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Law Student Elected to Board of Trustees
(Released: April 30, 2002)

By Richard Veilleux, Office of University Communications

STORRS, Conn. -- Richard Twilley, a first-year student at the University of Connecticut School of Law and a resident of HARTFORD, was elected to UConn's Board of Trustees during balloting last month.

Twilley, who earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from UConn in 1996, also is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving as a nuclear propulsion officer onboard U.S.S. Annapolis (SSN 760) after graduating from UConn and the Navy's Officer Candidate School. He is the first graduate or professional school student elected to the Board since the General Assembly passed a law adjusting the Board's bylaws to ensure there is always one graduate or professional school student and one undergraduate student sitting on the panel. Previously, both student seats on the 19-member Board could have gone to undergraduates or graduates.

Twilley, formerly of MYSTIC, believes he can accommodate both groups, given his lengthy connection to UConn.

"By being an alumnus as well as a (current) student, I bring a broad perspective to the Board," Twilley says. "I was here in the 1990s, before UConn 2000, and I'm here now, watching the wonderful transformation of the University. I have very strong feelings about the future, and believe that an investment in UConn is an investment in Connecticut."

Twilley says he expects to concentrate on keeping UConn affordable; helping ensure that the remaining projects on the UConn 2000 list and, hopefully, projects proposed under 21st Century UConn, are completed responsibly; that students are treated fairly and equally; and that University officials complete implementation of the strategic plan outlined by the Trustees in 1995.

Twilley graduated from Robert E. Fitch High School in Groton in 1992. While at UConn, he was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, and he was the School of Engineering's lone Honors Scholar in the Class of '96. During his service in the Navy, he won numerous medals and awards, including the Navy Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Twilley, who outpolled four other students for the seat, will replace Trustee Christopher Albanese, a law student whose terms expires June 30. Twilley will serve for two years.

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