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New Members Added to Rivier University Board of Trustees

Rivier University has appointed two new members to its Board of Trustees: Mr. John Stebbins of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Ms. Gerardine Ferlins of Hollis, New Hampshire.

“Rivier University is fortunate to have John Stebbins and Gerardine Ferlins join its Board of Trustees,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s president. “Both bring exceptional knowledge and experience to the BoardTheir vision and leadership will be an added source of strength in pursuit of our strategic goals for innovation in science and technology.”

Stebbins brings a wealth of information in construction, architecture and engineering. He is a Project Manager for XSS Hotels, a hotel development company with expertise in site selection, permitting, project design, interior design, procurement and project management. The company has opened several Marriott, Hilton, and Hampton Inn properties in New England, New York and New Jersey. Stebbins holds a B.A. in Theology from Georgetown University and a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.


Gerardine Ferlins has 40 years of manufacturing and leadership experience. Ferlins is founder of Cirtronics Corporation and currently serves as President/CEO. Cirtronics is a contract manufacturing business that builds complex technical products for high-tech clients. The company employs over 200 people in its Milford, New Hampshire, and Washington, D.C., facilities. Ferlins also has served on the Boards of NH Catholic Charities, Business Industry Association (BIA) of NH, NH Community Loan Fund, and Vested for Growth. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from the College of St. Rose.

With 2,500 students at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels, and academic programs serving both on-campus and online populations, Rivier’s Board of Trustees provides strategic direction in advancing the University’s core mission of transforming hearts and minds to serve the world.