For Immediate Release - May 21, 2008

GOVERNOR PATRICK TAPS UMASS VICE CHANCELLOR AND SEASONED STATE LAWMAKER FOR TOP ADMINISTRATION POSITIONS

Arthur Bernard Named Senior Advisor, Rachel Kaprielian Appointed Registrar of Motor Vehicles

BOSTON - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - Governor Deval Patrick today named University of Massachusetts Boston Vice Chancellor Arthur Bernard, as a senior advisor to coordinate policy priorities for the Patrick Administration. The Governor has also appointed State Representative Rachel Kaprielian as Registrar of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

"Arthur will be an exceptional addition to my team," said Governor Patrick. "I look forward to the benefit of his perspective, experience and enthusiasm."

Arthur Bernard, a Duxbury resident and graduate of Boston College Law School and Suffolk University, joins the Governor's Office with years of experience working within state government.

Most recently, Arthur Bernard was vice chancellor for government relations and public affairs for the University of Massachusetts. He provided leadership and strategic planning for UMass Boston in the areas of urban outreach, public policy, communications, and government and community relations. Specifically, he served as the university's primary liaison with city, state, and federal governments, various external constituencies, and community and regulatory organizations. With other university officials, he helped advance UMass Boston's legislative agenda and secure government support for major university initiatives.

Bernard was the chief of staff to former Senate President Robert Travaglini for four years, managing operations and functions of the state Senate and served as the primary contact for state senators, the House of Representatives, the Governor's Office and external organizations with business before the Senate.

Bernard developed the first women's business enterprise program while working for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority from the 1993 to 1996. He has been awarded the Pride in Performance Award (Executive Office of Transportation and Construction), the Greater Roxbury Camber of Commerce 100 listing and the YMCA Black Achiever Award.

Kaprielian succeeds Anne Collins as Registrar of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. Collins has accepted a senior staff position in the Executive Office of Transportation.

"Rachel Kaprielian is a skilled and committed public servant who will bring new energy to the RMV," said Governor Patrick. "She will build on the success and dedication of Anne Collins in delivering the efficient and high-quality service."

Kaprielian is a highly respected State Representative serving in her seventh term representing Watertown and part of Cambridge. Known as a leader in smart and consumer-friendly policy change, Kaprielian has advocated for a number of issues including municipal and regional betterment, anti-tobacco policies and initiatives, early intervention and care for children, pension reform and job training.

"I am pleased to welcome Representative Kaprielian to her new position," said Transportation Secretary Bernard Cohen. "I look forward to working closely with her to ensure the Registry is providing the highest level of customer service to millions of Commonwealth citizens. Representative Kaprielian's wide ranging legislative, legal, and public policy experience is a perfect fit for the very significant responsibilities of the Registrar."

Most recently, Kaprielian led efforts on reform to allow cities and towns to join the state's Group Insurance Commission (GIC) to help ease the burden of health insurance costs for municipalities. She also led the passage of legislation that requires cigarette companies to sell only "fire-safe" cigarettes in Massachusetts.

Kaprielian, a Watertown resident, graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1990, and went on to earn a law degree from Suffolk University in 2000 and a master degree in public administration from Harvard University in 2003.

 

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