UNH Manchester has announced that Richard Ober, President and CEO of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, will deliver the keynote address at the college's 30th annual commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 14.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is the largest private provider of nonprofit grants and student aid in northern New England, managing $600 million in charitable funds donated by hundreds of families and individuals, and awarding more than $30 million annually through grants and scholarships.
Ober has 30 years of experience in nonprofit management and civic affairs. Before joining the Foundation he held senior staff positions at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the Monadnock Conservancy. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards and public commissions, including several gubernatorial appointments.
Ober has written and lectured widely on community philanthropy, civic life and the connections between people and the places they live. His work has been published in books, book chapters, magazines and journals. He has been recognized with awards from the Environmental Protection Agency, the State of New Hampshire and Plymouth State University, and has repeatedly been named one of the state’s most influential people by Business New Hampshire magazine.
UNH Manchester's commencement ceremony will be held from 6 - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.