Jeanine Armstrong Gouin ’87 (ENG) has been reelected as an alumni representative on the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees for a second four-year term running from 2021 to 2025.
Gouin, of Durham, is one of two alumni trustees on the 21-member board, along with Bryan K. Pollard ’85 (CLAS), who is in the middle of his first four-year term. Elected directly by graduates of the school, alumni trustees can serve two four-year terms.
On the board, Gouin serves as the vice chair of the Academic Affairs Committee and is a member the following committees: Executive; Buildings, Grounds and Environment; Institutional Advancement; Joint Audit and Compliance; and Construction Management Oversight.
“Serving on the UConn Board of Trustees for another term is an honor and a privilege,” says Gouin. “I feel deeply and passionately about giving back to the institution that not only provided me an exceptional education, but that also gave me the confidence to step out into the world and succeed. My education at UConn led to a career that has afforded me challenges and opportunities I never could have imagined.”
Gouin is the United States Operations Manager for SLR International Corporation, based in Cheshire, and oversees over 400 employees across the country in 23 different offices. She currently employs more than 50 UConn graduates at SLR.
In addition to her position on the Board of Trustees at UConn, she has been a member of the School of Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board since 1995. Gouin was the alumni representative on the UConn Environmental Policy Advisory Committee from 2009 to 2012. She is an invited guest lecturer in the School of Engineering and has been a keynote speaker at UConn’s Open House.
“With the current economic state of Connecticut, the financial devastation of many during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the rising costs and competition for excellent faculty and excellent students, one of the most pressing issues facing the University, in my view, is the financial challenge,” says Gouin. “Maintaining competitive costs for students and families while excelling in academics, athletics, and physical infrastructure is critically important.”
Gouin was named as an Honoree of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame in 2019 and was named to the Connecticut Technology Council’s Women of Innovation in 2017. She was inducted into the UConn Academy of Distinguished Engineers in 2014.
Gouin is a life-long Connecticut resident, a legacy UConn parent, and a passionate supporter of public education.