Senior Mary Bertrand named to board of trustees

Mary Bertrand

On May 19, Salem State University senior Mary Bertrand was sworn in at Salem Superior Court as the student trustee on the university’s board of trustees for the coming year. Elected by the student body, Bertrand begins her position immediately.

A double major in sociology and communications, she is no stranger to leadership positions, serving as an orientation navigator for freshmen and transfers arriving on campus in the fall, executive director of the Salem State University Residence Hall Association and as a tutor in the Writing Center.

Mary Bertrand is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the interdisciplinary honor society, and Lambda Pi Eta, the communications honor society. Following graduation next May, she plans to earn a graduate degree in higher education with a focus on student activities and leadership development.

Commenting on Bertrand’s new role, Salem State president Patricia Maguire Meservey noted that, “Mary’s election to the position of student trustee on the university’s board is indicative of the high regard with which her peers view her. A strong student and an involved and engaged member of our campus community, she will bring to the job a clear focus, an understanding of the issues facing higher education in the 21st century and the concerns of her fellow students."

Bertrand, the daughter of Robert Bertrand of Acushnet and JoAnn Bertrand, also of Acushnet, is anxious for the challenge. “Salem State is the only university to which I applied and I’ve grown and prospered so much in the three years I’ve been on campus. The opportunity to represent my fellow students in matters of great importance to them is both an honor and a privilege and I look forward to making their voices heard as I work with my fellow trustees to ensure that Salem State remains the focus of academic excellence for which it is known.”