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Kimon Zachos to be honored with New England Higher Education Excellence Award

Contact: John O. Harney, 617-357-9620 ext. 101 or

Jan. 7, 2011

Boston-The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) will honor Kimon Zachos of New Hampshire at its ninth annual New England Higher Education Excellence Awards celebration to be held Friday, March 11, 2011, at the Long Wharf Marriott Hotel in Boston, Mass. More than 500 people will attend this event, including leaders of education, business and government from across the six New England states.

Each year, NEBHE presents Regional Excellence Awards to individuals and organizations that have shown exceptional leadership on behalf of higher education and the advancement of educational opportunity, and State Merit Awards to honor the innovative work of organizations, institutions or individuals in each New England state.

Kimon Zachos is the recipient of the David C. Knapp Award for Trusteeship, which honors an individual who has made significant contributions as a trustee in providing leadership, guidance and support to an institution of higher education.


Mr. Zachos is a partner in the law firm of Sheehan, Phinney, Bass & Green. He served as a White House Fellow in 1965-1966 and as a special assistant to Attorney General Nicholas D. Katzenbach. He was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1969 through 1974, where he chaired the Judiciary Committee and served as majority leader and deputy speaker.


In 1994, he was named "Business Leader of the Year" by Business New Hampshire magazine and the New Hampshire Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. The Business and Industry Association awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. He is a trustee and past president of the board of the Currier Gallery of Art, a trustee of Southern New Hampshire University and former director and chair of the New Hampshire Charitable Fund. He also serves on the Legislative Ethics Committee, is a member of the Greater Manchester Hellenic Scholarship Committee and is director for the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies.

"Kimon Zachos embodies the combination of political, business and civic experience that has made the New England Board of Higher Education such an effective connector over the decades ," said NEBHE President and CEO Michael K. Thomas.

Additional information about NEBHE's New England Higher Education Excellence Awards is available online at

NEBHE is a congressionally authorized, six-state agency whose mission is to promote greater educational opportunities and services for residents of New England. NEBHE programs are principally focused on the relationship between New England higher education and regional economic development.

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