NHIA Elects Two New Trustees

Jennifer Robertson on 12.03.15

The New Hampshire Institute of Art Elects Two New Trustees
Stan Fry and Tom Stevens

Manchester, NH (December 3, 2015)— The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is pleased to announce the election of two new trustees to its board: Stan Fry and Tom Stevens. Mr. Fry and Mr. Stevens join the college’s Board of Trustees at a pivotal time at NHIA, the oldest and largest arts institution in New Hampshire. Recently, the college has announced exciting new collaborations with several Manchester-based institutions and expanded its thriving undergraduate, graduate, and community education programs with new offerings in Peterborough and Concord, New Hampshire.

NHIA’s newest trustees bring a wealth of experience to NHIA’s board.

Stan Fry is recognized as a pioneer and expert in optical character recognition and imaging scanning technology whose contributions have helped shape the development, conceptualization, design, and creation of dozens of hardware and software imaging products.

Currently, Mr. Fry serves as Chairman of numerous company boards and his own companies hold nearly 1,400 patents in various technologies. In 1996, he co-founded Flashpoint Technology, Inc. and has been its Chief Executive Officer since 1999. He is the Founder of PictureWorks Technology, Image Software, Pixami, Collision Communications, Concert Technology, Scenera Research and RetroReflective. He served previously as a Director for Research and Development of Wang Laboratories until 1995. In addition, Mr. Fry has held multiple patents and developed the first commercially available scanner.

Mr. Fry’s personal interest include collecting art—specifically early 20th Century American Impressionism—as well as photography, wine collecting, and gardening. He resides with his wife Cheri in Peterborough, New Hampshire, where he is active in local real estate development. 

Tom Stevens served as the Chief Administrative Officer of KeyCorp from 2001 to June 30, 2013. He also served on the Board of Directors of KeyCorp and was Vice Chairman of the Board from 2001 to 2013.

Mr. Stevens served as Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of KeyCorp from 1997 to 2001. Before joining KeyCorp in 1996, he was the Managing Partner of Thompson Hine, a large, national law firm based in Cleveland, Ohio. At Thompson Hine, he served as the outside counsel for KeyCorp and Society Corporation for over two decades as well as representing other publicly held clients such as Steris Corporation, Eaton Corporation, and American Consumer Products.

Tom was active with numerous civic organizations in Cleveland, Ohio including serving as a Co-Chair of the Professional Market Division of United Way Services, Campaign Chairman for JumpStart, Inc., and on the Board of Trustees of the Playhouse Square Foundation, where he served as Chairman from 2010 to 2013. He was also Chairman of the Board of the Cleveland Leadership Center and of the Greater Cleveland Roundtable, and a Board member of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland, and the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation. Tom was also a Member of the Financial Services Roundtable, the Council of Institutional Investors, New York Bankers Association and the American and Cleveland Bar Associations.

He graduated with a JD degree from the Duke University School of Law in 1974 and received his BA degree, summa cum laude from The State University of New York at Albany in 1971. He retired in June 2013 and relocated with his wife Christine to Manchester, New Hampshire.

“Stan Fry and Tom Stevens are both dynamic and successful business leaders as well as passionate philanthropists who have shown tremendous dedication to their communities and the arts,” said Kent Devereaux, President of NHIA. “We are proud to have them join our Board and I look forward to working closely with them over the next few years as the college enters an exciting new era in its 117-year history.”

“NHIA has been an important part of the cultural fabric of Manchester and New Hampshire as a whole since its founding in 1898,” said Joe Reilly, Chair of NHIA’s Board of Trustees and Regional President of Eastern Bank. “I’m excited about the expertise and commitment that Stan and Tom will bring to our Board as we expand our reach beyond New Hampshire and build a national reputation for artistic excellence here in our community.”

Mr. Fry and Mr. Stevens join 22 other trustees whose experience ranges from artists to developers to business leaders.



Joseph Reilly, Chair, New Hampshire Regional President, Eastern Bank
Elias (Skip) Ashooh, Vice Chair, Consultant6
John Mercier, Treasurer, Executive Vice President, Primary Bank
George Foote, Jr., Secretary, former President, Advantec
Maurice Beliveau, Artist and Publisher
Barbara Bickford, Trustee Emeritus, Photographer
Monica Bilson, Ph.D., Director and Chair, Creative Writing, New Hampshire Institute of Art
Howard Brodsky, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, CGA Global Partners
Suzanne Canali, Director, Master of Arts in Art Education, New Hampshire Institute of Art
Ellie Cochran, Consultant
Ellen Davis, Professional Artist
Theresa Dolloff, former Marketing Director, Cityside Corporation
Tom Dougherty, Vice President, Corporate Technology and Information Management, Fidelity Investments
Stan Fry, Chief Executive Officer, Flashpoint Technology
Benjamin F. Gayman, Attorney at Law, Devine, Millimet & Branch P.A.
Stephen Gehlbach, M.D., Dean (Retired), School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts
Terry Heinzmann, Professional Artist
Maureen Mills, Chair, Ceramics, New Hampshire Institute of Art
David J. Murray, Principal, Clear Eye Photo
Adrienne Silversmith, alumnus, New Hampshire Institute of Art
Bill Stevens, President, Harvey Construction Corporation
Tom Stevens, former Chief Administrative Officer, KeyCorp, (Retired)
Phyllis Stibler, Founder and Former President, Stibler Associates LLC
Chris Ward, Professional Artist