2013 Award Recipients
Lieutenant General Mary Legere ’82
Doctor of Laws
United States Army
A native of Dover, N.H., and 1982 graduate of UNH, Mary Legere is a U.S. Army veteran whose military career spans three decades and includes tours in Germany, the Republic of Korea, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, the Pentagon, and other U.S. stations. She has commanded at every level of the Army.
In April 2012, she was selected to serve as the Army’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence, responsible for overseeing the readiness, modernization, and development of the 58,000 soldiers and civilians in the Army’s military intelligence corps.
Margaret Wood “Maggie” Hassan
Doctor of Laws
Governor of New Hampshire
Governor Margaret Wood “Maggie” Hassan began her career in public service in 1999 when Governor Jeanne Shaheen asked her to serve as an advocate for education. In 2004, Hassan won her first seat in the New Hampshire Senate, where she established herself as an able leader in the areas of job creation, improving access to quality education and healthcare, and developing a regional approach to environmental protection.
Hassan also used her considerable skill as a consensus builder to get legislation passed in support of issues as varied as gay marriage, consumer protection, and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. On January 3, 2013, she became the 81st governor of New Hampshire.
Doctor of Humane Letters
Businessman and former chair of University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees
For decades, Andrew Lietz has served as one of the most influential business and civic leaders in the state of New Hampshire. An executive with such companies as Amphenol, Safeguard Scientific, and Hadco, Lietz also served on three N.H. governor’s commissions that significantly improved public education and the economy in the state.
Lietz used positions as the chairman of the Board of Trustees and the state’s Business and Industry Association to successfully advocate for making high-quality education in the schools and colleges the basis for long-term economic growth.
Granite State Awards
Granite State Award
Enrichment program for troubled youth
In 1996, Sister Maximilian Cote founded the Running Nuns program at the St. Charles Children’s Home in Rochester, N.H. St. Charles provides a safe, nurturing setting for children who have severe behavioral issues. Some of these children have been removed from their homes because of trauma in the family. Running Nuns uses a daily exercise regimen to channel children’s energy in positive ways and help them develop greater self-confidence.
St. Charles also sponsors an annual 5k road race that has raised more than $155,000 for the home and engaged the wider community in the health benefits of physical activity.
Granite State Award
Emmy award-winning writer and television host dubbed “the voice of New Hampshire”
Over a career spanning a half-century, Fritz Wetherbee has established a reputation as one of New Hampshire’s premiere storytellers. Although Wetherbee has written for newspapers and magazine, done radio commentary and reports, and made films and T.V. shows about New Hampshire, he is best known as the writer and host of programs such as N.H. Chronicle, Fritz Wetherbee’s New Hampshire, and New Hampshire Crossroads.
He has, by his own count, produced no fewer than 2,000 stories about his beloved home state through his books and television programs. Wetherbee resides in Acworth, N.H.