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Elms College Names New Board of Trustees Members

CHICOPEE, Mass. – The Board of Trustees at College of Our Lady of the Elms has appointed three prominent figures – Kristin Ferriter Hagan, Carolyn Jacobs, M.S.W., Ph.D., and Paul J. Marchese, MBA, ChFC – to serve on the board.

“The new members bring a wide range of perspectives to the board and have experience in higher education, institutional advancement, and financial services,” said Harry E. Dumay, Ph.D., MBA, president of Elms College. “I am pleased to welcome Kristin, Carolyn, and Paul and I look forward to working with each of them as we advance the mission and vision of the college.”

Kristin Ferriter Hagan ’96 graduated from Elms College and earned her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in psychology. Most recently, Hagen served as director of development for St. Mary’s Parish School in Westfield. In that position, she was responsible for all major gift fundraising, grant writing, event planning, and community outreach.





Carolyn Jacobs, M.S.W., Ph.D., is a renowned social work professor, a spiritual director, and was Elms College’s 2017 Commencement speaker. She is a Dean Emerita of the Smith College School of Social Work, where she taught for 35 years. Jacobs received her bachelor’s degree from Sacramento State University, her master’s in social work from San Diego State University, and her doctorate from the Heller School of Brandeis University; she also received training as a spiritual director from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Mind & Life Institute in Charlottesville, VA. Jacobs previously served on the Elms Board of Trustees from 2009-2018.





Paul J. Marchese, MBA, ChFC, is executive vice president of business development and relationship management at St. Germain Investment Management and has over 35 years of experience in private banking, investment management, and financial planning. Prior to his tenure at St. Germain, he was vice president of business development for private banking at FleetBoston Financial Corp. Marchese currently serves as vice chair of the Board of Trustees for both Mercy Medical Center and Mason Wright Foundation. He is a board member of The Stanley Park of Westfield, Glenmeadow, and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. He also serves on the finance committees of Trinity Health of New England and Pathlight (formerly The Association for Community Living). Marchese holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University and an MBA in marketing from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.






About Elms College

Elms College is a co-educational Catholic college offering a liberal arts curriculum that gives students multiple perspectives on life. Founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Elms College has a tradition of educating reflective, principled and creative learners, who are rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart, responsive to civic and social obligations, and capable of adjusting to change without compromising principle.