Two New Trustees Named by Governor

Stephen Karam
Stephen Karam
Stephen Tolman
Stephen Tolman

State AFL-CIO president Steve Tolman and Steve Karam, principal at the Karam Financial Group, have been named to the university’s 22-member Board of Trustees by Gov. Charlie Baker.

The appointees replace two trustees whose terms had expired. Tolman, a former state senator from Brighton, replaces Edward Collins on the board in a seat held for a representative of the labor community. Karam fills the seat held by former Democratic Party chairman Philip Johnston. Karam’s father Robert and uncle James both previously chaired the board.

Karam has served on the board of trustees at Bristol Community College since 1996 and is a past president of the Greater Fall River Development Corp. He graduated from Babson College with a degree in finance.

A UMass Boston alumnus, Tolman took over the AFL-CIO of Massachusetts in 2011 after 17 years in the Legislature. He has a bachelor's degree in law and labor studies.

“Steve Tolman’s advocacy for public higher education and workforce development and Stephen Karam’s human resources experience and devotion to the success of Bristol Community College and the greater Fall River area will be welcome additions to the board,” Baker said in a statement.