Borislow Becomes Only Second Woman to Lead Northern Essex Community College Trustees

Jennifer A. Borislow, of Borislow Insurance of Methuen, is chairwoman of the Northern Essex Community College Board of Trustees. (Courtesy photograph.)

Marjorie E. Goudreault, the first chairwoman of Northern Essex Community Collège, also served as a member of the Haverhill School Committee and later Haverhill City Council.

Jennifer A. Borislow, founding principal of Borislow Insurance of Methuen, was recently named chairwoman of the Northern Essex Community College Board of Trustees by Gov. Charlie Baker.

Borislow is only the second woman in the college’s more than 50-year history to lead the board. The late Marjorie E. Goudreault was the college’s first and only trustee chairwoman until now. Goudreault had also served as a member of the Haverhill School Committee and, later, City Council. Borislow joined the Board of Trustees in 2017.

“As a trustee, Jennifer has proven to be thoughtful and a creative thinker. Her connections to our community and her business acumen will serve us well,” said Northern Essex President Lane A. Glenn.

Borislow replaces Jeffrey G. Linehan, who was appointed to the board in 2010 and has served as chair since 2015.

“Jeff is dedicated to this college and our students and he has been an excellent trustee chair. We will miss his leadership,” said Glenn.

Borislow, a lifelong resident of Methuen, is a nationally recognized expert, author and speaker on employee benefits, insurance and related business strategies. She is the chief executive officer and strategic coach of the organization. For more than 38 years she has helped business owners, executives and professionals develop a clear, strategic vision for their organizations that leverages employee benefits, risk management and more. Her specialty is working with educational organizations.

As chair, Borislow’s priorities will include strategic planning for 2021-2024, a review of the New England Commission of Higher Education accreditation process, board self-assessment, and meeting with each trustee and cabinet member to learn more about their role and commitment to the college.

“My focus will be on bringing strong listening and communication skills,” said Borislow.

Although her mother attended Northern Essex, Borislow admits that before joining the board she was a “casual observer/supporter of the community college experience.”

“Not having attended a community college myself, I was unaware of the numerous advantages of the amazing education it offers, both in learning and value. Over the past three years, I have gained so much appreciation and knowledge for every aspect of Northern Essex life—from the tremendous leadership of President Lane Glenn and his very talented cabinet, to the faculty, staff and students. NECC is a very special place.”

Borislow has been involved in a number of industry organizations and been active on several local boards including the Merrimack Valley YMCA Board of Trustees and Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H. She has co-authored several books including “Bend the Healthcare Trend” and written “Inspire to Act” and “Inspire to Act for Kids, “collections of stories that help others to embrace the power of kindness, and “If I Had Only Known.” a guidebook that offers guidance and help prepare to make informed choices related to the death of a loved one.

A graduate of Dickinson College she earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Political Science in 1982. She lives in Methuen with her husband Michael. They have two daughters Jessica and Lauren and a son-in-law Joshua Dollinger.

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