Stonehill’s Martin Institute to Welcome Former Mass. Senators Paul Kirk and Mo Cowan

April 15, 2014

Former interim Massachusetts Senators Paul Kirk and Mo Cowan will be the featured guests at a panel discussion on Monday, May 5th at Stonehill’s Martin Institute . The event, which is being co-sponsored by the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, is free and open to the public and will be hosted by NECN’s Alison King at 7 p.m. 

Kirk was appointed interim Senator by Governor Deval Patrick in September of 2009 after the death of longtime Senator Ted Kennedy. Prior to his tenure as Senator, Kirk served as the senior aide to Kennedy and the chair of the Democratic National Convention from 1985-1989. He also served as the chair of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation during his tenure as Senator.

Kirk served three consecutive terms on Stonehill’s Board of Trustees from 1986-2006. In April of 2008, he became a trustee emeritus. In 2002, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Stonehill and delivered the keynote address at Commencement.

Cowan was named the interim Senator by Governor Patrick in January of 2013 to fill the vacancy left by John Kerry’s resignation to become Secretary of State. He joined Patrick’s administration in 2009 following his time as an associate at Mintz Levin. Cowan eventually rose to become Patrick’s General Counsel, and oversaw the nomination and subsequent appointment of Chief Justice of Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Robert Ireland. From January 2011 until November of 2012, Cowan served as Patrick’s Chief of Staff.

King has spent the last 18 years at NECN, covering three Presidential elections and the creation of a documentary on Senator Kennedy.

Guests interested in attending this event are encouraged to RSVP through the Martin Institute. Parking is also free and available at the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex, directly behind the Martin Institute.     

Those wishing to learn more information or RSVP are asked to email Noelle Preston at or to call 508-565-1131.