NHIA Elects Clougherty and Becker to Board

Jennifer Robertson on 05.01.18

The New Hampshire Institute of Art Announces New Trustees and New Board Leadership

Manchester, NH (May 1, 2018) —The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) announced today the election of two new trustees, Kevin Clougherty and Beate Becker, to its Board. These two newest trustees continue the college’s ongoing initiative to broaden its Board with the expertise of individuals from a variety of backgrounds.

Additional biographical information on the trustees mentioned above follows.

Kevin Clougherty, Trustee

Kevin Clougherty’s career in public service began in 1972 in Manchester, New Hampshire as a senior member of the team that successfully developed and implemented one of the first capital improvement programs (CIP) in the country. He was then appointed Director of the State’s performance audit program and in 1985 was appointed the State of New Hampshire’s first ever Chief Deputy State Treasurer.

Mr. Clougherty left state service in 1989 to become the Chief Financial Officer of Manchester, NH. He remained in that position for the next twenty years during which time his office oversaw the development of numerous major capital projects including Manchester/Boston Regional Airport, the Verizon (now SNHU) Wireless Arena, Delta Dental stadium, and numerous public works (water/sewer) and school expansion projects. Mr. Clougherty subsequently served as CEO and CFO of Primex3 a $100 million public risk management pool.

In 2008, Mr. Clougherty agreed to serve a single term as Commissioner of Revenue for the State of New Hampshire with the expressed assignment of automating and modernizing the state Department of Revenue Administration. Mr. Clougherty completed his state service in 2013 having successfully implemented electronic scanning, remittance processing, and the country’s first sustainable geospatial information system (GIS) for property tax appraisal and rate setting.

Currently, Mr. Clougherty is an Intermittent Advisor for the United States Treasury Department, Office of Technical Assistance. His current assignment is working to improve liquidity/ cash management operations in Ukraine, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Afghanistan. Mr. Clougherty also serves on several nonprofit boards and is an adjunct faculty member with the University of New Hampshire’s graduate school.

Beate Becker, Trustee

Beate Becker spent much of her career pioneering creative economy initiatives at the city, state, and regional levels. She was the founding director of DIGMA, the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Cultural Economic Development program and the New England Creative Economy Initiative. She also served as Special Assistant for Creative Sector Development at the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

Ms. Becker, in collaboration with the economic development firm of Mt. Auburn Associates, co-authored cultural development strategies for the State of Louisiana, the City of Lowell, and the New England region.  As an independent consultant, she has worked with clients ranging from public sector agencies in Europe and the UK to family-owned businesses in New Hampshire to promote the growth of artists, designers and creative enterprises.

In addition to her work in the creative sector, Ms. Becker was the Executive Director of the Cornucopia Project, a non-profit organization in Peterborough that teaches gardening in elementary school throughout the Contoocook Valley. Ms. Becker has served on a number of non-profit boards and is currently active with the Boston Arts Academy, the International Institute of New England and the Yale School of Management.  She resides in Arlington, MA and Harrisville, NH.