The Colby-Sawyer College Board of Trustees announced Monday, Feb. 24 it has elected Lisa M. Hogarty ’81 of Cambridge, Mass., as its next chair. Hogarty will begin her three-year term July 1, succeeding Peter “Pete” F. Volanakis of Hanover, N.H., who has served as chair since 2016.
Hogarty, the first Colby-Sawyer alumna to head the Board of Trustees since Anne Winton Black ’73, ’75 in 2011, joined the board in 2016 and has served as its vice chair since 2018. She sits on the Finance and Investment Committee, chairs the Facilities Subcommittee, and is a former member of the President’s Alumni Advisory Council.
“It has been such a privilege to be on the Colby-Sawyer board for the last four years working with a dedicated and generous group of trustees,” said Hogarty, Boston Children’s Hospital’s senior vice president of real estate planning and development since 2016. “Under the leadership of board chair Pete Volanakis and President Sue Stuebner, the board has worked through multiple challenges and capitalized on crucial opportunities to set the college on a path toward continued, long-term financial sustainability and to maintain the highest quality education available. I am honored and excited to take the ‘baton’ from Pete and carry on this work.”
After graduating from Colby-Sawyer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1981, Hogarty went on to earn a Master of Science in economic development and tourism from New York University. She worked as a Broadway stage manager on several notable shows — including “Whoopi Goldberg” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs” — before embarking on careers in hospitality, higher education and healthcare. Prior to her current role at Boston Children’s Hospital, Hogarty worked as vice president of campus services and facilities at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
Hogarty said she’s looking forward to advising and supporting the Colby-Sawyer community as it continues on a path of long-term financial sustainability and continued civic vitality both in New London and across New Hampshire.
“We are most fortunate to have Lisa Hogarty willing to step in as the next board chair,” Colby-Sawyer President Susan D. Stuebner said. “Lisa brings a wealth of expertise that is especially pertinent to Colby-Sawyer’s strategic direction. Her knowledge of healthcare and capital projects will be huge assets as the college prepares for our next decade and beyond. I look forward to working with Lisa on behalf of the college and continuing to build on Pete’s legacy.”
Joining Hogarty on board leadership will be Anthony “Tony” H. Librot ’94, who will serve as vice chair beginning July 1. Librot graduated from Colby-Sawyer with his Bachelor of Science in business administration in 1994, before earning a Master of Science in finance from Suffolk University. Librot, who currently serves as the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of AAM 15 Management — a hotel development and management company based in Burlington, Mass, joined the board in 2015.
Hogarty will replace one of the board’s most generous chairs in Volanakis, who along with his wife, Cathy, were inducted into the college’s Legends Society in 2018 for their philanthropic support of the college of more than $1 million. Volanakis, who joined the Board of Trustees in 2012 and was elected chair in 2016, will remain on the board through 2020 to serve out his final year as a trustee. During his time as a trustee, Volanakis chaired the college’s Presidential Search Committee and the Finance Committee, and served on the Board Organization Committee, the Academic Affairs and Investment Committees and the Admissions Tuition Pricing Policy Group.
“Serving as Colby-Sawyer’s trustee chair for the past four years has been one of the most interesting, challenging and enjoyable experiences in my career,” said Volanakis, who retired as president of Corning Incorporated in 2010. “It is a good time to hand off board leadership to Lisa Hogarty and Tony Librot, both accomplished alumni and experienced trustees. They have been deeply involved in strategy development, including the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Partnership. They know the numbers and are deeply connected with alumni, faculty and staff.”
Stuebner, who became the college’s president during Volanakis’s first year as chair of the board, said she is most grateful for his support of both the institution and her in her role as president.
“Colby-Sawyer has been extremely fortunate to have someone with Pete Volanakis’s background and skills as chair of the board the past four years,” Stuebner said. “Through his exemplary leadership and attention to good governance, Pete has elevated the performance of the board by helping to create a strong culture focused on outcomes, performance and well-being of the institution.”