MANCHESTER >> The Manchester Community Library welcomes Tony Hoyt and Michael Powers to its Board of Trustees. Both new members bring a wealth of experience in business, volunteer service, and share a long-standing commitment to supporting community life in Manchester.
Born in New York City, Tony Hoyt first visited Manchester in the early 1950s when he came to ski with his aunt and uncle. It was his Aunt, Lynn Hoyt, who first helped introduce the Library to Tony, and who in 2006 left the organization nearly $2.3 million,
as dictated by her will, allowing the Board to move forward with building a new home.
"My aunt's generous gift to the library sparked my interest in wanting to see the new library project through to completion, and once built, the idea of continuing to work with the talented staff and help insure the continued success of the MCL led me to
decide to serve on the Board," he said.
For more than forty years, Hoyt has had an accomplished career in publishing, serving as publisher at Hearst Corporation for
Cosmopolitan and Redbook, and then later joined American Media as Senior VP and Publisher of the National Enquirer and Star. Hoyt also serves on the Board of Hildene in Manchester, and on the Marketing Board for the Magazine Publisher's of America, the Headmaster's Advisory Board for Pomfret School, The Vestry of St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City, and the Advertising Club of New York.
Tenth generation Vermonter, Mike Powers, also shares a family tradition of supporting the local community. After college, Powers returned to Manchester to take over W.H. Shaw Insurance Agency, a company founded by his grandparents, where he worked until his retirement in 2010. Powers past public service includes terms on the Manchester Planning Commission & Zoning Board, Vermont District Environmental Commission, Manchester School Board, Merck Forest and Farmland Foundation, and the Vermont Independent Insurance Agents Association. He also still currently serves on the boards of Hildene, Burr and Burton, and the Manchester Historical Society.
"The additions of Mike Powers and Tony Hoyt to the Library Board, with each bringing unique perspective and experience to the organization, are invaluable" said Linda McKeever, President of the Board. "We look forward to how their contributions will
help move the Library forward in the years to come."
The Manchester Community Library is a regional community resource center committed to helping people achieve personal and career goals by providing opportunities for the education, enjoyment, and enrichment of community members regardless of their age,
economic circumstances, or educational level.