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Legacy Awards: Honors piling up for successful businessman Andrew Lietz of Rye

Sunday News Correspondent

May 26. 2018 10:35PM
Andrew Lietz has been named a Granite State Legacy Award winner by the New Hampshire Union Leader and was also honored at University of New Hampshire graduation ceremonies Saturday with a Granite State Award. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent))

RYE — A successful businessman who served as chairman of the University System of New Hampshire’s board of trustees and the state’s Business and Industry Association joked recently about being honored with two prestigious awards this spring.

Andrew Lietz, 79, of Rye, has been named a Granite State Legacy Award winner by the New Hampshire Union Leader and was honored at the University of New Hampshire graduation ceremonies May 19 with a Granite State Award.

“I said, ’They must think I’m going to die or something,’” Lietz said of learning about the two awards.

Lietz said he grew up in Michigan and has lived in many parts of the country. He moved to Rye in 1984.

Before he retired, Lietz worked for 40 years in the electronics manufacturing field. He worked for IBM for 20 years before serving as president and CEO of Hadco Corporation in Salem and as the chairman of C.P. Clare Corporation in Beverly, Mass.

Lietz said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., appointed him to the USNH board in 2000 when she was governor. He served on the board for eight years, four of them as chairman.

Believing that high-quality education was the basis for long-term growth, Lietz shepherded the 2001 Knowledge Economy Education Plan for New Hampshire through the Legislature and helped to secure a $185 million package of capital renovations to the system’s aging science, engineering and technology facilities, according to information posted on UNH’s website.

Chancellor Todd Leach said Lietz has been a thoughtful and energetic advocate for USNH and the state’s students.

“He believes every New Hampshire student should have the opportunity to pursue their hopes and dreams through public higher education. Andy had a reputation of working tirelessly as Board Chair to ensure New Hampshire’s University System was accessible, affordable and provided a quality education. He has continued to be engaged in supporting our public mission through his continued council, philanthropy and advocacy. It’s been a pleasure to work alongside Andy and we congratulate him on receiving this prestigious honor,” Leach said.

Lietz, a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, said public education helped him become who he is today.

“(Public education is) one of the most important things we can support as a society,” said Lietz, who still volunteers in the UNH athletics department.

“Businesspeople should be involved to serve as mentors and role models. The young people of the university are our future, not just of our companies, but our nation,” Lietz said.

Lietz was honored with the Business and Industry Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 after serving as chairman of that organization’s board for a number of years. During his acceptance speech in Manchester, he asked members of the association to get involved in the university system.

“You can help by serving on boards, being financial benefactors, advocating in the Legislature, providing and supporting internships and scholarships, and supporting and sponsoring research,” Lietz said in 2007.

Lietz is currently on the board of trustees at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. President and forester Jane Difley said Lietz greatly deserves the Granite State Legacy Award.

“He has a great affinity for the outdoors and the quality of our environment,” Difley said.

The Granite State Legacy Awards celebrate the accomplishments of citizens who have given the most to New Hampshire through business, philanthropy, politics and more. The awards are given to New Hampshire residents who have made significant contributions over an extended period to their profession, community and state.

Presented by the New Hampshire Union Leader and sponsored by Eastern Bank, the annual awards program was launched in 2012.

This year’s awards will be presented Thursday, May 31, at the NH Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 and include hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

To register, visit, call 206-7822 or email

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