Former Bankers Trust Senior Advisor Appointed to nebhe Board

Contact: Charlotte Stratton, Sr. Director, Communications
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August 15, 2006

BOSTON, MASS. — Governor Mitt Romney recently appointed M. Howard Jacobson as a delegate to the nonprofit New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE).

Jacobson, the former president, treasurer and director of Idle Wild Foods, Inc., a Fortune 500 company that was sold in 1986, also served as senior advisor at Bankers Trust, The Private Bank and as senior advisor at Prudential-Bache Capital Funding.

“We look forward to Mr. Jacobson’s active participation on this six-state board,” said NEBHE President and CEO Evan S. Dobelle. “We hope to benefit from his significant corporate experience and perspective.”

Jacobson currently sits on the Board of Directors for TERI (The Education Resources Institute) and is also a director for Polar Corp. He is vice chairman of the Board of Trustees for WBGH.

NEBHE is a congressionally authorized, six-state agency whose mission is to promote greater educational opportunities and services for residents of New England. NEBHE programs are principally focused on the relationship between New England higher education and regional economic development. The agency is now in its 50th year.

NEBHE’s Tuition Break program, the Regional Student Program provides New England residents with a major tuition break at out-of-state public colleges and universities in the six-state New England region if they pursue certain academic programs not offered by their home institutions. Last academic year alone, more than 8,400 New England residents participated in the program and saved nearly $44 million in tuition.

NEBHE’s newest initiative, College Ready New England, will unite leaders of education, business and government from all six New England states to develop strategies to increase the economic competitiveness and well being of the region and its residents.

NEBHE also publishes Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, now in its 20th year, which is read by opinion leaders and practitioners in education, government, business and the nonprofit sector. NEBHE’s Excellence through Diversity Program is designed to increase access to higher education for underrepresented minority students preparing for careers in science, engineering and technology.

Jacobson joins a distinguished group of delegates from academia, private industry and government in representing the six New England states on the 48-member NEBHE board.

Other Massachusetts delegates to NEBHE include: Carole A. Cowan, president of Middlesex Community College; The Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C., president of Stonehill College; Chancellor of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Patricia F. Plummer; state Rep. Thomas P. Kennedy; Mary E. McNally; state Senator and Senate Majority Whip Joan Menard; and David J. Wahr, president of The CW Companies, Inc.


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