J. Bonnie Newman is the Chancellor Emeritus of the Community College System of New Hampshire, the former Interim President of the University of New Hampshire and Executive Dean at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, J. Bonnie Newman’s career spans the public, private, nonprofit and academic sectors.
Ms. Newman is a Director of the Lumina Foundation, Gilbane Building Company, Exeter Health Resources and Exeter Trust Company. She is the former Chairman of the United States Naval Academy Board of Visitors and former Vice-Chair of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
Other past appointments include service on the President’s Export Council, an advisory board on US trade policy, and the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services. She is a former Director of Markem Corporation, NYNEX Telecommunications, New England Telephone and Telegraph Company, Perini Corporation, Consumers Water Company, Citizens Advisors, Sallie Mae Corporation, FairPoint Communications, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Strawbery Banke Museum, New Hampshire Public Television, the New Hampshire Industrial Development Authority, Indian Head Banks, Fleet Bank of New Hampshire, Public Service Company of New Hampshire and member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Commissioner’s Advisory Council.
In the public sector Ms. Newman served on Capitol Hill and in the Reagan and Bush administrations. From 1989 until 1991 she served as Assistant to the President for Management and Administration, where she oversaw all administrative operations for the White House and Executive Office of the President during the transition and administration of President George H.W. Bush. President Ronald Reagan nominated Ms. Newman to the position of Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and the United States Senate confirmed her appointment in February 1984. Earlier, she served as Associate Director of the Office of Presidential Personnel at the White House and as Chief of Staff for New Hampshire Congressman Judd Gregg.
A resident of Palm coast, Florida, Ms. Newman is a graduate of St. Joseph’s College of Maine and The Pennsylvania State University.