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Franklin Pierce University Welcomes Two New Trustees

August 20, 2013

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Franklin Pierce University will welcome two new Board members, Patrick McHugh and Sean O’Kane, to its Board of Trustees this fall. Additionally, current Trustees Mike Fallon will become the new chairman of its Board, Kerry Stein '80 vice chair, Gregg Doody '92 secretary, and Carleen Albonizio Farrell '71 assistant secretary.

Patrick McHugh, from Hooksett, N.H., is the State President-New Hampshire and Assistant General Counsel-Northern New England for FairPoint Communications. In addition to his duties related to Assistant General Counsel, McHugh is responsible for external affairs, economic development, regulatory affairs, and governmental affairs for the State of New Hampshire. This role requires him to engage in multiple aspects of the company’s business, including the maintenance of business relationships on multiple fronts. McHugh graduated from University of Scranton with a B.S. in 1986 and then Syracuse University College Law School in 1993. McHugh said, “I am very pleased and honored to be named to the Board of Trustees for Franklin Pierce University. I look forward to working with the Trustees and the University’s management team to continue such a great tradition and making the University even stronger than it is today.”

Sean O’Kane, from Hollis, N.H., has an extensive background in the hotel industry and has an exceptional ability in developing growth strategies to expand financial positions of new and midlife organizations. O’Kane said, “I have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the University and have financially supported a few of the programs both on campus and abroad. I welcome this opportunity to become even more intimately engaged with the future success of Franklin Pierce University." A former Commissioner of the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, he is currently the Business Development/Thought Leadership Director at Schneider Electric where he engages various global hotel  industry constituents with Schneider Electric to address their energy sustainability concerns. O’Kane has received numerous awards, including the Outstanding General Manager of the Year from the American Hotel/Lodging Association, and the Medal of Peace and Commerce from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Dr. James Birge, president of Franklin Pierce University, expressed his enthusiasm for the new Board members and for the new slate of officers for the 2013-14 academic year. “I am excited about Pat and Sean joining the Board,” Dr. Birge said. “Their energy and expertise will enhance the Board’s work. Our new leadership team on the Board is highly qualified and knowledgeable, and I look forward to working with them.”





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Franklin Pierce University is a regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies with locations in Arizona and throughout New Hampshire. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission embraces an education that matters: one that achieves academic success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. Our community of educators and learners creates an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. A Franklin Pierce experience enables each student to discover and fulfill his or her own unique potential. We prepare students to become confident, knowledgeable individuals and leaders of conscience.

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