Concord, NH – Granite State College is excited to announce two new representatives for the University System Student Board (USSB) for the 2018-2019 academic year. Mackenzie Murphy ‘19 will represent the College’s undergraduate students and Melissa Silvey ‘19 will serve the graduate student population.
As USSB members, Murphy and Silvey will work alongside the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) trustees and its committees to ensure that student voice is connected to the decision-making process. Each institution within the USNH—Keene State College, Plymouth State University, UNH, and Granite State—has two USSB representatives, making this a unique and prestigious opportunity for the student representatives.
Meet Your USSB Representatives
Mackenzie Murphy ‘19
B.S. in Psychology & Business Management, minor in Human Resources and Human Services
Mackenzie Murphy, an experienced student leader, offers impressive background in community involvement. A graduate of Nashua Community College (NCC), Mackenzie served as Student Senate President while working part-time in NCC’s Admissions Office. Mackenzie earned her associates degree in Teacher Education in 2017, as well as a School Aged Para-Educator II Certificate. While attending NCC, Mackenzie was awarded with the President’s Leadership Award through Campus Compact for NH and the 2017 Student Engagement Award. In September 2017, Mackenzie transferred to Granite State College, taking on a full-time course load while she worked full time as an AmeriCorps VISTA, a role headquartered within the Student Life Office at NCC. Outside of college, Mackenzie is passionate about civic engagement. She serves as the Communication and Staff Director for a congressional candidate and is a member of the budget committee of her local school district. Mackenzie is on track to graduate in June 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a double minor. With career aspirations to serve as a higher education administrator, Mackenzie looks forward to using her experience in student life to represent Granite State College for the 2018-2019 academic year for her fellow students at Granite State College and across the University System.
Melissa Silvey ‘19
M.S. in Leadership
A working professional from the greater Seacoast area, Melissa Silvey has spent most of her career in the nonprofit sector. She currently serves as a Recovery Coach for people with substance use disorders, offering support and guidance as an individual long-term recovery herself. During her time at Granite State, Melissa had put her knowledge gained from her M.S. in Leadership classes directly to work and opened a consulting firm, Impact∞Leadership∞Strategy, LLC. With expertise in improving leadership, organizational development strategies, and workplace engagement, Melissa is passionate about assisting organizations with change management, organizational renewal, efficiency strategies, continuous improvement processes, and more. Melissa remains passionate about nonprofits and enjoys working with leaders on strategic planning, succession planning, grant writing, and larger systems work. Melissa looks forward to using her background in leadership and organizational development within the overall university system to gain experience and affect positive change for students across New Hampshire and beyond. Melissa lives in Barrington, NH, with her 16-year-old daughter Emma.