Volunteer of the Year

David Brownell

David Brownell

Recipient of the UNH Foundation Volunteer of the Year Award

Former Tyco International executive David P. Brownell has been named the University of New Hampshire Foundation’s 2011 Volunteer of the Year. The Volunteer of the Year Award was established by the Foundation board and emeriti directors in 2000 to recognize exemplary service to the University and the foundation.

Brownell has served the UNH Foundation both as interim president and as vice chairman of its board of directors. Over the years, he also chaired several committees of the foundation board.

Brownell and his wife, Jeri, got involved with UNH in the early 1990s, when the first of their two daughters was an undergraduate. The couple established the Brownell Family Scholarship Fund in 1999 to provide financial support to New Hampshire residents who have the scholastic ability, but not the financial ability, to attend UNH.

In addition to his service to the foundation and to UNH, Brownell regularly volunteers his time to non-profit organizations in New Hampshire. He is a corporator of Exeter Health Resources and is assisting in development at the Krempels Center. He has been the moderator of the Stratham Community Church, vice chairman of the board of trustees at Exeter Health Resources, former president of the United Way of the Greater Seacoast (UWGS), former board member of the NH Business and Industry Association and former chair of the UWGS Endowment Committee. He also was the chairman of the 1997–1998 “Character Under Construction” capital fund campaign for the Daniel Webster Council-Boy Scouts of America, and served on the Daniel Webster Council nominating committee. He is the 1998 recipient of the Boy Scouts Citizen of the Year Award.

Brownell received his undergraduate degree from Clarkson University in 1965. He received the Golden Knight Award, Clarkson’s highest alumni honor, in 2000. Brownell established a scholarship in memory of his parents at his alma mater and was a member of the Clarkson alumni board.

Brownell retired from Tyco in 2003 after a long career as senior vice president for corporate marketing and community affairs. Prior to Tyco, he spent 19 years with the General Electric Co. He is currently on the board of directors of Unitil Corporation.

The Brownells’ two daughters are both UNH graduates. Kristen Brownell Dusseault ’94 received a B.A. cum laude in communications; Beth Brownell Vischer ’96, ’99G received a B.S. in communication disorders and a M.E.D. in elementary education. The Brownells’ son-in-law, Raymond Dusseault ’94, received his B.A. in psychology.