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Suffolk University taps two new board members

By Laura Krantz Globe Staff 

Suffolk University appointed two new members to its board Thursday, filling openings created last month when several members’ terms expired. The move comes as Suffolk takes steps to recover from a leadership crisis that jolted the downtown school.

Amy Nechtem, chief justice of the Massachusetts Juvenile Court, and Patrick F. Jordan, chief operating officer of Lahey Medical Center, joined the board, bringing the total number of trustees to 27.

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Both new members are Suffolk graduates. Nechtem graduated from the law school in 1985 and Jordan from the business school in 1996, according to a statement from the university.

The board meeting Thursday was the first led by new chairman Robert Lamb. He replaced embattled chairman Andrew Meyer, who was among those whose terms expired last month.

Meyer’s departure capped a tumultuous period at the downtown university. The crisis boiled over in late January, when some trustees, including Meyer, tried to oust university President Margaret McKenna.

In statements Thursday, McKenna and Lamb praised the new board members.

Nechtem was previously an associate justice in Essex County and before that an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County. She has a bachelor’s degree from Simmons College.

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Jordan was previously the chief operating officer of Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He served in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, according to Suffolk.


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