Springfield College Board of Trustees
May 21, 2007
Elects Walsh, Blake, Griggs, as Officers
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., May 21, 2007 -- The Springfield College Board of Trustees reelected James E. Walsh of East Longmeadow, Mass. as chair, Helen Davis Blake of Somers, Conn. and Stuart, Fla. as vice chair, and Sally M. Griggs of Northampton, Mass. as secretary at its annual meeting, on May 11, 2007, on the Springfield College campus, the college announced today.
In announcing the elections, Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn said, “We are fortunate to have the expertise of Jim Walsh, Helen Blake, and Sally Griggs as we continue to achieve the goals of the college’s strategic plan and enter the final phase of our fund raising campaign. They bring great experience, both from their professional lives and from their extensive involvement with the college as members of our board of trustees.”
Walsh is the former president of Baystate Environmental Consultants, Inc., a civil and environmental engineering firm with offices in East Longmeadow, Mass. and East Hartford, Conn., which he co-founded in 1972. He also is a partner in several real estate development firms that have built residential projects in Western Massachusetts for more than 25 years.
A member of the Springfield College Board of Trustees since 1989, Walsh was elected vice chair in 2004 and chair in 2005. He is chair of the Executive Committee and past chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, Buildings and Grounds Committee, and Audit and Compliance Committee.
Walsh earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Springfield College, and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in civil engineering at the University of Massachusetts. He is past president and a member of the board of directors of the Home Builders Association of Western Massachusetts, which awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. He also is a former board member of the National Association of Home Builders and served on its environmental issues committee.
Blake, a retired biochemist and mathematics teacher, has been a member of the Springfield College Board of Trustees for 18 years. She is chair of the Committee on Trustees and a member of the Institutional Advancement Committee, Executive Committee, and Student Affairs Committee. She also is co-chair of Leadership for the 21st Century: The Campaign for Springfield College. She is a past secretary of the Board of Trustees and past member of the Academic Affairs Committee, Audit and Compliance Committee, Business Affairs Committee, and Investment Committee.
Blake earned her associate’s degree from Quinnipiac College, bachelor’s degree from Bates College, and master’s degree from Springfield College; and completed advanced study at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She has served on the boards of WGBY, Stage West, Martin County Library Foundation, and Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.
Griggs has been a member of the National Board of the YMCA of the USA, New England regional chairperson of the YMCA of the USA, and chair of the Hampshire Community United Way Endowment Committee.
A member of the Springfield College Board of Trustees since 1999, Griggs is chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee and serves on the Audit and Compliance Committee, Committee on Trustees, Executive Committee, and Student Affairs Committee. She is a graduate of Vassar College.
Newly elected to the Springfield College Board of Trustees was Neil J. Nicoll, president and chief executive officer of the YMCA of the USA in Chicago, Ill. Nicoll earned his master’s degree in education at Springfield College and his bachelor’s degree at Eastern Nazarene College.
Elected student trustee was Dominique Mathieu of Lisbon, Maine. Mathieu is a fourth-year student majoring in athletic training and health.
The board also reelected the following members to new terms: Denise Alleyne of Chestnut Hill, Mass.; Douglass L. Coupe of Bluffton, S.C.; Charisse Duroure of Midland Park, N.J.; and J. Michael Wallace of Springfield, Mass.
Alleyne, who is dean of students at Pine Manor College, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Springfield College. Coupe, who is retired from State Street Global Investor Services, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a certificate of advanced graduate study at Springfield College. Duroure, also a Springfield College graduate, is general manager of Ethos Fitness and Spa, LLC. Wallace, a partner at C&W Realty Company, is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and earned a juris doctorate at Western New England College School of Law and a master’s degree in law at Boston University.