Yakovakis Is Named UNH Foundation's Volunteer of the Year
Contact: Mary Peterson
University Relations and UNH Foundation
Sept. 23, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. — University of New Hampshire alumnus James
S. (Jim) Yakovakis has been named as recipient of the UNH Foundation’s
Volunteer of the Year Award. The award was established in 2000
by the foundation board of directors and its emeriti directors
to recognize exemplary service to the university and the foundation.
“Jim Yakovakis is the ideal recipient of this award,” Young
Dawkins III, president of the UNH Foundation says. “As a
University System of New Hampshire trustee, and chair of the board,
Jim also sat on our UNH Foundation Board. His great strength comes
from his knowledge of the state from his years as an attorney and
his long experience with the university system. He is a tireless
and passionate advocate for the university.”
A 1957 graduate of UNH, Yakovakis received his J.D. degree from
New York University School of Law and his LL.M. from Boston University
Law school. He joined the Manchester law firm of Wadleigh, Starr,
Peters, Dunn & Kohls after graduation, and later opened his
own practice in 1982 in Manchester. He now is retired.
Yakovakis received the UNH Profile of Service Award in June 2002.
He was a member of the UNH Foundation Board of Directors from 1993-99;
a member of the Next Horizon Campaign National Volunteer Leadership
Committee; a member of the University System of New Hampshire Board
of Trustees from 1986-93; served as chair of the University System
of New Hampshire from 1990-93; received the UNH Alumni Meritorious
Award in June 1993; and was chair of the UNH Presidential Search
Committee in 1989.
During the UNH Foundation’s Next Horizon campaign, Yakovakis
met with business
leaders and individuals to raise funds for the UNH Manchester library.
In a long career that has been distinguished by service, Yakovakis
also was chair of the board of directors of Amoskeag Bank, the
director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of New Hampshire, director
of the New Hampshire Lung Association and trustee of the Ann deNicola
Yakovakis and his wife, Dorothy Lane Graves Yakovakis, live in