Under the chairmanship of Eugene J. Durgin Jr., 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.
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 he served on the Bridgewater State University governing board as a trustee and from 1994 to 1998 as the chairman. Gene currently serves on the Bridgewater State University Foundation Investment and Executive Committees and on July 1, 2009 became the Foundation Board Chairman.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the CEO and founder of the strategic communications firm Denterlein, Geri is a trusted advisor to some of the region’s most respected brands. She leverages her 30-year career in journalism and public affairs to help corporate and nonprofit organizations promote and protect their reputations.
Prior to serving as a consultant, Geri was editorial director at WBZ television, communications director for the Departments of Mental Health and an associate press secretary for former Governor Michael S. Dukakis.
In board rooms, the political arena and the local community, Geri is known as a champion for women. As an active volunteer leader for several of Boston’s nonprofit organizations, and as CEO of Denterlein, Geri has advocated equality by helping many women find their voice, and communicate effectively for change. Through her advisory board positions with the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, MassINC and the Mass Taxpayers Association, Geri has consistently encouraged leading organizations to consider and uphold women’s equality. And, as a founding member of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle, a society of women leaders and philanthropists, Geri has helped grow the council to 60 chapters in the US and additional groups around the world.
Geri also provides first-hand experience with corporate governance issues, particularly as they pertain to crisis events. Her nonprofit service includes roles on the executive committee of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, the American Red Cross Massachusetts, and as a member of the American Red Cross National Philanthropic Board. She is a trustee of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and was appointed to the board of Boston Main Streets by Mayor Walsh.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.