WEST HARTFORD — The University of Saint Joseph’s board of trustees announced that current trustee Elizabeth Barton has been elected to serve as chair of the Board for a term that will run from July 1, to June 30, 2020. Additionally, the Board will be welcoming two new trustees.

Barton, an attorney with Day Pitney LLP, has more than 25 years of experience in environmental and land use litigation, permitting, and consultation, all of which encompass involvement at the federal, state, and local levels. Her clients are involved in manufacturing, energy, real estate, project development, and restructuring. She provides legal services in support of innovative development projects, including large Brownfield restoration projects in Connecticut, such as the Brass Mill Center in Waterbury; smaller urban initiatives, such as the Learning Corridor in Hartford; and mixed-use projects like the Blue Back Square development in West Hartford.

Barton currently serves on the Academic Affairs and Audit and Risk Management Committees of the board. She was a member of the 2014 Presidential Search Committee that brought Rhona Free, USJ’s current president, to campus.

The new members of the USJ board of trustees, who were elected to terms that run from July 1 to June 30, 2021, are: Rohan Freeman, founder and president of Freeman Companies LLC; and Jeanne B. Merola, retired senior vice president, Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company.

Freeman,is president and CEO of Freeman Companies, LLC, an award-winning company that offers site development, engineering design, and construction services. The firm is involved with several large-scale, transformative public projects, including Dunkin’ Donuts Park — home of the Hartford Yard Goats Baseball team — and supplemental residential and commercial space, part of the $350 million DoNo project.

Merola joined the board in 2003 and was subsequently appointed board chair in July 2008, a role she served until 2014; she was named trustee emerita in 2016. Merola recently retired from the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, where she held various senior management positions over more than 30 years, including chief operations officer for the Treaty Division. .

NORTH HAVEN — Karen Myrick, of West Hartford, associate professor of nursing at Quinnipiac University, is one of 49 nursing faculty members from across the country selected by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to participate in the 2018 Leadership for Academic Nursing Program July 29-Aug. 2 in Chaska, Minn.

LANP is designed for people who have experience in academic administration and aspire to more senior administrative or executive positions within the nursing academic unit. The yearlong fellowship provides participants with a focused assessment experience, a range of content and exercises related to successful executive leadership, and the opportunity to establish a peer network that fosters long-term partnerships and collegial support.

Program participants come from 25 states and represent an array of institution types, including small liberal arts programs, public and private schools and large academic health centers. They were selected following a competitive review process.

Myrick earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctor of nursing practice degrees from the University of Connecticut and received a post-master’s certificate in nursing from George Washington University in 2002. She is certified as both a family and adult nurse practitioner and has a strong background in orthopedics, sports medicine and emergency/urgent care.

WEST HARTFORD — Louisa Gillett, a West Hartford native and graduate of The Ethel Walker School, accepted an offer to attend the United States Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, RI. Gillett was one of about 16,500 students nationally to apply to the Naval Academy and one of approximately 250 students to be given the opportunity to attend the prep school. Candidates must both qualify for Naval Academy admission and earn a nomination as part of their application.

Upon successful completion of the curriculum that includes study in calculus, chemistry, physics and English as well as basic military instruction, she will have the opportunity to earn an appointment to the Naval Academy’s class of 2023. An appointment to the United States Naval Academy is equivalent to a full four year scholarship including all tuition, room and board, medical and dental benefits, and a monthly midshipmen stipend. After completing the four-year curriculum at the Naval Academy, students receive a bachelor’s degree and earn a commission as an officer in the United States Navy or Marine Corps.