About Jay


  • BA in Communications with minors in Psychology and Education – Northern Illinois U.
  • PhD. in Political Science – Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois-Chicago


  • 43 years in higher education leadership and public finance
  • 28 years at Keene State College
    • 27 years as Vice President for Finance and Planning
    • 1 year as Interim President
  • Higher education consultant
  • Instructor of management, accounting and economics

 Professional Service

  • Director on the Society for College and University Planning
  • Chair of National Association of College and University Business Officer Comprehensive and Doctoral Institutions Council (currently serving as a mentor)
  • Commissioner on New England Association of Schools and Colleges —Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, the regional accrediting commission
  • Author of articles and presentations on strategic planning, budgeting, and facilities planning

Honorary Awards

  • American Institute of Architects – NH Chapter, Lifetime Honorary Member
  • Keene State College – Honorary Lifetime Alumnus

Community Service

  • Member of NH Workforce Investment and Opportunity Board
  • Member NH Coalition for Business and Education Board
  • Keene City Councilor
  • Past Chairman
    • Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce
    • Cheshire Medical Center
    • Monadnock Economic Development Corporation

Personal and Family

  • Family oriented
    • Husband to Cheryl, Retired High School Teacher, Married 44 Years
    • Father to David and Denise
    • Grandfather of Joshua and Andrew Terra
  • 47 years as a distance runner
  • Hobbies include gardening and sports of all sorts
  • Member of Congregation Ahavas Achim