FPU Welcomes Board of Trustees Members

Jan 1, 2020

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John Burke '66

Robert "Bob" Riley '82, John Burke '66, and Terrell Boston Smith '05 join the Board

The Board of Trustees of Franklin Pierce University, the governing body of the institution, has appointed three new members, including Robert Riley '82, John Burke '66 and Terrell Boston Smith '05.

John T. Burke, Jr., of Clinton, Massachusetts, is currently the owner and founder of American Legal Investigative Services, a Boston-based firm actively engaged in the business of private investigations and security consulting. Burke received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin Pierce as a member of the inaugural class of 1966 and later his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Fitchburg State University. Burke served as a Special Agent of the FBI for more than 30 years and retired in 1998 to accept a position with State Street Bank and Trust, and soon after as president of American Legal Resources, Inc. Burke is a member of the Former Special Agents of the FBI Association and the Licensed Private Detective Association of Massachusetts. Prior to his appointment to the Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees, Burke served a term as President of the Franklin Pierce Alumni Association and as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1996-2000. Burke is a prior recipient of the Franklin Pierce Alumni Participation Award, the Power of the Raven Award, and the Dr. Frank S. DiPietro Founder's Award.

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Bob Riley '82

Robert “Bob” Riley, of South Kingstown, Rhode Island, is a 1982 graduate of Franklin Pierce, and an information systems professional with 35 years of experience, focusing on corporate business operations, with diverse work experience across IS management, application development, project planning, and vendor management. He is currently a Senior Analyst at Care New England, Rhode Island’s second largest healthcare group. Riley is married to Franklin Pierce alumna Kim Lewis Riley ’83, and both of them been active in Alumni Board support for 10 years. A former President of the Franklin Pierce Alumni Association, Riley has also led Alumni Board committee work. He holds an MBA in Global Leadership from Johnson & Wales University and maintains certification (CPIM) and affiliation with APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society).

Terrell Boston Smith, of Baltimore, Maryland is a Founding Partner at The Tidemore Group, a management and public affairs firm that guides businesses, non-profit organizations, labor unions, and progressive causes. He is also a Managing Partner of Marshall & Lafayette Real Estate Services, a property management and real estate investment company that creates and manages world-class affordable and single-family housing. A 2005 graduate of Franklin Pierce who earned a Master’s of Public Administration from Baruch College – The City University of New York, Terrell previously served as the Campaign Manager and Political Director for Brian Frosh’ssuccessful campaign for Attorney General of Maryland. Following the campaign, he served as Special Assistant to Attorney General Frosh in the Maryland Office of the Attorney General. He has previously served as Senior Advisor on numerous political and referendum campaigns, as Government Relations Advisor for an Annapolis and Baltimore-based law and government relations firm’s government relations practice, in the Retail Investment Group of T. Rowe Price Associates and at the Baltimore Community Foundation. Terrell and his wife, Amy are raising their family in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood.

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Terrell Boston Smith '05

“We’re extremely pleased to have three Franklin Pierce alumni with such depth and breadth of talent and experience join the Board of Trustees. Bob, John and Terrell have all been closely involved with Franklin Pierce, its students and alumni over the years, and we look forward to their contributions to the board,” said Board Chair Steve Camerino. 

Learn more about the Franklin Pierce University Board of Trustees.