Bedford’s Galway to head USNH board

The University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees elected Richard Galway, of Bedford, as board chairman at its annual meeting June 19. His term runs for one year beginning July 1.

The 27-member board is responsible for the oversight of the university system, which includes the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Keene State College and Granite State College.

Galway graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of New Hampshire in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts. He studied at the University of Leeds in England as a Fulbright Scholar from 1966-67 and graduated from Boston University Law School in 1970 with a Juris Doctor.

He was a partner at Devine, Millimet, and Branch, P.A., in Manchester from 1970-95. Galway was appointed to the New Hampshire Superior Court by Gov. Steve Merrill in 1995, to the New Hampshire Supreme Court by Gov. Craig Benson in 2004, and became a senior justice in 2009.

He is a past president of the New Hampshire Bar Association and a member of the American, New Hampshire and Manchester bar associations. He is also the author of two books about workers’ compensation law in New Hampshire.

Galway is the recipient of the New Hampshire Magazine Award of Excellence; the Boston University Law School Alumni Award; the 2009 Public Interest Project Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University Law School; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Manchester Bar Association and the Judicial Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Association of Justice.

Galway also was appointed to the USNH Board of Trustees by Gov. John Lynch on June 15, 2009.