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Fellows of the Association Award

Thomas J. Flygare - 1998

Thomas J. Flygare, of New Hampshire. Thomas Flygare has just formed a new law firm -- Flygare, Schwarz & Clossen. From 1986-1998, he was a partner with Sheehan, Phinney, Bass and Green, practicing in the general areas of employment, health care, business contracts, and intellectual property. He serves as legal counsel to a number of colleges, universities, and school districts, including New Hampshire College, the University System of New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire School Administrators Association.

Mr. Flygare received his B.A. from St. Olaf College, his M.A. and his Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Prior to joining Sheehan, Phinney, Bass and Green, he was Vice Chancellor and General Counsel of the University System of New Hampshire.

Mr. Flygare was a member-at-large of the NACUA Board of Directors from 1986-1989 and served as its Secretary from 1995-1998. He has been an integral part of the Publications Committee since 1988, when NACUA published its first stand-alone publication. He has served as a reactor to every outline that became a NACUA pamphlet or monograph, and as a “reader-referee” for every draft developed from those outlines. There hasn’t been a single NACUA pamphlet or monograph in the past 10 years that wasn’t enhanced by his comments. Mr. Flygare is himself the author of The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993: Applications in Higher Education (1994; 2nd edition, 1995) and is currently completing another pamphlet, What to Do When the U.S. Department of Labor Comes to Campus: Wage and Hour Law in Higher Education.

Mr. Flygare has also been a member of the Arrangements (Chair, 1990-91), Board Operations, Information Services, Member Services (Chair, 1984-85), Print Media & Information Services, Site Selection (Chair, 1986-87) and Services to Small Colleges Committees (Chair, 1991-1993).