Two Suffolk University alumni who have gone on to become leaders in the state’s judiciary and health care industry have been elected as trustees by the Suffolk University Board.
Amy Nechtem, chief justice of the Massachusetts Juvenile Court, and Patrick F. Jordan, Lahey Medical Center chief operating officer, bring extensive experience operating large organizations that serve the needs of the community. Nechtem and Jordan have maintained strong ties to the University since earning their Suffolk degrees.
“We are so pleased that Amy Nechtem and Patrick Jordan will bring their exceptional insight, experience and enthusiasm for Suffolk to the Board of Trustees,” said Board Chair Robert Lamb. “They are outstanding individuals with proven records of moving important institutions forward. And they are dedicated alumni who recognize the significant role that Suffolk plays in this community and in shaping students’ lives. I am excited about the contributions they will make in helping this great institution continue to succeed in its mission of empowering students.”
Said Suffolk University President Margaret McKenna: “Chief Justice Amy Nechtem and Patrick Jordan have spent their careers focused on the public good. That kind of commitment to improving communities and organizations is at the heart of a Suffolk education. We are fortunate to have them as trustees, and I look forward to working with them and the entire board for the benefit of Suffolk and its students.”
A hallmark of Jordan’s career at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and other hospitals is his focus on improving service while ensuring efficiency. And Nechtem, as chief of the Massachusetts Juvenile Court, manages the administration of a department with 11 divisions while taking responsibility for educating new judges and providing continuing judicial education.
About Chief Justice Amy Nechtem
The Honorable Amy L. Nechtem earned a Suffolk University Law School JD in 1985. She is a member of the Suffolk Law Alumni Board and a familiar face at Law School networking events.
Nechtem served as an associate justice for 13 years in Essex County prior to her appointment as chief justice in July 2014. She previously served as a Suffolk County assistant district attorney for many years, prosecuting child abuse and major felony cases. She received the 2011 Massachusetts Judges Conference Judicial Excellence Award for the Juvenile Court Department and participates in outreach programs designed to encourage and support positive youth development.
Nechtem is the past president of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ), the country’s leading voice for women jurists committed to diversity and equality in the system of justice. She was awarded the Justice Joan Dempsey Klein Award, which is given to honor a judge who brings distinction to his or her office and exemplifies the goals of NAWJ. She continues to serve on national committees addressing issues of human trafficking, women’s rights in prison, juvenile justice focusing on equality for girls in detention, strategic planning for NAWJ and immigration challenges affecting youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
In addition to her Suffolk Law degree, Nechtem holds a BS from Simmons College, from which she received the Outstanding Community Service Award for her lifelong public service and commitment to women, children and her devotion to issues affecting the fair and equal access to justice in our courts.
About Patrick Jordan
Patrick Jordan, who earned an Executive MBA from Suffolk’s Sawyer Business School in 1996, has been a mentor to students and alumni from the public administration mentor program and serves on the Suffolk University Alumni Advisory Board and the Sawyer Business School Healthcare Administration Advisory Board.
He joined the Lahey Medical Center in Burlington, Mass., in 2014 and emphasizes integrating quality, patient safety and patient satisfaction in his role there. Jordan previously served as chief operating officer of Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass., where he was tapped to serve as interim president in 2012. In his early years at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Jordan was instrumental in the implementation of a fiscal recovery plan. He previously had worked in administrative roles at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Jordan served for seven years in the 82nd Airborne Division and Special Operations Command. He achieved the rank of captain during the invasion of Panama and was awarded the Bronze Star during the Persian Gulf War. Jordan holds a bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State College along with the Suffolk Executive MBA.