G.F. Wright CEO Elected Becker Board Chair, National Grid's Jesanis Steps Down

Published on Friday, July 7th, 2006

John M. Prosser and Frances E. Polito were elected as chair and 1st vice-chair respectively at the June meeting of the Becker College Board of Trustees. The elections were recommended by the board’s Governance Committee, chaired by John Healy.
Michael E. Jesanis, board chair since 2002, announced he will step down as chair and retire from the board in fall 2006. Jesanis, president and chief executive officer of National Grid USA, was first elected as a Becker trustee in 1995.
“As Becker continues to raise its standards, increase enrollment, hire outstanding new faculty and shape itself as a distinguished and engaged college, I and the rest of the board are confident in the leadership that John and Fran will provide.  It has been a great personal privilege for me to chair the board and work with President Zirkle, and I look forward to continuing to support Becker’s mission in the future.”
Prosser has served as a Becker trustee since 1998. He has been CEO of manufacturing businesses in the Worcester area for many years. Currently, he serves as chairman of Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, an organization that helps manufacturing businesses make improvements, and on the board of the Seven Hills Foundation.
“I look forward to capitalizing on the momentum built by Mr. Jesanis, President Zirkle and the administration at Becker College. The College’s reputation will continue to grow with added academic programs and plans to build on the Leicester campus,” said Prosser.
Polito, a retired health care executive, is a member of the Medical Group Management Association and is a certified medical practice executive in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. She graduated from Becker in 1968 and continued to be active as an alumna, including service on advisory boards and a capital campaign. A Becker trustee since 1996, she makes the move to 1st vice chair from the office of secretary.
“As the board moves forward, it is important to preserve the personal attention that students receive at Becker. That experience inspired me to become involved with the College after I graduated, and it is a factor in the successful futures of so many Becker graduates,” said Polito.
The Becker College Board of Trustees will announce the election of additional officers at a later time.