Haitian Health Foundation President Appointed to NEBHE Board

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

BOSTON, MASS. — Senate President Pro Tempore Donald E. Williams, Jr. has appointed Jeremiah J. Lowney, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H. as a delegate to the nonprofit New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE).

Lowney is an orthodontist at Family Orthodontic Care, PC and president of the Haitian Health Foundation, a volunteer effort of health professionals that began in 1982 and has since grown into an outpatient health care facility that provides care to over 200,000 of the poorest people in the greater Jeremie area of Haiti.

“Dr. Lowney has an active history of supporting higher education in his home state, and we welcome him to this six-state board,” said NEBHE President and CEO Evan S. Dobelle.

Lowney currently sits on the State of Connecticut, Board of Governors for Higher Education as Finance Committee Chairman and previously spent seven years as a member of the University of Connecticut’s Board of Trustees.

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.

Lowney 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 Connecticut delegates to NEBHE include: Judith B. Greiman, president, Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges; state Senator Joan Hartley; Connecticut Community Colleges Chancellor Marc S. Herzog; state Higher Education Commissioner Valerie F. Lewis; Former Quinebaug Valley Community College President Robert E. Miller; Christine Niekrash of the Department of Surgery at the University of Connecticut Health Center; and state Rep. Roberta Willis.


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