Business executive Claude Lancome named to board of trustees

Trustee Claude Lancome

Claude Lancome, executive vice president and in-house counsel for Coast and Harbor Associates, a firm that provides owner’s project management services to public and private owners and is located in Massachusetts and Washington, DC, was appointed a trustee of Salem State University by Governor Deval Patrick on August 14. He was sworn in on September 16.

A graduate of Earlham College and Harvard Law School, Lancome also holds a certification from the American Arbitration Association as a construction arbitrator. He has over 30 years of experience in construction management, claims analysis, insurance, labor agreements, negotiation, and contracting. The design and construction of the $800 million Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the largest convention facility in New England, the $50 million renovation of the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor, Maine, the new $65 million Land Port of Entry in Calais, Maine, and the new $95 million Land Port of Entry in Fabens, Texas, are among the significant projects in which he has been involved.  

In announcing Claude Lancome’s appointment to the Salem State University Board of Trustees recently, Patricia Maguire Meservey, the university’s president, made special note of his business acumen and record of accomplishment in construction and design management. “As Salem State continues the expansion of its physical plant, Claude Lancome’s will be a voice to which I know we will turn. His extensive business and legal background in large government building projects is of especial importance to the university at a time when it is embarking on the development of a new strategic plan and master visioning project.”

Commenting on his appointment, Lancome indicated that he looks forward to working with his fellow trustees and with Salem State University’s leadership. “Salem State is a first-rate educational institution and a significant economic driver for our region. I’m excited about the opportunities we as an institution have to further enhance our educational offerings and to expand our support for regional employers.”

A member of the Boston Bar Association, Claude Lancome has long been involved in both professional and community activities. The Marblehead resident currently serves as a member of the energy and infrastructure committee of the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, chair of the professional development/corporate real estate network for the International Facility Management Association of Boston, and chair of the regional outreach committee of the Urban Land Institute, Boston/New England Council. He is also a member of the Tufts Medical Center and Children’s Floating Hospital’s boards of governors and serves on the quality of care committee at Tufts Medical Center.