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Board of Trustees

Under the chairmanship of Dr. Jean MacCormack, the 11-member board is a blend of veterans and future leaders forming a uniquely diversified, yet coherent mix dedicated to advancing the mission of public higher education at Bridgewater State University.

Jean MacCormack

Most recently, Dr. Jean MacCormack served for 13 years as chancellor, UMass Dartmouth. She has been a faculty member, center director, dean, and vice chancellor for administration and finance, deputy chancellor and chancellor at UMass Boston. She is a distinguished educator and leader in higher education. She has a bachelor's degree from Emmanuel College in English Literature and a master's and doctoral degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Jean continues to serve as chair of the SouthCoast Hospitals Board; Director of Bristol County Savings Bank and is devoting time to a new book on transformative leadership.

Margaret Caulfield

Ms. Margaret A. Caulfield is an Agreement Associate in the Partners Clinical Trials Office at Partners Healthcare. In this position, Margaret manages the technically complex requirements associated with industry-sponsored clinical trial and clinical research support contracts for various departments within Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital and McLean Hospital.

Margaret serves on the Boston Bar Association's Health Law Section and In-House Forum. Moreover, Margaret has been co-chairing both the Women's Bar Association's New Lawyers Committee since 2012 and the Women's Bar Association's Gala since 2014.

As Alumni Trustee, Margaret chairs the Board of Trustees' University Advancement Committee and serves on the Bridgewater Alumni Association's Board of Directors.

Prior to entering law school, Margaret was employed in the investment banking industry in Boston. Margaret received a Bachelor of Arts in English (B.A.) from Bridgewater State University in 2000 and a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Suffolk University Law School in 2009.

Scott Longo

Mr. F. Scott Longo,'89 is vice president within the Global Operations Division at State Street Corporation. Mr. Longo joined State Street in 1989 and has held numerous positions in his 27 years at the international financial services firm.

A proud BSU alumnus (Bachelor of Arts in History), he has given back to his alma mater in many ways. He is past president of the Bridgewater State University Alumni Association, former vice chairman of the Bridgewater State University Foundation, current chairman of the Annual Fund committee and previously served as the student member of the BSU Board of Trustees as an undergraduate.

Mr. Longo is on the Advisory Committee for Crossroads for Kids, an assistant scout master for Troop #88 in Bridgewater and was a member of the Pastoral Council of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Bridgewater.

Mr. Davede Alexander

Founder, Davede Alexander, leads Innovo’s operations. He has a prominent reputation for targeted recruitment specializing in hard-to-reach markets. He created the highly successful and widely acclaimed outreach initiative that helped the United States Naval Academy to meet and exceed its candidate pool objectives. Serving as the Director of Strategic Outreach, his leadership, management and strategic vision ensured the Academy met all its recruitment goals. Davede’s success at USNA garnered widespread attention from numerous companies and organizations desiring the same results in their recruiting efforts. The programs and recruiting systems he initiated are the exclusive added value that Innovo can bring to clients. Davede was awarded the distinguished Black Engineer of the Year Award for Diversity Leadership in Government and is a sought after advisor and consultant for all types of recruiting. Offered a Brand Management position by Proctor and Gamble in 2008, Davede instead remained with the Naval Academy to establish a marketing department, later evolving into strategic outreach. He has served as a Naval Officer in various leadership positions. Serving from 2001 to 2008, he was involved in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom support roles. Mr. Alexander thrives in team oriented environments, earning his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the Naval Academy while competing as a Division I football player.

 
Dr. Lisa Battaglino smiling with medium length blonde hair in front of a classroom chalk board

Dr. Battaglino is Dean Emeritus of the College of Education and Health Sciences at Bridgewater State University.  She played a key leadership role promoting the advancement of technology in education, urban school partnerships, projects focused on increasing science, technology, engineering and math teachers, and international ventures geared at improving conditions for individuals with disabilities. The focus of her recent research is the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on individuals with Down Syndrome.

Dr. Battaglino spent 30 years as a special education professor promoting the values of social justice, diversity, and inclusion and conducted numerous workshops nationally and internationally. She was invited to a White House Summit for her leadership in improving technology training for teacher preparation.  Also, she accepted the 2017 National Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives on behalf of the College of Education and Health Sciences at Bridgewater State University at the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.   Dr. Battaglino has been part of international educational exploratory teams to Belize, Moscow, Singapore, Cape Verde, and China. 

She has contributed to scholarly journals and written book chapters in 15 Letters on Education from Singapore (Lulu Publishing Services) and Remembering Massachusetts State Normal Schools: Pioneers in Teacher Education (Institute for Massachusetts Studies). 

Dr. Battaglino currently serves on Governor Baker’s Rural School Commission. In addition, she serves on the Bridgewater State University Foundation and is active on both the Investment and Student Engagement Committees.

Dr. Battaglino received a Bachelor of Education in Special and Elementary Education (B.S.) from Bridgewater State University in 1979, a master’s degree in Special Education (M.Ed.) from Boston College in 1981, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Boston College in 1991. 

Mr. Eugene J. Durgin Jr., Chairman

Mr. Eugene J. Durgin, Jr., is a retired managing director of Voyageur Asset Management in Boston. He was President at Massachusetts Public Pension Forum, Chairman and President at Freedom Trust Company, Senior Vice President at BayBanks and Vice President and Trust Officer at BankBoston.

From 1991 to 2001 and from 2012 to present he served on the Bridgewater State University governing board as a trustee. Mr. Durgin served as chairman of the governing board from 1994 to 1998 and from 2014 to 2022. Gene also served on the Bridgewater State University Foundation board from 2007 to 2014 and as chair of that board from 2009 to 2014.

Over the years, Gene has become very familiar with Bridgewater State University and has a clear interest in wanting to help us continue to grow and better serve the students of Southeastern Massachusetts. As we continue to navigate through these economically difficult times, Gene’s experience in the world of finance is an asset to the university.

Gene holds a BA in Political Science from Boston College and a minor in Economics.

headshot photo of BSU Trustee Francis Giles wearing blue button up shirt and blazer

Mr. Francis Giles is a freelance photojournalist who was a White House accredited photographer.  He has held positions at CBS Radio, Inc. as editorial director; The Washington Post as general assignment reporter and Veterans Affairs sub-beat; as well as adjunct professor of photography at Rhode Island School of Design, Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, University of Vermont and others.

Mr. Giles is an Eagle Scout and longtime Boy Scouts leader and thoroughly enjoys his volunteer opportunities.

Francis holds a BA in photography from Burlington College, Certificate in Digital Photography from Rhode Island School of Design, Graduate Studies in the history of photography from Goddard College and Graduate Invitational Photography Studies with Minor White from MIT.

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Mx. Artie Kopellas, an undergraduate student majoring in Social Work and Communications with a concentration in Film, Video, and Media, was elected Student Trustee for the 2021-2022 academic year. Prior to this role, Artie served as a Senator-at-Large for one year and Executive Secretary for the following year in the Student Government Association. 

Being a heavily involved member of the Bridgewater State community, Artie serves as the Vice President of Social for their fraternity, Phi Kappa Theta; works as the creative director for the student newspaper, The Comment; works as Resident Assistant for Woodward Hall and is a dedicated student to their studies.

From Orleans, MA, Artie graduated from Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in 2018. They began collecting leadership experiences by participating in the SkillsUSA program, while also writing and taking photos for Tech Talk, their high school newspaper, winning many awards during their time there. At Bridgewater, Artie has also been the recipient of the Impact Award for Unsung Hero in 2019-2020, and two Beary Important awards in spring of 2019 and fall of 2020. Artie has also been featured in The Bridge twice for their photography work.

Mark L. Oliari
Mr. Mark L. Oliari is President and CEO of CNT, Inc./CNT Depository, Inc., of Bridgewater, MA, the largest supplier of precious metals to the United States federal government and the largest wholesale vendor of gold in the United States. He is also the owner of the Bridgewater Sports Complex and spent many years serving the town of Bridgewater on both the school committee and Board of Selectmen. Mr. Oliari was a 2015 recipient of the university's Distinguished Service Award.
headshot photo of BSU Trustee Walter Prince wearing blue button up shirt, tie and blazer

Walter Prince is a partner at the Boston law firm Prince Lobel Tye LLP.  Mr. Prince has more than four decades of experience in transportation, commercial law, and civil and white-collar criminal litigation. He’s worked as a federal prosecutor and defense attorney, conducted internal investigations for Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions and sports programs, served as the MBTA’s general counsel, and participated in committees that recommended and reviewed candidates for state and federal judgeships. 

Walter has received many prestigious recognitions.  A few include: 2021 Boston’s “Lawyer of the Year,” Criminal Defense: General Practice, Best Lawyers in America©; 2019 Boston “Lawyer of the Year,” Litigation – Banking & Finance, Best Lawyers; and 2017 Recipient of the American Board of Trial Advocates’ Robert Morris Trial Lawyer Award for his contributions to the legal profession. 

Mr. Prince is a former president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, the former vice president of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Conference of Black Lawyers and the former vice president of the Ford Hall Forum. 

Walter studied history and education at Boston State College, which later merged with the University of Massachusetts Boston.  As a junior, he decided to attend law school and ultimately earned his Juris Doctor from Boston College.

Carolyn V. Turchon

Ms. Carolyn (Van Buskirk) Turchon’s philanthropic leadership at Bridgewater State University is highlighted by her long-term commitment to donate $1 million to the University, which continues to be one of the largest gifts ever received by BSU. As a past member of the BSU Foundation for two decades, former two term president of the Bridgewater Alumni Association, and co-chair of the Class of 1962 50th Reunion Planning Committee, Carolyn continues to be actively engaged in University life by participating in the Shea Scholar Committee as well as the Jordan Fiore Fund Committee. The Bridgewater Alumni Association (BAA) has recognized Carolyn’s leadership by bestowing upon her its 2003 Dr. George A. Weygand Award for Outstanding Service to the BAA.

In her professional capacity, Carolyn was president of Homes Incorporated. The company was a real estate management firm based in Newton that owned and operated a number of large rental properties throughout Newton and Metro West. Carolyn took ownership of the company upon the passing of her husband and served as chief executive officer for eighteen years until she sold the company in 2007.

Carolyn's volunteer leadership is in her community by taking responsibilities within town government and local organizations in the Boston Metro West region, including six years on the Sherborn Finance Advisory Committee. She also spends time being an active member of two civic organizations: the Daughters of the American Founders and Patriots and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Carolyn currently resides in Yarmouth Port, MA, and Estero, Florida where she enjoys spending her time with her children and grandchildren as well as golfing and water sports.