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UNH Law Names Two New Members to its Board of Trustees

The University of New Hampshire School of Law welcomes two new members to its board of trustees: Ed Dupont of Durham, NH, and Lew Feldstein of Hancock, NH.

According to Mark W. Huddleston, president of the University of New Hampshire, “these are two of New Hampshire’s most respected leaders. Their years of experience working in higher education and philanthropy will be immensely valuable to UNH Law. Ed played a critical role in the affiliation of the law school and the University of New Hampshire, with his understanding that this was a ‘win-win’ for both the schools and the state. Lew is a national leader in civic engagement and charitable giving.”

“We are very fortunate to be welcoming them to our board,” said UNH Law Board Chair Cathy Green ’77. “I am certain they will both play key roles in helping the law school thrive.”

Ed Dupont is president and founder of The Dupont Group and just recently stepped down as the chairman of the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees. His career as an elected official includes five terms in the NH State Senate from 1983 to 1992. While in the Senate, Dupont served as president, Senate majority leader and vice-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Under his leadership, the Legislature adopted initiatives to stimulate capital formation, established the state's economic development fund, provided research and development assistance for emerging companies and reformed the state's Business Profits Tax to include tax credits for job creation and capital investment.

He attended UNH and after finishing his studies founded Strafford Fuels, Inc., a distributor of petroleum products and services located in Rochester, NH. Dupont has served on the boards of a number of organizations and is a director of Merchantbanc, a venture capital firm based in Manchester, NH. His daughter Lindsey is a 2012 graduate of UNH Law.

Lew Feldstein served for 24 years as the CEO and president of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the state’s largest foundation. During his tenure, the Foundation’s assets grew from $25 MM to almost $500 MM, becoming one of the largest community foundations in the nation. Feldstein was several times selected as one of the 10 most influential people in the state. Before joining the Foundation, Feldstein was provost of Antioch University New England.

For 10 years following the fall of the Soviet Union, he played a lead role in building community foundations across Europe, and for seven years, he worked on the World Bank leadership team as the Bank invested in, and tested, the role of community foundations and private philanthropy in the developing world. He co-chaired the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America with Robert Putnam at Harvard University and with him co-authored Better Together: Restoring the American Community, a book analyzing the grassroots development of civic engagement in the United States.

Feldstein participated in the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi and was an advisor to New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay. He was listed among the top 50 nonprofit executives by the “NonProfit Times” and holds honorary doctorates from seven universities. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master of arts in law and diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

As an affiliate of the University of New Hampshire, UNH Law is governed by a board of 30 trustees appointed by either the law school or the university.