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Superior Court Chief Justice Tina L. Nadeau Awarded 2013 Caroline L. Gross Fellowship

CONCORD, N.H. –New Hampshire’s Superior Court Chief Justice Tina L. Nadeau of Lee is the 2013 recipient of the Caroline L. Gross Fellowship. Awarded annually by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, this fellowship was established in memory of the late house majority leader to honor individuals dedicated to public service.

New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis and Charitable Foundation President Richard Ober presented the fellowship award on May 15 in a ceremony at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. The fellowship allows Nadeau to attend a three-week seminar for state and local officials at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


“I am delighted to see this award go to Tina Nadeau,” said Foundation President Richard Ober. “We look for the opportunity to celebrate leadership and public service in the community, and this award underscores both of those important qualities, carrying the values that distinguished Caroline Gross’s career forward.”


“I did not know Caroline Gross, but I know that her legacy was one of integrity, innovation and commitment to serve the citizens of this state with honor and dedication,” said Chief Justice Tina Nadeau. “I am humbled to receive this award in her name and will pledge to carry on her legacy by bringing the same leadership qualities to the position of chief justice of the Superior Court that she brought as a respected legislator and majority leader.”


Nadeau was appointed chief justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court in 2011 after serving as associate justice for several years. Her other professional experience includes Office of the Governor, where she served as legal counsel to former Governor Stephen Merrill and as an assistant attorney general in the Homicide Division.


Nadeau earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of New Hampshire in Durham and her juris doctorate from Franklin Pierce Law School in Concord (now the University of New Hampshire School Of Law).


“Justice Nadeau has served on the Superior Court for over 15 years, during which time she has been responsible for a number of significant innovations that have brought great value to the state, its communities and its citizens,” said Todd Selig, Durham town administrator who nominated Nadeau for the fellowship. “Tina Nadeau has assumed the chief justice position at a challenging time for state government and the judicial branch in particular. There is no better time for her to have the opportunity to participate in a program designed to support and assist leaders in their efforts to respond to challenges with energy and creativity.”

Caroline L. Gross was a New Hampshire native who devoted her adult life to public service, serving in numerous capacities in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, the governor’s office, and as a state representative from Concord.  In 1989, she was appointed house majority leader, a position she held until her death in 1993. Her friends, family and colleagues established a fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to provide permanent funding for the Caroline L. Gross Fellowship. 


The annual fellowship honors an extraordinary elected or appointed official in New Hampshire state or local government who demonstrates leadership ability and the highest standards of performance in public service. 


Previous Caroline L. Gross recipients include: Christopher Clement, Marilee Nihan, Orville “Bud” Fitch, Mary Beth Walz, Gina Apicelli, Philip Bryce, Catherine Provencher, Alan Robichaud, Tricia Lucas, Todd Selig, George Bald, Jason Hoch, Beverly Hollingworth, Senator Lou D’Allesandro, Merelise O’Connor, Joan Callahan, Kathleen Sgambati, Representative David Hess and Sylvio Dupuis.


The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation serves communities throughout New Hampshire, southeastern Maine and eastern Vermont. The Foundation manages a growing collection of charitable funds created by individuals, families and businesses, and awards about $30 million annually in grants and scholarships. Based in Concord, the Foundation roots itself in the communities through regional advisory boards. More information is available at www.nhcf.org or by calling 603-225-6641.