The following is a press release from the Newport Historical Society.

At the Newport Historical Society Annual Meeting on December 13, 2018, President Thomas P.I. Goddard, and Treasurer Dickson Boenning, both long-serving officers, retired from the Board. Both plan to stay involved.

A new slate of officers was presented to the membership: Paul McGreevy, President, Nancy Cardoza, Treasurer, Nancy Parker Wilson, First Vice President, Dwight Sipprelle, Second Vice President, Douglas Newhouse, Secretary, and President Emeritus, Thomas P.I. Goddard.

Goddard and Boenning were part of the leadership team that took the NHS through a 10-year revitalization project, culminating in the current capital campaign which doubles the NHS endowment and funded the rehabilitation of its early 20th century headquarters building. Goddard, who lead the strategic planning and chaired the campaign, announced at the meeting that the NHS was in striking distance of completing the six-million-dollar effort.

Returning Director Elizabeth Leatherman, and new Director Diana Pearson, were also elected to the Board at this time.

About Paul McGreevy, incoming President of the board of trustees at the Newport Historical Society:

Paul McGreevy served in the U.S. Navy from 1982-1995, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander. During his time in the Navy, he served as a Surface Warfare Officer; worked on a NATO staff coordinating logistics planning for peacekeeping operations in the former Yugoslavia; was the Material and Logistics Officer on a destroyer squadron staff; and served as Chief Engineer on a Navy frigate.

After the Navy, Mr. McGreevy spent over fourteen years as a senior management and IT consultant with KPMG LLP, BearingPoint Inc., and Deloitte Consulting LLP, where he specialized in business strategic planning, organizational development, and technology architecture for federal agencies.

Mr. McGreevy served on Senator Chafee’s winning gubernatorial campaign, and then, Chafee’s Transition Manager.  Governor Chafee appointed Mr. McGreevy to be his Director, Department of Business Regulation from 2011 until 2015.  The Department Director serves statutorily as the State Banking Commissioner, Commissioner of Insurance, Real Estate Administrator and State Boxing Commissioner. 

Currently, Mr. McGreevy is an Adjunct Fellow at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy assisting in further developing their Cybersecurity Leadership Initiative through strategic planning, partnership development and program enhancement.  The Pell Center’s Cybersecurity Leadership Initiative seeks to affect change and make the corporate community more secure and resilient to cyber incidents by bringing together senior leaders from the defense, financial services, technology, healthcare, energy and telecommunication industries and well as local small businesses.

Mr. McGreevy earned a BA in Foreign Affairs and Economics from the University of Virginia, an MA in International Relations from Boston University, and an MA in National Security Affairs from the Naval War College.

He is a resident of Newport.

About the Newport Historical Society

Since 1854, the Newport Historical Society has collected and preserved the artifacts, photographs, documents, publications, and genealogical records that relate to the history of Newport County, to make these materials readily available for both research and enjoyment, and to act as a resource center for the education of the public about the history of Newport County, so that knowledge of the past may contribute to a fuller understanding of the present. For more information please visit

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