- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The University of New Hampshire School of Law has named Richard Ashooh interim executive director of its law center.

Ashooh will lead the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy in Concord, which aims to promote leadership skills in its students focused on public service. He succeeds former State Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick, who stepped down in March.

Ashooh worked for six years on Rudman’s staff and served on the board of trustees for the University System of New Hampshire and the Business and Industry Association. Ashooh was most recently director of strategy and planning at BAE Systems, a global aerospace company.

A 1986 graduate of UNH, Ashooh served on the board of the Catholic Medical Center and the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.

“Warren thought the world of Rich,” said Margaret Rudman, the late senator’s widow. “Rich’s achievements in business and public policy, as well as his commitment to education, will make him a tremendous asset to the students and the university. I’m thrilled that he’ll be able to honor Warren’s legacy in his new positon.”

Rudman, who died in 2012, served as a U.S. senator for New Hampshire from 1980 to 1993.

Ashooh said his efforts will be dedicated to “bolstering the center’s fundamentals: institutional advancement, mission focus and meeting the needs of its students.”

Coinciding with Ashooh’s arrival, UNH President Mark Huddleston announced Wednesday the launch of the Rudman Public Forum Series at UNH. The series of discussions on topics of national importance will build on the previous public policy events platform supported at the law school and expand that institutional effort across the entire university.

When Broderick left, he said the university hadn’t meaningfully supported his work at the center.

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