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Framingham State staffer named board chair of United Way of Tri County

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  February 26, 2013 09:20 AM

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A top Framingham State University official has been named chairwoman of the United Way of Tri County’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Susanne Conley, the university's vice president of enrollment and student development, has been a member of the charity's board for five years. The nonprofit is one of the leading community building organizations in the region, according to the university.

Paul Mina, president of the United Way, said he was thrilled to welcome Conley as the board's incoming chairwoman.

“As a member of our board she has been very active in our food security program with the establishment of our Pearl Street Cupboard and Café and as a founding member of the MetroWest Women’s Alliance," Mina said. "I know that she will bring the same leadership and enthusiasm to her new role as chairperson of the board.”

Conley said she was proud to serve for the philanthropic organization.

“The United Way of Tri County functions within the structure of the national organization, but with a spirit of creativity and innovation," she said.

Framingham State University has partnered with the United Way over the past few years, due in large part to Conley’s involvement with the organization, school officials said.

The partnership includes “Saturdays of Service,” where students and staff work with local agencies on service projects once each month, and “Days of Caring,” where volunteers will rake leaves for elderly residents, prepare meals for developmentally disabled adults and organize activities for families at local homeless shelters. Several students also intern with the organization each semester.

Conley graduated magna cum laude from Framingham State University with a bachelor's degree in history in 1990 before earning her master's degree in history at Brandeis University, also serving as director of the writing center there. She earned her doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2007.


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