Irving, president and founder of Data Guide Cable Corp. of Gardner, was selected by presidents of the state universities’ boards of trustees on Jan. 9 to succeed Bridgewater State University Trustee Louis Ricciardi on the statewide board.
“My job is to listen to the chairs of the boards of all the state universities, and all the presidents of the universities,” said Irving, who noted he looks forward to working with his peers and Gov. Charles Baker’s administration on issues affecting public higher education in Massachusetts. “As a trustee, business owner and graduate of the system, I look forward to advocating for our institutions, which play such a key role in the Commonwealth.”
Irving is a two-time alumnus of Fitchburg State, earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the institution. He has served on the University’s Board of Trustees since 2012. He has been trustee emeritus of Cushing Academy since 2013 after serving on that board from 1996 to 2013. He also served 10 years as a trustee at the Applewild School in Fitchburg and chaired the Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School Committee from 1985 to 1988.
“Don is one our institution’s success stories, and as a trustee he has devoted a great deal of time and energy to his alma mater,” said Fitchburg State President Robert Antonucci. “I am certain that he’ll be a significant asset to the BHE.”
“I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor,” said Carol T. Vittorioso, chairman of the Fitchburg State University Board of Trustees.
The Board of Higher Education is responsible for coordinating the commonwealth’s system of public higher education and its 29 campuses. Its core responsibilities are in the following areas: academic policy and program approval, financial aid, fiscal and capital planning, research and performance measurement, and workforce development.
At Fitchburg State, Irving recently chaired the presidential search committee tasked with finding finalists to succeed President Antonucci. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously in December to appoint Dr. Richard S. Lapidus to the post. Lapidus will assume his duties in July.
Irving is joined on the statewide board by Fitchburg State student Nathan Gregoire, who last fall was selected to represent all state university students.