Renee Plummer to Speak at Great Bay Community College Commencement on May 14

05/02/2016 by Lisa Proulx

Entrepreneur and Business Leader, Jacqueline Eastwood to Receive Honorary Degree

PORTSMOUTH – Commencement exercises for the more than 200 members of the Great Bay Community College class of 2016 will be taking place on Saturday, May 14th at 10:00AM at the College’s Portsmouth campus on the Pease Tradeport.  The Speaker for the College’s 70th Commencement  Ceremony will be Renee Plummer, Vice President of Marketing at Two International Group.  In addition to helping to shape the development of the Pease International Tradeport, Plummer has often been tapped by business organizations to assist in various capacities, from Advisory Board to Development. She has long been involved in community and charitable organizations, spearheading  the efforts for the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, Prescott Park Arts Festival, Veterans Count, the Boston Portsmouth Air Show and the Boy Scouts. She is engaged in every local, state-wide and national election and is deeply committed to veteran causes.  She was appointed by Senator John Sununu to represent NH at the Business and Professional Women’s Leadership Summit in Washington, DC and in was named by the Portsmouth Herald among the top most influential women on the Seacoast.  

Plummer has also been a strong supporter of Great Bay Community College by actively connecting business to the College.  In 2011, she was the recipient of the Great Bay Community College Honorary Degree and in 2015 served as the Chair of the College’s Distinguished Leaders Award Event.

At this year’s Commencement Ceremony, the College will also present an Honorary Degree, Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts, to Jacqueline Eastwood, CEO and Co-founder of Salient Surgical Technologies and former VP of Medtronic, Inc.  Eastwood has served on a number of public and private boards and is the recipient of numerous awards for her contributions in entrepreneurial and technology initiatives.  She was named as a Mass High Tech all Star in 2003 and Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year in Medical Devices in 2004 and was a finalist in NH High Technology Council Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006. As a community leader, Eastwood she spearheaded an organization, The Global Child, that works to attract and educate underprivileged children in Cambodia.  A long supporter of Great Bay Community College, she helped to develop the Biotechnology program and in 2010, served as Commencement Speaker.  In 2013, she was honored by the College at their annual Distinguished Leaders Award event for her visionary leadership and support and in 2014 served as the Chair of the event.