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Patrick Appoints 7 To UMass Board Of Trustees

Gov. Deval Patrick has appointed seven members to the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees, including his former transportation chief, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's former chief of staff and several Democratic loyalists.

Six of the seven are UMass graduates.

The new trustees include former state Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan, Massachusetts Bar Association President Richard Campbell, former Menino chief of staff Alyce Lee and Lawrence attorney Zoila Gomez.

Other appointees include Lawrence Carpman, who worked for Patrick's campaign and has donated more than $2,100 to him, and Margaret Xifaras an attorney and so-called "superdelegate" to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, where she backed Patrick's pick for president, Barack Obama.

They replace trustees who have completed their five-year terms.

Patrick also reappointed James Karam, chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees. Karam has contributed $4,500 to Patrick.

This program aired on September 8, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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