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Board of Trustees Announces New Members
November 20, 2013
Curry College is pleased to announce that Dr. Ruth Ellen Fitch, W. Patrick Hughes, and Thomas J. Quinlan, III have been elected to serve on the Curry College Board of Trustees. Dr. Fitch, Mr. Hughes and Mr. Quinlan commenced their term of service at a Board meeting held on October 17, 2013.
Chairman of the Board Anthony M. "Tony" Campo, Esq. '79 praised the selection of his three new colleagues.
"We welcome these highly accomplished and engaged leaders to our Board," said Campo. "With the leadership expertise and skills each has demonstrated in their respective fields, Dr. Fitch, Mr. Hughes, and Mr. Quinlan will bring great benefit to our College. I look forward to collaborating with them and our fellow board members as we continue to advance the Institution in the coming years."
Ruth Ellen Fitch has a strong background as a corporate and non-profit leader and a keen ability to analyze, develop, and execute strategies to attain organizational goals and success. Most recently, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer at The Dimock Center from 2004 - 2013. Prior to her position with Dimock, Ms. Fitch practiced law with Palmer & Dodge LLP where she became the first African-American female partner at a large Boston law firm. Before attending law school, Dr. Fitch was Director of The METCO program for the Brookline Public Schools. She also taught Black literature at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Dr. Fitch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where she served for three years on the Law School Administrative Board. Dr. Fitch is a member of the Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association. Ruth Ellen Fitch received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Curry College in 2011.
W. Patrick Hughes has served as the President and CEO of Fallon Health since 2010. He began his career at Fallon in 2007, as the company's Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Sales Officer. In 2009, the membership of Fallon Health grew to its highest level under Hughes' leadership. In addition to his leadership at Fallon Health, Mr. Hughes is also the Chairman of the board of directors of UltraBenefits, Inc., and of Home Staff LLC. He is the Vice Chairman of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also on the board of directors of the Alliance Community Health Plans in Washington, D.C., the New England Council, and the Worcester Bureau. Mr. Hughes' long career as a healthcare executive includes achieving unprecedented growth and profitability at Blue Cross Blue Shield. He has also served as a principal at Hughes and Company, a brokerage firm in New Hampshire. He graduated from Boston University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Upon graduating, he was drafted into the NFL, where he enjoyed a 10-year career as a linebacker for the New York Giants and the New Orleans Saints. Mr. Hughes and his wife Carole have established two endowed scholarships at Curry College to honor the memory of their son, Justin P. Hughes, a 1996 Curry College graduate.
Thomas J. Quinlan, III is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Chicago-based R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, the largest provider of printing and print-related business services in the world. Mr. Quinlan is a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, an independent, not-for-profit organization that conducts the National Merit® Scholarship Program and the National Achievement® Scholarship Program - annual competitions for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships. Mr. Quinlan holds an MBA in Finance from St. John's University, which recognized him with its Outstanding Alumni Achievement Medal in 2010, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Pace University, which conferred upon him an honorary Doctorate in Commercial Science and presented him with its 46th Leaders in Management Award in 2009. The Advisory Board of New York University's Graphic Communications Management and Technology Program chose Mr. Quinlan to receive its 2011 Prism Award, which recognizes distinguished leadership in the graphic communications media industry. Mr. Quinlan's son, Thomas Quinlan, IV graduated from Curry College as a member of the Class of 2013.