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Colby-Sawyer College Elects Thomas C. Csatari as Chair of its Board of Trustees

NEW LONDON, N.H. – Thomas C. “Tom” Csatari of Hanover, N.H., was elected chair of the Colby-Sawyer College Board of Trustees. Csatari joined the board in 2005 and succeeds Anne Winton Black '73, '75, who stepped down from the board in May after completing her term as chair.

“I was truly honored to be asked to lead the Colby-Sawyer Board of Trustees, and I am incredibly enthusiastic about the enhancements at the college that we will pursue under the leadership of President Tom Galligan and his talented executive staff,” says Csatari. “Following in the impressive footsteps of longtime Board Chair Anne Black, and the wonderfully talented chairs who preceded her, will be a monumental challenge, but with the strong support of a dedicated and hard-working board, I am excited about that challenge. Colby-Sawyer has evolved successfully in the past 20 years to confront changing times, and the board plans to sustain its historic mission while continuing to meet the needs of a new generation of students.”

For the past three years, Csatari has served as chair of the board's Academic Affairs Committee, where he's done an outstanding job, according to President Tom Galligan. “Tom is an intelligent, compassionate and dedicated person, who, with his wife, Judy, has done great things for the college through the creation of the Gladys A. Burrows Distinguished Professorship in Nursing,” he says. “They have contributed much to every community in which they have lived and worked.”

Csatari holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Dartmouth College and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Vanderbilt University School of Law. He has practiced law since the mid-1970s. He now works with Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, which has six offices across Vermont, New Hampshire and New York, where he specializes in estate planning, probate administration and healthcare law. Csatari was recently selected by his peers for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America® 2011 for his trusts and estates practice.

An active member of the Hanover and Dartmouth College communities, Csatari is vice president and a director of Theta Delta Chi and serves as a moderator for the Dresden and Hanover School Districts. He was a member of the Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors for six years and a director of David's House for seven years, including three as its president. Csatari also served as the 25th reunion co-chair for his class at Dartmouth and as a member of its Committee on the Student Life Initiative.

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