The Leadership Seacoast Admissions Committee and Board of Directors job of selecting its class for 2013 was particularly challenging because we had 52 applicants for 35 places in the class. While this is incredibly exciting for the organization, as it is the largest number of applicants that we have ever received, it also presented a significant challenge to the Admissions Committee which was tasked with selecting from a pool of amazing, talented, enthusiastic community leaders. While we would have loved to be able to expand the class to accommodate all of those who applied, we have learned that for many reasons (including ability to participate in discussions, ability to get to know each other, and logistics) the ideal class size for our program is about 35 people.

Having seen the class list, I am excited for the upcoming program year. While the organization is happy that the number of applications is up this year, we recognize that we have set the bar high and now must deliver a program year where each class member experiences the discovery and inspiration that so many of our alumni experienced as a result of participating in Leadership Seacoast. While this is a daunting task, I am confident that the class’s behind-the-scenes access to the key places, programs and people of the Seacoast community will challenge their assumptions about the Seacoast and inspire action. While these are lofty goals, we look forward to the next six months and the hard work that is ahead of us for the 2013 class of Leadership Seacoast.

pat clossonPat Closson is a business lawyer who focuses on general corporate law and healthcare law matters including mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, private security offerings, and general corporate governance and contract matters. Patrick is the Chair of the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group and represents physicians, physician groups and other healthcare organizations in governance, compliance and acquisition and sale transactions.

Patrick received his J.D. from Boston College Law School (1998) and B.A. from the University of New Hampshire, Summa Cum Laude, (1995). He received the Boston College Alumni Award in 2005. He joined the Leadership Seacoast Board in XXX and became Chair in 2013.