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Suffolk University’s Board of Trustees

The Suffolk University Board of Trustees play a vital role in the day-to-day operations of the University. But who exactly are they, how does it all work?

The Board of Trustees follow the 1937 charter of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that governs higher-learning institutions how they make decisions.

The role of the Board of Trustees is to have an active relationship with the President, whom they appointed and support.

The President is chosen by the board based on the belief he/she can meet the University’s needs, while representing University at the community, state, and national level.

The relationship with the President is based on mutual respect and trust. This active relationship allows the Board to assess the performance of the President as well as their own.

They are in charge of approving long-term plans and the educational programs, ensuring the strength in financial management, and well-being of the University’s community. They also preserve institutional autonomy. Additionally, their actions must reflect the mission statement of the University, when interpreting the needs of the campus and surrounding communities.

Other responsibilities of the Board include approval the annual budget, contracts, property management, promotion of the University, professional management, and considering the best interests for the University.

The Board of Trustees follow a Code of Ethics to promote teamwork and commitment to higher education. As most positions follow, the Board must resist all temptations or pressure to use the position to benefit themselves.

In order to adhere to this Code, individuals that are related are not to allowed to be on the same Board.

Secondly, the Board is to establish a governance for the institution to represent the viewpoints of citizens, organizations, and businesses in surrounding areas. Their view must be taken into account in respect to policy, operations, and proposals.

The mission statement of Suffolk University is as follows:

Suffolk University is a talent catalyst that recognizes and develops student potential. Leveraging our location in the heart of Boston, our faculty, staff, and alumni work together to provide a student-centered experience. This diverse community builds on its dedication and excellence in education and scholarship to empower graduates to be successful locally, regionally, and globally.

There are 33 members of the Suffolk University Board of Trustees.

The Chairman, Andrew C. Meyer, Jr. has been a member since 2001. Meyer is a co-founder of the Boston boutique law firm Lubin & Meyer, a successful medical malpractice firm,where he has received many awards, the latest in 2011 in Best Lawyers as “Medical Malpractice of the Year”. He has also served on the National advisory Board of the Nation Center for Patients’ Rights. Meyer’s received a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1974 and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1999.

The Vice Chair, Carol Sawyer Parks, has been a member since 1986, a life trustee. Parks is the president and CEO of the real estate company Sawyer Enterprises, where she has been influential in the architectural, cultural, and educational reshaping of Boston. Her other involvements include chair of the board for the Carroll Center for the Blind, director of Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, trustee of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and director of the 100 Club of Boston. Her achievements made her a feature in the 2011 book Boston, Inspirational Woman by Bill and Kerry Brett. Parks received an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree from Suffolk University in 1982.

The Clerk, James T. Morris, has been a member since 2006. Morris is the founding partner of Quinn and Morris law firm, with a reputation as a renowned trial attorney for personal injury. With his previous employment with Gulf Oil Corporation, he served as counsel to the speaker of Massachusetts. Morris is a part of the Massachusetts Inspector General Advisory Council, serves as chair of the Massachusetts State College Building Authority, and is a recipient for the Certificate of Outstanding Service to the Commonwealth. Morris received a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University in 1971 and has a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts.

Other members of the Suffolk University Board of Trustees include:

Robert Berkowitz, a member since 2011, graduated at Syracuse University and attended the Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School.

John A. Brennan, Jr., a member since 2007, received a B.S.B.A. from Suffolk University in 1970 and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1973.

John L. Brooks, III, a member since 2011, received a M.S.B.A. and B.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Irwin Chafetz, a member since 2002, is a graduate of Boston University and received an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree from Suffolk University in 2004.

Jeanette G. Clough, a member since 2011, received an undergraduate degree for nursing at Boston University, a master’s degree from Boston College, a  M.H.A. from Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Business in 1996, and received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree from Suffolk University in 2011.

Daniel F. Conley, a member since 2011, is a graduate from Stonehill College and received a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1983.

Leo J. Corcoran, a member since 2006, is a graduate from Boston College and received his J.D. from Suffolk University in 1984.

Gerard F. Doherty, a member since 1996, received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, his master’s degree in health administration from Wayne State University, and J.D. from Suffolk University in 1961.

Dennis M. Duggan, Jr., a member since 1993, has a A.B. from Boston College and J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1978.

John Fernandez, a member since 2011, is a graduate of the College of Wooster and received his master’s degree in government administration at the University of Pennsylvania.

Francis X. Flannery, a member since 1970, a life trustee, has an M.B.A from Suffolk University in 1964 and received an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree in 1991.

Jill S. Gabbe, a member since 2007, earned a B.A. from Suffolk University in 1973 and a M.A. in English from Villanova University.

Russel A. Gaudreau, Jr., a member since 2005, holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, a L.L.M. from New York University, and received a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1968.

David Hoberman, a member since 2011, was awarded with an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree in 2009.

William T. Hogan, III, a member since 2002, earned a bachelor degree from Westfield State College, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1981, and was awarded in Outstanding Law Alumni Service Award from Suffolk University Law School.

Robert Johnson, a member since 1991, received his B.S. in Management and Accounting in 1963 at Suffolk University and his M.B.A. in Marketing in 1968.

Julie Kahn, a member since 2011, has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. and M.B.A. from Northwestern University.

Deborah F. Marson, a member since 2005, has a B.A. from Colby College and received a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1978.

Jessica Massey, a new member of 2014, is a graduate from the College of holy Cross and received a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2003.

John J. McDonnell, a member since 2012, received a B.S.B.A degree from Suffolk University in 1983.

Jennifer A. Nassour, a member since 2013, has a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook, a master’s degree in Political Science from C.W. Post University, and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.

Brian T. O’Neill, Sr., a member since 1988, graduated from Boston College and earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1971.

Macey Russell, a member since 2011, has a B.A. from Trinity College and received a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1983.

Robert K. Sheridan, a member since 2011, has a B.A. from Boston College and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1977.

Marshall M. Sloane, a member since 2011, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree in 2011.

David Southworth, a new member of 2014, graduated from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

Mark E. Sullivan, a member since 2011, has a B.S. in accounting and finance from Boston College, a M.B.A. from Babson College, a L.L.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law, and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1979.

Tara M. Taylor, a member since 2009, has a B.S.B.A from Boston University and a M.B.A from Suffolk University in 2000.

Doreen I. Vigue, a new member of 2014, has a B.S. in Journalism from Suffolk University in 1987.

Damian W. Wilmot, a member since 2011, graduated from Trinity College-Hartford and earned a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2000.

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