SEA Congratulates McGovern on Promotion

Union is thankful for her years of service

The SEA would like to congratulate Kate McGovern on her promotion to bureau chief of the state Bureau of Education and Training. McGovern has been an associate professor at the bureau since 2008 and has been active with the SEA a member of Chapter 20. Because her new position is not part of the bargaining unit, she is no longer able to be a SEA member.

Kate McGovern

Kate McGovern

Among her activities with the SEA, she was the employee trustee on the Board of Trustees of the New Hampshire Retirement System; chair of the SEIU Local 1984 Retiree Medical Trust; member of the Retiree Medical Coalition; member of our Retirement Committee; and alternate Councilor for Chapter 20.

If you’re not familiar with the Bureau of Education and Training, we profiled the program here in January. Among other services, the bureau provides classes and certification programs for public employees throughout the state. Several weeks into her new role, McGovern is focusing on several goals.

“What I want to do is on a couple different levels,” she said. “One, I want to make sure all public employees are aware of the programs we currently offer and encourage them to participate. I also want to reach out to all stake holders to receive input to what their top priorities are for the needs of the workforce going forward.”

McGovern said there was much she’d miss working with and on behalf of the SEA.

“I really enjoyed my work with our union retirement committee,” she said. “I have great confidence they’re going to keep moving forward in educating people.”

“I’m really going to miss my service on the NHRS board,” she said. “I was really fortunate to be nominated by our union to be our employee representative. That was very meaningful to me.”

SEA President Diana Lacey said McGovern’s service to the union would be missed.

“We truly appreciate all that Kate has done for the SEA, especially for our retirees through her work on the NHRS Board of Trustees and the Retirement Committee,” Lacey said. “While we’re sad to lose her, we’re sure she’s going to do great work at the Bureau of Education and Training. We’re looking forward to working with Kate and promoting the opportunities the BET provides to SEA members.”

McGovern said she’s hoping to stay in touch and get input on the program.

“I want to maintain communication with folks,” she said. “If they have an idea for a course, I would love to hear about it. And I’m hoping people will give suggestions about how to spread the word.”

“I look forward to hearing from folks and seeing people in our classes,” McGovern said. “I always look forward to seeing my friends from my many years with the union.”

You can find a complete listing of courses at the Bureau of Education & Training website,  and you can find an overview of the program here.

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