Salem State University taps state Rep. Keenan as Vice President for Administration
New England Council Member Salem State University has announced that John Keenan, Massachusetts State Representative for the 7th Essex District, has been selected to serve as the University’s new vice president for administration. In his new position, Keenan will report directly to President Patricia Maguire Meservey—an NEC board member–while managing the university’s day-to-day operations.
Salem State, located north of Boston, is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As the University’s second in command, Keenan will oversee capital planning and facilities, human resources and equal opportunity, information technology, risk and asset management, and university police. Keenan comes to Salem State with a deep understanding of and relationship with the university. As a five-term State Representative for Salem, Keenan participated in and led many events at the University, and sponsored legislation that benefitted faculty at Salem State and higher education institutions statewide. Prior to his time in the legislature, Keenan served as an assistant district attorney in the Essex District Attorney’s Office, city solicitor for the city of Salem and an attorney in private practice.
“I am absolutely thrilled with this opportunity and excited to be joining President Meservey and her team at SSU, not only the Commonwealth’s premiere state university, but also the academic and economic engine of the North Shore. I look forward to assisting the university achieve its vision and deliver excellent academic program at a reasonable cost for students and families,” stated Keenan of his new role.
The New England Council congratulates Keenan on his new role at Salem State and looks forward to the university’s continued success and contributions to the New England region.