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.

Officers for 2014-2015:

Chair - Pamela Diamantis
Vice Chair - John W. Small
Secretary - Judith (Jude) Blake


The Board accomplishes much of its work through its standing committees:

Executive Committee

Educational Excellence Committee

Financial Affairs Committee

Finance Committee on Investments

Governance Committee
Audit Committee

Governor (ex-officio) | 2013 -

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.


Todd J. Leach, Ph.D. is the seventh Chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire (USNH), New Hampshire’s four-year public higher education system comprised of the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Keene State College and Granite State College. The combined operating budget of USNH is in excess of nine hundred million dollars per year, and the system touts one of the best public returns on investment with the lowest per-capita state support and one of the highest degree attainment rates of any public system, as well as the lowest student loan default rates of... Read More

KSC Alumni-Elected | 2011–2015 (1st term)

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... Read More

Commissioner of Education (ex-officio) | 2009-2017

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... Read More

UNH Alumni-Elected | 2014 - 2018 (1st Term)

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);... Read More

UNH Alumni-Elected (Secretary) | 2008-2016 (2nd term)

Graduate of University of New Hampshire (B.S., 1977); Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A., 1980). Member of UNH Foundation Board of Directors, 2000–present; UNH Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2006–present; Dean’s Advisory Board, UNH Whittemore School of Business and Economics, 2004–present. Co-chair of UNH Alumni Association of Northern California, 2008–2010, and UNH NorCal Alumni Steering Committee, 2006–2008. Member of Global Wine Company Board of Directors, 2005–2010, and International Mental Health Research Organization, 2006–present. Marketing executive for... Read More

Gubernatorial Appointee | 2013-2017

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... Read More

UNH Alumni-Elected | 2011-2015 (1st term)

Graduate of 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... Read More

Gubernatorial Appointee (Chair) | 2008-2016

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,... Read More

Gubernatorial Appointee | 2008-2016

Graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A., 1973); 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.

President, University of New Hampshire (ex-officio) | 2007-

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 effective July 1, 2007, when he assumed the presidency of the University of New Hampshire.

President, Keene State College (ex-officio) | 2013-

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.

Gubernatorial Appointee | 2013-2017

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 1982-1991.  Former president of the UNH Alumni Association, a former president and member of UNH’s Meritorious Service Association.  Appointed to the Board by Gov. Shaheen to a term beginning January 5, 2000 and expiring June 30, 2003; reappointed by Gov. Benson.  Ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees beginning January 6, 2005 when he became the State’s 79th Chief Executive. Appointed to the Board by Gov... Read More

Student Trustee (UNH) | 2014-2015

Senior, University of New Hampshire, majoring in political science, economics, and international affairs. Interests in public policy, impact investing, and sustainable finance. Former UNH student body president; former chair of Student Activity Fee Committee ($1.5M). Interned at Merrill Lynch on its Environmental, Social, and Governance team; interned at UNH Foundation, involved in establishing UNH’s sustainable investment sleeve. Elected by UNH student body to serve a one-year term on the USNH Board of Trustees beginning July 1, 2014, and expiring June 30, 2015.

Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food (ex-officio) | 2007-2017

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... Read More

Gubernatorial Appointee | 2013-2018

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... Read More

Gubernatorial Appointee | 2012-2015

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.

UNH Alumni-Elected | 2009-2017 (2nd term)

Graduate of 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. Past Board of Directors member and current Finance Committee member of the New Hampshire Special Olympics. Past president of New Hampshire 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... Read More

Gubernatorial Appointee | 2013-2017

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... Read More

President, Granite State College (ex-officio) | 2015-

University of Pennsylvania (B.A. and M.S.); Penn State University (Ph.D.).  Former Vice President for Student and Academic Services at University of New Hampshire in Durham; served in various capacities related to enrollment management and academic support as well.  Former Director of Admissions at the University of South Florida. Ex-officio member of the USNH Board of Trustees effective March 31, 2015, when he became the 6th president of Granite State College.

Student Trustee (KSC) | 2014-2015

Senior, Keene State College, majoring in business management with minor in economics. Intends to pursue master in finance degree and position as financial analyst at an investment bank, primarily in Boston or NYC. Chief financial officer, Keene State Investment Group (2014). President and co-founder of Keene State Debate Club (2012-2014); member, Keene State Ski Club (2011-2014); secretary, Class of 2015 (2012); treasurer, Class of 2015 (2013). Elected by KSC student body to serve a one-year term on the USNH Board of Trustees beginning July 1, 2014, and expiring June 30, 2015.

Gubernatorial Appointee (Vice Chair) | 2010-2015

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... Read More

Gubernatorial Appointee | 2006-2016

Graduate of University of New Hampshire (B.A.); 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;... Read More

President, Plymouth State University (ex-officio) | 2006-

Graduate of Bowling Green State University (B.S., 1970; Ph.D., 1978), 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... Read More

PSU Alumni-Elected | 2011-2015 (1st term)

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 2004–2011 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... Read More

Gubernatorial Appointee | 2014-2018

Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Hassan to a term beginning December 23, 2014, and expiring June 30, 2018.