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Former Gov. John H. Sununu, former USNH Chancellor Edward MacKay to be honored by BIA

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September 21. 2017 12:34PM


CONCORD — Former Gov. John H. Sununu and former University System of New Hampshire Chancellor Edward MacKay will be honored with Lifetime Achievement awards at the Business and Industry Association’s 104th Annual Dinner on Oct. 18, the business group announced Thursday.

The dinner, which will also include the presentation of the New Hampshire Advantage Awards, will be from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, Manchester.

Sununu became New Hampshire’s 75th chief executive in 1983, and served three consecutive terms prior to being named chief of staff by President George H.W. Bush. In addition, Sununu served as chair to the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, the Republican Governors Association, and the National Governors Association.

He helped establish and served as chief engineer for Astro Dynamics from 1960 until 1965. From 1963 until his election as governor, Sununu served as president of JHS Engineering Co. and Thermal Research. Sununu earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT and has served as associate dean of the College of Engineering at Tufts University.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


MacKay is a long-time leader in New Hampshire and national higher education, and has focused his attention in recent years on the state’s workforce issues. After retiring as chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire in 2013, he accepted the position as director of the Division of Higher Education–Higher Education Commission in 2014. 

MacKay’s work with the Coalition for Business & Education led to the adoption of the “65 x 25” goal, in which 65 percent of New Hampshire’s workforce will possess a meaningful credential or post-secondary degree by 2025.

Some of the many organizations for whom MacKay has volunteered include the New Hampshire College Tuition Savings Commission, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Leadership Council for New Hampshire Tomorrow, New Hampshire Public Broadcasting, Davis Educational Foundation, and BIA Executive Board.

Tickets for the dinner are $1,200 for a table of 10 or $125 per person and may be purchased online at For more information, call (603) 224-5388 ext. 101.


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