Christopher A. Barreca Elected Chairman of Boston University Board of Trustees

in News Releases, University Affairs
January 9th, 2003

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(Boston, Mass.) – The Boston University Board of Trustees today unanimously elected Connecticut attorney Christopher A. Barreca as chairman. Barreca succeeds Richard B. DeWolfe, who recently announced his intention to step down following the sale of his business, The DeWolfe Companies, Inc., the largest residential real estate company in New England.

“Chris Barreca is an extraordinarily generous and loyal trustee,” said DeWolfe. “He has dedicated himself to the advancement of Boston University from the first day following his graduation from BU, and his service has proved that.”

Barreca attended the Boston University General College and earned his J.D. degree from the School of Law in 1953. He earned his LL.M. degree from the Northwestern University School of Law in 1968. Currently, he is Senior Counsel in the Stamford, Conn. office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker. He first served on the BU Board from 1970 to 1973, and has continuously served as a Trustee since 1977.

“I’m flattered to be elected chairman,” said Barreca, “and very proud of Boston University as one of the premier universities not only in our country, but in the world.”

Barreca has had a long and distinguished career as an attorney specializing in labor and employment law. He has been a lecturer at Northwestern University and an adjunct professor in the schools of law at both the University of Louisville and the University of Bridgeport. He was senior labor and employment law counsel for the General Electric Company at its headquarters in Fairfield, Conn., before joining Paul, Hastings in 1993.
He has served as chairman of a number of committees of the American Bar Association and the American Arbitration Association. He is the author of “Labor Arbitrator Development” (1983), “Labor Arbitration: A Practical Guide for Advocates” (1990), and “Labor Arbitration: Case And Materials for Advocates” (1997), as well as numerous articles.

Barreca was president of the Student Bar Association and was named “Man of the Year” in 1952 by the BU News. He served as president of the BU Alumni Association from 1977 to 1979 and received the University’s Alumni Award in 1984.

He met his wife, Alice, while both were students at BU. She graduated from Sargent College in 1953, and both have served on the Executive Board of the Alumni Association.

The Barrecas have lived in Weston, Conn., for many years, where he served as a selectman and on the Board of Education.

In other business, the Board voted to make permanent the appointments of Jeffrey Henderson as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School, and Douglas Sears as dean of the School of Education. Both had been serving ad interim.

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