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Patricia Maguire Meservey, Vice Chairman


Pat served as Salem State University’s 13th president from 2007 to 2017. Salem State is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the largest in the north of Boston region.

During her administration, she focused on advancing the high-quality, student-centered education model and, with her team, increased the graduation rate for baccalaureate students 15 percentage points in 10 years, the largest change in the Massachusetts state university system. Salem State’s mission is to provide access to high quality education for all students; in 2018, it was named one of the top 10 universities in the country for Latino student success.

Pat has served on the boards of many nonprofit organizations, including the Essex County Community Foundation; Bottom Line, a college access and success program; and the Salem Partnership, a business organization focused on th long-range economic development for Salem and the region.

Pat joined Salem State after serving as Suffolk University’s first Provost & Academic Vice President. Prior to that, she held several administrative leadership roles at Northeastern University and served as a faculty member at Northeastern University, Suffolk University, and Boston University. She holds a PhD in higher education administration from Boston College, a MS in parent-child health nursing and a BS in nursing, both from Boston University, and a diploma in nursing from Faulkner Hospital. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

She lives in Brewster with her husband, Rick.

What has inspired you to serve as a member of The Cape Cod Foundation Board of Directors?

“Cape Cod is my new home, and I want to bring my knowledge and experiences to the benefit of this community.  I had the good fortune to serve on the Board of Directors of the Essex County Community Foundation and learned how a community foundation can be of great value to a region.  The Cape Cod Foundation is facilitating connections among many nonprofits and is improving the quality of life and opportunities for Cape residents. I hope to add to the wonderful work underway and ensure the Cape is a community where people can happily live, learn, work, and thrive.”

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