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Former Governor John Lynch Joins USNH Board of Trustees 

Former Governor John Lynch Joins USNH Board of Trustees

September 4, 2013 – Former Governor John Lynch has rejoined the University System of New Hampshire's Board of Trustees.  Lynch was nominated by Governor Maggie Hassan and unanimously approved by the Executive Council. 

Before his service as Governor, Lynch was the USNH board chairman.  The former Governor will replace lobbyist and former Senate President Edward Dupont of Durham, a 10-year trustee, who also served as the board chair for several terms.

“I am honored to return to the USNH Board of Trustees,” said Lynch.  “Higher education faces many challenges, including shifting student demographics and the integration of new technologies enabling students to gain a quality education at reduced cost.  I am excited to rejoin the board, focused on making sure our public schools of higher education continue to move forward as strong leaders in maintaining and expanding a highly educated workforce, committed to the success of our state.”

“John is truly committed to the state of New Hampshire and understands the merit USNH adds to the state and its citizens.  His proven leadership in both government and business will be of tremendous help, as we continue to work towards maximizing the value we offer our students,” said Pamela Diamantis, USNH board chairwoman. 

“We are excited to have John Lynch return to the Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Todd Leach, chancellor of USNH.  His insight into government and business will be critical to this board, as we continue to seek innovative ways to partner with businesses and graduate more students prepared for this increasingly competitive environment.”

Lynch served as New Hampshire’s Governor for an unprecedented four terms.  He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire, a master's degree from Harvard Business School, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.  Previously, he was admissions director at Harvard Business School and served as president and CEO of Knoll, Inc., a Pennsylvania furniture company. 

The four-year trustee term for Lynch would run through June 30, 2017.

About USNH

The 27-member board is responsible for the oversight of the University System, which includes the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Keene State College, and Granite State College.


Josiah Bartlett Center - For Hassan, Some Administrative Lessons from Lynch

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

In New Hampshire, the role of the governor can be divided into two segments: on one side, the governor is an administrator, a sort of city manager for state government. This area is often seen as Lynch’s greatest strength. His approach to administrative management is one that the incoming governor can emulate.

Because New Hampshire’s executive branch is independent of the governor in many ways (as opposed to a cabinet-style executive branch common in most states), the governor’s ability to select managers is limited. In Hassan’s case, many of her most critical department heads aren’t up for appointment for years, in some cases for another three years... Click here to keep reading.


NH DHHS - Governor Lynch to Proclaim November as “Safe Disposal of Medical Sharps  Month”

Government, Industry and Health Care Leaders Announce Safe Sharps Disposal


WHAT: Press Event

WHEN: 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 15, 2012

WHERE: Executive Council Chambers, NH State House, Concord, NH

WHY: At a special event Thursday morning, Governor John Lynch will

proclaim November as “Safe Disposal of Medical Sharps Month.”

The Medical Sharps Subcommittee of the Health and Human

Services Oversight Committee of the New Hampshire Legislature

has collaborated with government, industry and health care

leaders to help educate New Hampshire residents about the

proper disposal of medical sharps.

A representative of Waste Management, Inc. will announce an

agreement to bring sharps disposal boxes to the State House and

Legislative Office Building in Concord. The secure, metal

boxes will be provided courtesy of Waste Management. The

company will also provide free, regular collection and disposal

of the used sharps.

State Representative J. David Knox, Chairman of the Medical

Sharps Subcommittee will also announce efforts to provide

20,000 free labels for NH sharps users reading “Medical Sharps

Container – Not for Recycling.” The labels, designed to be

applied to sealed detergent bottles filled with used household

sharps, will be available at many local transfer stations

throughout the State and will also be distributed by the

Granite State Diabetes Educators


Photo-Op: Governor-Elect Hassan, Governor Lynch to Meet in State House

CONCORD – Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m., Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan will meet privately with Governor John Lynch at the Governor’s office in the State House.

A brief media spray for still and video photography will be held at the beginning of the meeting.

WHAT:            Governor-Elect Hassan to Meet with Governor Lynch

WHEN:            Thursday, November 7, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:           Governor’s Office, State House, Concord


Hassan to Hold GOTV Rally with Gov. Lynch

Election Night Party in Manchester

MANCHESTER – Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan will rally supporters and volunteers at a Get-out-the-Vote event tomorrow with Governor Lynch in Nashua. Gov. Lynch has endorsed Hassan in the election, praising Hassan’s “integrity, compassion, intelligence, and common sense.”

In addition to the Nashua rally, Hassan will continue her GOTV efforts across the state tomorrow, with stops in Hollis, Amherst, Bedford, Goffstown, Merrimack and Windham.

Hassan will begin Election Day at 7:15 AM by voting with her family in Exeter at Talbot Gym on Linden Street.  The campaign will hold an Election Night Party at the Puritan Backroom.

Hassan’s public schedule for November 5 & 6 is as follows:

Monday, Nov-5

8:00 AM:              Visit Hollis Country Kitchen w/Councilor Deb Pignatelli, Sen. Peggy Gilmour, Rep. Melanie Levesque

                            3 Proctor Hill Rd., Hollis

8:45 AM:              Visit Black Forrest Cafe
                                212 NH 101, Amherst

10:00 AM:            Visit OFA staging location

                            23 Church Rd., Bedford

10:35 AM:            Downtown Goffstown walk w/Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, starting at:
                                Howe’s Pharmacy, 39 Main St., Goffstown

12:00 PM:            GOTV Rally w/Gov. Lynch at Martha’s Exchange
                                185 Main St., Nashua

6:00 PM:               Visit Merrimack Common Man

                             304 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack

7:00 PM:               Visit Windham Common Man

                              88 Range Rd., Windham

Tuesday, Nov-6

7:15 AM:              Voting w/Hassan family at Exeter Talbot Gym
                                30 Linden St, Exeter

7:00 PM:               Election Night Party
                                Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Rd., Manchester