE: Graduate of the University of New Hampshire (B.S., 1980); 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.
SHAWN N. JASPER
Speaker of the House (ex-officio, non-voting)
September 16, 2015 - December 1, 2018
PROFILE: Ex-officio member of the USNH Board of Trustees pursuant to HB 2 (2015) and RSA 187-A:13.
TODD J. LEACH
Chancellor, University System of New Hampshire (ex-officio)
July 1, 2010 -
PROFILE: Graduate of Worcester State College (B.S., 1983); Bentley University (M.B.A., 1985); 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. Appointed Interim Chancellor March 1, 2013 through July 1, 2013. Appointed Chancellor on July 1, 2013.
LORRAINE S. MERRILL
Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food (ex-officio)
November 28, 2007 – November 18, 2017
PROFILE: Graduate of the 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; re-appointed 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, 2012; re-appointed by Gov. Hassan and confirmed by the Executive Council to a term expiring November 18, 2017.
JOSEPH G. MORONE
2013 – 2018
PROFILE: Graduate of Hamilton College (B.A., 1974); 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 Board of Directors of Albany International Corp., 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 Board of Trustees of Waltham Hospital, and member of the Board of Directors of Massachusetts High-Tech Council. Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Hassan to a term beginning May 1, 2013, and expiring June 30, 2014; re-appointed by Gov. Hassan to a term expiring June 30, 2018.
CHARLES W. MORSE
Senate President (ex-officio, non-voting)
September 16, 2015 - December 1, 2018
PROFILE: Ex-officio member of the USNH Board of Trustees pursuant to HB 2 (2015) and RSA 187-A:13.
KENNETH C. MOULTON
2012 – 2019
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; re-appointed by Gov. Hassan to a term expiring June 30, 2019.
CHRISTOPHER M. POPE
2015 - 2017
PROFILE: Graduate of Granite State College (B.A., 2004); U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA (M.A., Security Studies, 2006). Former NH Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Homeland Security Advisor to Governor John Lynch 2007-2013. Former member Concord, NH Fire Department 1977-2006 (serving as Chief 2002-2006). Former Vice-Chair, Northeast States Emergency Consortium and member Board of Directors of the International Emergency Management Group. Currently mostly retired and serving as Adjunct Faculty, Endicott College, Van Loan School of Graduate Studies; Member of Board of Directors and Treasurer, Center for Homeland Defense and Security Association; President’s Advisory Board, Granite State College; Member of the St. Paul’s School Executive Risk Committee. Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees to a term beginning December 18, 2015, and expiring June 30, 2017.
TIMOTHY M. RILEY
2009 – 2017 (2nd term)
PROFILE: Graduate of the University of New Hampshire (B.S., 1976); College for Financial Planning (M.S., 1993); Leadership Manchester (1994). Certified financial planner; treasurer and shareholder of The Harbor Group, Inc., in Bedford, NH. Past Board of Directors member of the New Hampshire Special Olympics. Past president of the New Hampshire Employee Benefits Council. Current member of the Board of Directors for Child Health Services in Manchester and past board member of the Home Health 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
2013 – 2017
PROFILE: Graduate of Central Connecticut State University (B.S., 1972); Southern New Hampshire University (M.S., 1985); 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.
President, Granite State College (ex-officio)
March 31, 2015 -
PROFILE: Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.; M.S. Ed.), Penn State University (Ph.D.). Appointed the 6th president of Granite State College on March 31, 2015. Ex-officio member of the USNH Board of Trustees effective March 31, 2015.
J. MORGAN RUTMAN
2016 - 2020 (1st term)
PROFILE: Graduated with honors from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire (1984). Currently president of Willoughby Capital Holdings, a Single Family Office (SFO) private investment company established in 2009. Founded Harvest Management LLC, a multi-strategy hedge fund focused on merger arbitrage, long/short investing and event driven situations; prior to Harvest, he was one of the four founding partners of Farallon Partners, a hedge fund specializing in merger arbitrage and distressed securities/bankruptcy investing. Previously co-managed Steinhardt Partners' merger arbitrage portfolio; began investment career at Dillon Read as an analyst in its merger arbitrage department. Served on the UNH Foundation (2001-present, chairman 2014-present). He and his wife, Tara Rutman, provided generous support in many ways to the University. In addition to establishing two named scholarships, the Rutmans have supported the Stadium and track renovations. In honor of his parents, Darrett B. Rutman and Anita H. Rutman, they established the Distinguished Lecture Series on the American Presidency, in collaboration with the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series. Elected by UNH alumni to serve a four-year term on the USNH Board of Trustees expiring June 30, 2020.
JOHN W. SMALL
2010 – 2019
PROFILE: Graduate of the 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; re-appointed by Gov. Lynch to a term expiring June 30, 2015; re-appointed by Gov. Hassan to a term expiring June 30, 2019.
WALLACE R. STEVENS
Gubernatorial Appointee 2015 - 2017
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, Plymouth State University President's Council, chair 2004-2011. 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. Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Hassan to a term beginning August 26, 2015 and expiring June 30, 2017.
MICHAEL A. VLACICH
2014 – 2018
PROFILE: Graduate of the University of New Hampshire (B.A., 1995). Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Hassan to a term beginning December 23, 2014, and expiring June 30, 2018.
ALEXANDER J. WALKER, JR.
2016 - 2020
PROFILE: Veteran of U.S. Marine Corps (1981-1984); graduate of University of Massachusetts, Boston (B.A., 1989) and Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 1992); served as student trustee on the University of Massachusetts System Board of Trustees (1988-1989). Executive vice president for operations and strategic development at Catholic Medical Center (2012 to present); previously oversaw strategic planning and policy initiatives at Devine, Millimet and Branch, P.A., Manchester (1992-2011); served as the firm’s president and chairman (2006-2011). Community and board service includes Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (2005 to present); NH Business and Industry Associations (2011-present); Palace Theatre (2007-present, chairman 2014-present); Granite United Way (2007-present, chairman of 2009 annual campaign, which raised a record-setting $3.7 million); Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund (2007-present); City Year-NH (2011-2015); NH Business Committee for the Arts (2011-present); NH Bar Association (2005-2011); NH Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission (2007-2012); Crotched Mountain (2015-present); Daniel Webster Boy Scouts Council (chairman, 2011 Distinguished Citizen Award Winner).