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UNH Board of Governors Elects New Leadership

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8/7/2012 9:00 PM

August 7, 2012

Phil Bartels, features Phil Bartels

Philip H. Bartels, a prominent attorney from Greenwich, Conn., and William L. Bucknall Jr., of Milford, former senior vice president for human resources and organization of United Technologies Corp., have been elected chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the University of New Haven Board of Governors.

Bartels, who has served as vice chairman of the board for the last six years, replaces Samuel S. Bergami Jr., president, CEO and co-owner of Alinabal Holdings Corp., the parent company of Alinabal Inc., who will remain on the board.

“Sam Bergami is an inspiring leader who helped oversee a period of tremendous growth at UNH,” President Steve Kaplan said. “I am deeply grateful for all he has done for the University.”              

Kaplan said he is looking forward to working with Bartels and Bucknall as they assume leadership of the board.  “We are in a very exciting period in the University’s history and I am confident that both Phil and Bill will provide strong leadership as we continue to move forward.”

Bartels, a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Chicago Law School, is a member of the Litigation Practice Group of Shipman and Goodwin LLC, one of Connecticut's largest law firms. He handles matrimonial and charitable organization law as well as general litigation matters. He focuses on federal court litigation and pro bono work with a concentration on corporate governance, contracts and litigation for tax-exempt organizations.
He is a former magistrate of the Connecticut Superior Court and a member of the Connecticut and New York State bar associations.

“It will be an honor to serve as chairman of the University of New Haven Board of Governors,” said Bartels, who received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from UNH last year. “The University has gone through a dramatic transformation in recent years, and I am proud to be part of the positive momentum as we approach UNH’s 100th anniversary in 2020.”

Bartels also serves on the Cornell University Council and the administrative board of the Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology. A member of the board of Audubon Connecticut, one of Connecticut's premier conservation and environmental organizations, he is also a former chairman of the Town of Greenwich Conservation Commission.

Bill Bucknall, features  Bill Bucknall

Bucknall served as senior vice president of United Technologies Corp. for 16 years before retiring in January 2008. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UNH and an MBA in business management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Sloan fellow.

In 1999, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus by UNH and in 2008 was awarded an honorary doctorate of business administration.

He has served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the MIT Sloan School of Management, a board member of the HR Policy Association, a member of the advisory board of the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies at Cornell University and an honorary member of the board of directors of Special Olympics Connecticut. He was inducted into the National Academy of Human Resources in 1997.

Bucknall served on the UNH board from 1992 to 2000 and rejoined the board in 2006.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.