L.L. Bean Chairman Joins UNH Foundation


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Thursday, December 7, 2017
Shawn Gorman

Shawn Gorman ’89 — the third chairman in L.L. Bean’s century-plus history — is now the newest member of the University of New Hampshire Foundation’s board of directors. Courtesy Photo: UNH

DURHAM, N.H. -- Shawn Gorman ’89 — the third chairman in L.L. Bean’s century-plus history — is now the newest member of the University of New Hampshire Foundation’s board of directors.

The UNH Foundation, which was established in 1989 to build private support for the university, is an energetic team of volunteer leaders who direct their professional experience and passion for the university to strengthen and enhance academic quality and faculty excellence and to help provide outstanding facilities and a 360-degree student experience that sets the stage for UNH graduates’ lifelong success. Gorman graduated with a degree in English.

“We are incredibly fortunate that Shawn will now bring his considerable talents to benefit the work of the foundation board,” said Debbie Dutton, president of the UNH Foundation.

Gorman’s L.L. Bean career began in 1991 when he joined the company’s marketing department as an analyst. After serving a number of leadership positions in marketing, international, e-commerce, partnership marketing and creative, the great grandson of company founder L.L. Bean took over as executive chairman of the board in 2013.

The University of New Hampshire is a flagship research university that inspires innovation and transforms lives in our state, nation and world. More than 16,000 students from all 50 states and 71 countries engage with an award-winning faculty in top ranked programs in business, engineering, law, liberal arts and the sciences across more than 200 programs of study. UNH’s research portfolio includes partnerships with NASA, NOAA, NSF and NIH, receiving more than $100 million in competitive external funding every year to further explore and define the frontiers of land, sea and space. 

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Caption: Shawn Gorman ’89 — the third chairman in L.L. Bean’s century-plus history — is now the newest member of the University of New Hampshire Foundation’s board of directors. Courtesy Photo: UNH