New England College Announces New Board of Trustee Members
Four Outstanding Leaders Join College.
New England College (NEC) is pleased to announce the election of four members to its Board of Trustees: Katherine Haley, Jay Lucas, Tom Stevens, and T. Clarke Smith. The new trustees bring diverse experience and expertise in higher education, investments, banking, and insurance to the College’s governing board.
“We are fortunate to have such dedicated individuals as Kate, Jay, Tom, and Clarke joining our Board,” said Michele Perkins, President of New England College. “The guidance, knowledge, and good counsel our trustees provide is critical to the continued success of New England College. We are grateful to these outstanding individuals for their commitment to the mission and vision of NEC as we continue to experience record enrollment growth and expansion.”
About the New Board Members:
Katherine Haley is the former President of Gettysburg College (PA) and Whittier College (CA). She is Founder and President of Haley Associates, LLC, a higher education executive search and consulting firm in Manchester, NH. She advises colleges and universities on leadership succession, governance, and effective board performance. Prior to serving as the first woman President at both Gettysburg and Whittier, she was Provost and Professor of English at Kenyon College and Dean of Graduate Study and Director of General Education at Augustana College. Haley holds a PhD and AM from the University of Illinois and a BA from Tufts University.
Jay Lucas serves as Chairman and Managing Partner of The Lucas Group, a strategy consulting firm that he founded in 1991, focused on the specialized needs of private equity investors and their portfolio companies. Previously, he served as Vice President and Partner of Bain & Company. In addition, he is the founder and Managing Partner of LB Equity, a fund that invests in small growing brands in the beauty sector. Lucas is a strong supporter of veterans, leading efforts in NH for Children of Fallen Patriots. He is also founder of the Newport Sunshine Initiative, an effort to revitalize his hometown of Newport, NH. Lucas earned his MBA from Harvard Business School, his JD from Harvard Law School, and a BA from Yale University. He attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, where he studied International Relations and Military History.
Tom Stevens served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Administrative Officer of KeyCorp from 2001 to 2013. Before joining KeyCorp in 1996, he was the Managing Partner of Thompson Hine, a large, national law firm based in Cleveland. At Thompson Hine, he served as the outside counsel for KeyCorp and Society Corporation for over two decades, as well as representing other publicly held clients such as Steris Corporation, Eaton Corporation, and American Consumer Products. He graduated with a JD degree from Duke University School of Law and received his BA degree, summa cum laude, from The State University of New York at Albany. Prior to joining the New England College Board, Stevens served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
T. Clarke Smith ’79
Clarke Smith currently serves as Vice President at International Special Risks, the largest marine intermediary insurance broker in the country. From November 2012 to April 2018, he served as President of Norman-Spencer Recreational Marine Operations. He has been underwriting marinas, boat dealers, boat manufacturers, boat rental operations, and yacht clubs for over 36 years. Previously, he served on the Association of Marina Industries Board of Directors from 2008 to 2016. He is currently a Board Member of the Boating Industry Risk Management Council and is a Founder of the Joe Namath Foundation. Smith holds a BA from New England College.