John Kacavas

Graduating class of 1979

An accomplished attorney, committed public servant, and dedicated family man, John Kacavas has built a solid record of professional and personal achievement since his graduation from Central in 1979. After earning a bachelor's degree from St. Michael's College, a master's degree from American University's School of International Service, and a law degree from Boston College, John embarked on what has become a fruitful and admirable career. John has tackled complex and compelling legal issues as an attorney in private practice and as a public servant during stints as a prosecutor with the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office and the United States Department of Justice. In 2009, President Obama appointed John United States Attorney for New Hampshire, a post he held until last year. Currently, he serves as the general counsel and chief legal officer of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, New Hampshire's largest health provider and private employer. In each position John has held, he has solidified a reputation as a skilled litigator, able administrator, and eloquent advocate. Some years ago, the New Hampshire Bar Association recognized these qualities when they awarded him the Robert E. Kirby ('79) Memorial Award, which is named for one of John's Central classmates and is granted to that member of the bar who best exemplified"civility and perspective in the practice of law." As a Central student, John wrote for The Little Green and was a starting guard on the 1979 Class-L state championship basketball team coached by Stan Spirou in his first year as a coach. John's contributions to Manchester and Central continued long after his graduation. He has served as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and as a member of the Manchester Board of School Committee. In 2003, he chaired the Mayor's Commission on School Facilities. It was that group's report detailing deficiencies in Central's physical plant that resulted in the construction of the Burns Building. In recent years, he has displayed a sustained faith in Central by entrusting the education of his and wife Mindy's most precious assets - sons Elias, Nicholas, and Alexander- to his alma mater.