The Suffolk University Board of Trustees approved 12 new members at its Oct. 4 meeting.

The board’s Nominating Committee conducted a search that included an extensive interview process before recommending candidates who have demonstrated exceptional business and management leadership, according to Board Chair Andrew C. Meyer, Jr.

The recommendations were made at the August board meeting and reviewed by the full board in September. A formal vote took place Oct. 4.

“Our dedicated board members look forward to augmenting their expertise by bringing in these new members,” he said. “Together we will solidify our efforts to maintain the highest standards of academic excellence while remaining mindful of the challenging financial climate and its impact on our students.”

The new trustees include five University alumni.

Meyer said that the reconfigured board will make it a priority to keep tuition as affordable as possible while bringing the excellence of a Suffolk University education to new heights.

The new trustees are:

  • Roger Berkowitz, president and CEO, Legal Sea Foods
  • John L. Brooks, III, president and CEO, Joslin Diabetes Center
  • Jeanette G. Clough, president and CEO, Mount Auburn Hospital and a Sawyer Business School alumna
  • Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, a Law School alumnus
  • John Fernandez, president and CEO, Massachusetts Eye and Ear
  • David Hoberman, Hollywood producer and founder of Mandeville Films
  • Julie Kahn, vice president and general manager, Entercom New England
  • E. Macey Russell, partner at Choate Hall & Stewart and a Law School alumnus
  • Robert K. Sheridan, president, Savings Bank Life Insurance Company of Massachusetts and a Law School alumnus
  • Marshall M. Sloane, chairman and CEO, Century Bank
  • Mark Sullivan, general counsel, Bose Corp.
  • Damian W. Wilmot, partner at Goodwin Procter and a Law School alumnus