Alex Walker Named Chair Of NH University System Board Of Trustees, New Trustees Named

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Alex Walker, CEO of Catholic Medical Center, will serve as chair of the NH University System Board of Trustees.

CONCORD, NH – The University System of New Hampshire (USNH) Board of Trustees elected Alex Walker, president and CEO of Catholic Medical Center, as its chair, effective July 1, 2022. Walker succeeds Joseph G. Morone, former President and CEO of Albany International Corp., who chaired the Board of Directors for the past three years and concludes ten years of outstanding service and leadership.

Walker, who served as a USNH trustee for six years, will serve as president until June 30, 2023.

“Joe’s tenure as President occurred during a pivotal time in higher education when the safety of our students, faculty, staff and communities, as well as the continuity of our mission, been severely disrupted by the ever-evolving effects of the pandemic,” Walker said. “Joe guided the Board of Trustees through strategic decision-making processes that will benefit the New Hampshire University System during the fundamental changes expected in higher education in the years to come. Joe was the perfect volunteer at the right time. in USNH history, and his service will long be remembered by those who worked with him.


Two nominee governors will continue to serve in leadership positions on the USNH Board of Directors; they are:

  • James Burnet IIIConsultant, Sight Line Public Affairs, LLC, Vice President
  • Kassandra Ardingerlawyer, secretary

The USNH Board also welcomed the following new directors:

  • Appointed by Governor Kevin KnarrExecutive and Consultant, appointed for a two-year term: 2022-2024
  • Appointed by Governor peter paulChairman, Headlands Asset Management and owner of West Biofuels and Peter Paul Wines, appointed for a three-year term: 2022-2025
  • Appointed by Governor Christiana ThortonPresident and CEO, New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation, appointed for a three-year term: 2022-2025
  • UNH Alumni Administrator Joel NkounkouEngineer and Social Entrepreneur, ecoText, elected for a four-year term: 2022-2026

“We are thrilled to welcome our newest board members who bring a wealth of experience and a variety of backgrounds,” Walker said. “They will provide the right balance of strategic leadership and guidance to guide our university system over the coming years.”


The New Hampshire University System (USNH) has 32,000 students and is made up of three public institutions: Keene State College, Plymouth State University and University of New Hampshire. USNH works to ensure the availability of high-quality, affordable, and accessible higher education opportunities throughout New Hampshire and meets the state’s critical workforce needs. A 28-member board of directors is responsible for overseeing the university system.


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