John H. Lynch

Former Governor of the State of New Hampshire

John Lynch is an American businessman and politician who served as the 80th Governor of the U.S. State of New Hampshire. Lynch was first elected Governor in 2004, and comfortably won a historic fourth term in 2010. While in office, Lynch consistently ranked among the nation's most popular governors.

During his business career, Lynch served as Director of Admissions at Harvard Business School and President of The Lynch Group, a business consulting firm in Manchester, N.H. Lynch served as CEO of Knoll Inc., a national furniture manufacturer, where he transformed the company previously losing $50 million a year, to making profits of nearly $240 million yearly. Before announcing his run for Governor, Lynch was serving as Chairman of the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees.

Lynch earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1974, a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

Governor Lynch has championed the value of FIRST programs for many years and is a strong advocate for the necessity of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for tomorrow’s scientists and leaders.