Trustee Biographies

The Honorable CHRISTOPHER T. SUNUNU
(ex-officio)
January 5, 2017 –

PROFILE: Ex-officio member of the USNH Board of Trustees beginning January 5, 2017 when he became the state’s 82nd chief executive.

 

KASSANDRA SPANOS ARDINGER
Gubernatorial Appointee
2016 - 2020
(Secretary)

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.

 

AMY B. BEGG
PSU Alumni-Elected
2015 – 2023 (2nd 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; re-elected to a second term ending June 30, 2023.

 

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
UNH Alumni-Elected
2014 – 2022 (2nd 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; re-elected to a second term ending June 30, 2022.

 

JAMES P. BURNETT, III (JAMIE)
Gubernatorial Appointee
2017 - 2022
(Vice Chair)

PROFILE: Graduate of the University of New Hampshire (MAT, 1998; MPA, 1996; BA, 1995). Consultant at Sight Line Public Affairs LLC (Present); Principal at Profile Strategy Group, LLC (2009-2018) and Advantage Government Affairs, LLC (2018); served as senior legislative aide to Senators Judd Gregg (1999-2002) and John E. Sununu (2003-2007) in Washington, DC; served as a volunteer director to several non-profit and advisory boards, including the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Foundation (2011-2014); Manchester Community Health Center (2009-2014, Chairman 2011-2014); St. Thomas Aquinas High School Alumni Leadership Council (2009-2014); Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy (2013-2018). Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Sununu to a term beginning April 5, 2017 and expiring June 30, 2018; re-appointed by Gov. Sununu to a term expiring June 30, 2022.

 

JAMES W. DEAN, JR.
President, University of New Hampshire (ex-officio)
July 1, 2018 - 

PROFILE: Graduate of Catholic University of America (B.A., 1978); Carnegie Mellon University, Graduate School of Industrial Administration (M.S., 1980); Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business (Ph.D., 1983). Former Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost, UNC Chapel Hill. Appointed the 20th president of the University of New Hampshire on April 4, 2018. Ex-officio member of the USNH Board of Trustees effective July 1, 2018.

 

M. JACQUELINE EASTWOOD
Gubernatorial Appointee
2017 - 2021

PROFILE: Entrepreneur and philanthropist who has lived in Durham for the past 18 years. Successful track record not only in business, but in education, having started a successful school in Cambodia and having worked recently with several UNH-affiliated entities. Currently serves as Secretary on the Wentworth-Douglass Foundation Board, Board Member of The Global Child, and Chairman of the Board of Quatic Apparel. Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Sununu to a term beginning August 23, 2017 and expiring June 30, 2021.

 

FRANK L. EDELBLUT
Commissioner of Education (ex-officio)
February 16, 2017 - March 23, 2021

PROFILE: Graduate of University of Rhode Island (B.S., 1983); Masters of Theological Studies from the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, 2015. Former Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. During his term in the House, served on the Finance Committee, Special Committee on Pensions and the Child and Family Law Committee. Started as a Certified Public Accountant with a large international accounting firm many years ago and briefly worked as a Chief Financial Officer for a public company. In 1990, started his own company that was sold to a French firm in 2009. Since then he has been creating jobs as an active investor in early stage companies across a range of industries including technology, med-tech, and even a wine company. Appointed as commissioner of education by Gov. Sununu and confirmed by the Executive Council to a term beginning February 16, 2017 to March 31, 2017; re-appointed by Gov. Sununu to a term expiring March 23, 2021.

 

CATHY J. GREEN
UNH Alumni-Elected
2017 - 2021 (1st term)

PROFILE: Graduate of Trinity College (Hartford, Ct. 1974) and the University of New Hampshire School of Law - formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center (1977). Partner at Green & Utter PA in Manchester, NH focusing on criminal defense. Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers; recognized as a Champion of Liberty by the New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers which she co-founded and served as President of from 1989-2001; President of the New Hampshire Public Defender Board of Directors; Member of the Board of Trustees for the Franklin Pierce Law Center/UNH School of Law from 2003, which she chaired from 2011-2014 when it merged with the University of New Hampshire. Elected by UNH alumni to serve a four-year term on the USNH Board of Trustees beginning in 2017 and expiring in 2021.

 

GEORGE S. HANSEL
Gubernatorial Appointee
2019 - 2023

Graduate of Saint Lawrence University (B.A. 2009). Co-owner of Filtrine Manufacturing Company in Keene; Keene City Council (2016 -2019); Governor's Millennial Advisory Council (2017-present). Serves on various city committee and non-profit boards. Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Sununu to a term beginning July 1, 2019 and expiring June 30, 2023.

 

SHAWN N. JASPER
Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food (ex-officio)
November 22, 2017 - November 18, 2022
Speaker of the House (ex-officio, non-voting) 2015 - 2017

PROFILE: Ex-officio member of the USNH Board of Trustees pursuant to HB 2 (2015) and RSA 187-A:13 from September 16, 2015 to November 30, 2017; appointed as commissioner of agriculture by Gov. Sununu and confirmed by the Executive Council to a term beginning November 22, 2017 to November 18, 2022.

 

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.

 

TYLER MINNICH
GSC Student Trustee
2020 - 2021

 

JOSEPH G. MORONE
Gubernatorial Appointee
2013 – 2022
(Chair)

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; re-appointed by Gov. Sununu to a term expiring June 30, 2022.

 

MICHAEL J. PILOT
UNH Alumni-Elected
2019 - 2023 (1st term)

PROFILE:  Graduate of the University of New Hampshire (B.S., 1984). Managing Partner at Spur Acquisitions. Retired officer at GE (2015). Roles included president GE Capital Small Business Finance, president GE Capital Equipment Finance, president NBC Universal Ad Sales. Served on UNH foundation board 2008-2018. Serves on the Paul College Dean’s Advisory Council and NH Charitable Foundation Regional Board. Elected by UNH alumni to serve a four-year term on the USNH Board of Trustees beginning July 1, 2019 and expiring June 30, 2023.

 

CHRISTOPHER M. POPE
GSC Alumni-Elected
2016 - 2021 (2nd term)

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; Member of Board of Directors and President, Center for Homeland Defense and Security Association; President’s Advisory Board, Granite State College. Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees to a term beginning December 18, 2016 and expiring June 30, 2017; re-elected to a second term expiring June 30, 2021.

 

MARK RUBINSTEIN
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
UNH Alumni–Elected
2016 - 2024 (2nd 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; re-elected to a second term expiring June 30, 2024.

 

MICHAEL SHANNON
PSU Student Trustee
2020 - 2021

 

MARJORIE K. SMITH, designee for Speaker of the House Stephen Shurtleff
Designee for Speaker of the House of Representatives (ex-officio)
December 17, 2018 - 

PROFILE: Serving eleventh term in the New Hampshire House. Chaired the House Finance and Fiscal Committees and currently is chairing the House Judiciary Committee. Served on the Public Higher Education Advisory Committee. First chair of the board of the New Hampshire Women’s Policy Institute (NHWPI). Before her election she was the national executive director of WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions), an organization that was committed to reordering federal priorities and to increasing women’s involvement in elective office. Smith worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and chaired, for many years, the Maryland Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Worked on the President’s Appalachian Regional Commission, and was assistant to the first chair of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Chaired the board of the Maryland Committee for Day Care, and subsequently served on the staff, advocating for availability of and standards for quality child care. First chair of the Durham Public Library, planning the transition from UNH, and served on several Durham Master Plan committees. Treasurer of the Durham Historic Association. Earned degree of master of public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Ex-officio member of the USNH Board of Trustees pursuant to HB 2 (2015) and RSA 187-A:13, VIII and IX.

 

DONNA M. SOUCY, President of the Senate
(ex-officio)
December 20, 2018 - 

PROFILE: Ex-officio member of the USNH Board of Trustees pursuant to HB 2 (2015) and RSA 187-A:13, VIII and IX.

 

WALLACE R. STEVENS
Gubernatorial Appointee 2015 - 2021
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; re-appointed by Gov. Sununu to a term beginning September 27, 2017 and expiring June 30, 2021.

 

GREGG R. TEWKSBURY
Gubernatorial Appointee
2020 - 2023

PROFILE: President and Chief Executive Officer of New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp (NHMB), a $2.7 billion mutual savings bank holding company based in Concord, New Hampshire. NHMB is the parent company for three community banks throughout NH as well as a state-chartered trust company with $1 billion of assets under management. Prior to joining NHMB in 2018, he was the President and CEO of Savings Bank of Walpole (SBW), based in southwestern NH. Prior to joining SBW, Gregg worked seven years for Merriam-Graves Corporation (a family-owned industrial and medical gas concern) as their CFO, nine years for CFX Corporation (a $2.8 billion publicly-held multi-bank holding company) as their CFO, and two years for Ernst & Young. He is a certified public accountant and holds a BS in Business Administration from the Whittemore School at the University of New Hampshire. Gregg serves as a board member for the Community Bankers Association of NH, Inc. (Director), and Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene. Gregg serves on the Investment Committee of Dartmouth Hitchcock Health and he, along with five other members, advise management on their investment holdings. He also serves on the American Bankers Association Communication Council and is an advisor to several other community groups. Gregg has also served on the New Hampshire Bankers Association, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Community Development Institutions Advisory Council, and the New England Automated Clearinghouse. Gregg has also done volunteer work with H Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services, Monadnock Family Services, Keene Country Club, Chesterfield Public School Foundation, and many other organizations. Appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. Sununu to a term beginning August 5, 2020, and expiring June 30, 2023.

 

MELINDA D. TREADWELL
President, Keene State College (ex-officio)
July 31, 2017 - 

PROFILE: Graduate of Keene State College (B.S. 1990); Dartmouth Medical School (Ph.D., 1994). Former Interim Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs at Keene State College; Vice President for Academic Affairs at Antioch University New England; promoted to CEO and Provost at Antioch University of New England. Appointed interim president of Keene State College on July 31, 2017; appointed president of Keene State College on October 26, 2018. Ex-officio member of the USNH Board of Trustees effective July 31, 2017.

 

ALEXANDER J. WALKER, JR.
Gubernatorial Appointee
2016 - 2020

PROFILE: Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Catholic Medical Center (CMC) in Manchester. In that role, he is responsible for all aspects of CMC’s operations and strategy. Prior to joining CMC in 2012, served as President and Chairman of Devine, Millimet & Branch, one of New Hampshire’s largest law firms. During his tenure, Devine Millimet was recognized by the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the New Hampshire Bar Association for its commitment providing pro bono legal services to the poor. The firm was also recognized by Business NH Magazine as one of the “Best Companies to Work For” in New Hampshire. Mr. Walker has been individually recognized by his peers and clients for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA as one of America’s leading litigators as well as a “New England Super Lawyer.” Mr. Walker has been actively involved in the community for many years. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Palace Theatre; past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Granite United Way; New Hampshire Bar Association’s Board of Governors; New Hampshire Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission; Board of Directors of City Year – New Hampshire; and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, serving as Chairman of the Board in 2011. Graduated from Northeastern University School of Law, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in English and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, at Boston. Proudly served for several years in the United States Marine Corps. Recipient of the Pastoral Counseling Services Good Samaritan Award, the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation’s Community Service Award, the American Hospital Association’s Grassroots Champion Award, and the New Hampshire Hospital Association’s Leslie A. Smith President’s Award.

 

DAVID A. WESTOVER
KSC Alumni-Elected
2019 - 2023 (1st term)

PROFILE: Graduate of Keene State College (B.A., 1972). Owner and eventual President of Clark-Mortenson Insurance Agency for majority of 30-year working career; Walpole Creamery Founding Partner; Great Brook Farm Sugar House Maple Syrup owner for many years; adjunct professor at Keene State College. Served on the Monadnock United Way, Keene Day Care Center and Fall Mt. Regional School District Boards. Served on the KSC Alumni Board for two three-year terms from 2009-2015, and as President of the Board in 2014. Elected by KSC alumni to serve a four-year term on the USNH Board of Trustees beginning July 15, 2019 and expiring June 30, 2023.