Salem State University Honors Retiring President Patricia Maguire Meservey

On May 23, 2017, NEC member Salem State University held a celebration to honor retiring President  Dr. Patricia Maguire Meservey.

To honor President Meservey’s legacy and passion for increasing funding for the needs of the university, Midge DeSimone, a member of the Alumni Association Board and Board of Trustees, and her husband Tom DeSimone challenged the university to raise $100,000 by May 23. The couple agreed to match the sum of individual gifts up to an aggregate match of $100,000. The goal was to raise Salem State University’s unrestricted endowment to $1 million in President Meservey’s honor, which was reached by the retirement celebration. During the celebration, university officials also announced that Salem State will honor President Meservey further by naming the College of Health and Human Services after her.

“During President Meservey’s tenure, Salem State has grown and distinguished itself in important ways, including growth in the physical campus, curriculum, student life, student achievement, and the university’s endowment,” said Salem State’s Board of Trustees Chair, Paul Mattera. “Perhaps most importantly, Pat brought a spirit and energy to Salem State that has enlivened campus life and helped to drive student achievement. She leaves the university with a legacy of accomplishment and with momentum for the successes that lie ahead for this great North Shore institution.”

The New England Council thanks President Meservey for her decade of work advancing Salem State University and her time serving on The New England Council’s Board of Directors. Read more about President Meservey’s leadership and legacy in a press release from Salem State and The Salem News.

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