Four Alumni Named to UL's '40 Under Forty' Class

Sunday, January 25, 2009
SNHU Communications Office

SNHU Alumni Joseph Kenney, Geoff Krill , Philip Aguot and Lyn Gelinas, make the Union Leader's '40 Under Forty' class

Bob Charest
Special Editions Editor

THEIR AVERAGE AGE is just under 34 years old.

Already, one of them has founded a citywide marathon. Another has testified in Washington before a House committee. And another was the lead counsel for the state's trial team that secured New Hampshire's first capital-murder conviction in decades.

The youngest, at age 20, head's a town's school board, sits as a legislator in Concord, and serves as an assistant scoutmaster, all while pursing his own education as a full-time student at UNH.

They are the eighth class of "40 Under Forty," the honors program that recognizes the state's emerging leaders, started by the New Hampshire Union Leader in 2002. Today's 40 join 280 others named over the years, from the first class that included Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, Major League baseball pitcher Chris Carpenter and Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta to last year's class, which named Raymond Police Chief David T. Salois, N.H. Liquor Enforcement Chief Eddie Edwards and Strafford County Attorney Thomas P. Velardi for the honors. Along the way, others have included skier Bode Miller, U.S. Army Captain Ryan K. Welch and former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand.

Today's 40 young leaders who are helping to make New Hampshire a better place to live were nominated by readers who were asked to name those they felt deserving of the honor. We asked during December via a coupon published several times in the newspaper and online, and many of you responded. (Please visit the Union Leader to read the complete story and view the full '40 Under Forty' class.)

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