GLSEN Statement on DeVos Testimony

 

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New York, NY (May 25, 2017) – While presenting the Department of Education’s requested budget, which includes $150 million in public funds to be spent on sending students to private schools, Secretary DeVos left little doubt that she would not intervene if states allowed discrimination. GLSEN’s Executive Director, Eliza Byard, and Director of Public Policy, Nathan Smith, released the following statements: 

It is appalling that Secretary DeVos could not name a single example of discrimination that would disqualify a school from receiving federal funds,” said Eliza Byard, GLSEN Executive Director. „Equality of opportunity for every child is a bedrock American commitment. Living up to that promise is an ongoing investment. Any betrayal of this commitment in the name of “states’ rights” and “local control” is a shameful stain on our society and the antithesis of true education leadership. No child in this country should be abandoned because they are disabled, LGBTQ, black or brown, Muslim, an immigrant, because their family is poor, or because they are ‘different’ in any other way.

„Painful, damaging discrimination against children is taking place daily in our schools. More than half of LGBTQ students have experienced discrimination at school. Last year, more than 16,000 families turned to the Department of Education for help when their children were hurt by discrimination of all kinds. Is Secretary DeVos truly prepared to turn away from addressing instances of discrimination, in violation of the law?” 

„Allowing discrimination is not a “states’ right,” as Secretary DeVos suggests,” said Nathan Smith, GLSEN Director of Public Policy. „Discrimination of any kind against students has no place in publicly-funded schools or programs. The U.S. Department of Education itself is charged by Congress with civil rights enforcement responsibilities, and has a vital role to play in stepping up for students who lack the voice or resources to stand up for themselves.

“Abundant research and experience establishes that all students—LGBTQ youth, youth of color, girls, and students with disabilities, and more— thrive in classrooms that respect, protect, and include them fully. Not surprisingly, students’ self-esteem and academic achievements suffer in schools that passively allow or actively engage in discrimination, the effects of which can cause lasting harm to individuals and communities for decades. Nothing in yesterday’s testimony by Secretary DeVos or her FY18 education budget proposal reflects the kind of commitment and investment that all of our students need and deserve. „

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The University of Rochester Board of Trustees elected seven new trustees at its May meeting.

“Each newly elected member has a deep affinity for the University and its mission,” said Board Chair Danny Wegman. “I’m very pleased to welcome these knowledgeable, successful and insightful individuals to the Board. We are very fortunate to have them serve.”

These are exceptional new Board members. I look forward to working with them as we take our University to The Next Level,” said President and CEO Joel Seligman.

New trustees

Joan S. Beal ’84E is a studio singer and vocal contractor for film, media, and television in Los Angeles. She is currently performing as soprano soloist with House of Cards in Concert with her spouse, composer/conductor Jeff Beal ’85E. Past appearances include a premiere with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as concerts in Miami, the Netherlands and Denmark, with future concerts scheduled in Belgium and Israel.

She previously was cover, comprimario, and chorister with the San Francisco Opera Company, and a professional singer in New York City ensembles, including Musica Sacra, and solo appearances with the New York Philharmonic and Music Viva. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Beal has sung on more than 100 film scores for composers including John Williams, James Newton Howard, and James Horner, and has done numerous national commercials and television series. Her collaborations with her spouse include vocals for the HBO series Carnivàle and Rome, and most recently, operatic vocals on House of Cards.

In 2015, Joan and Jeff helped establish the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music to help prepare students for careers creating music for film and other media. Joan serves as an advisor to the Beal Institute and is a member of the International Society for Neurovascular Disease. She received a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music in 1984.

Jay S. Benet ’76S (MBA) is vice chairman and chief financial officer for the Travelers Companies, Inc., a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business and a component company of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. He previously served as worldwide head of financial planning, analysis and reporting at Citigroup, as well as chief financial officer for Citigroup’s global consumer business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Before these roles, he held various senior executive positions with Travelers Life & Annuity, including chief financial officer, and was a partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).

Benet is chair of the Simon Business School Advisory Council and a recipient of Simon’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He also serves as the chair of the board of the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts; as a trustee of the Mystic Seaport Museum and the Goodspeed Opera House Foundation; and as a member of the Harpur College Advisory Council of Binghamton University, from which he also received a distinguished alumnus award.

In 2014, Benet and his spouse, Jeanne Benet, established the Jay S. and Jeanne P. Benet Professorship of Finance at the Simon Business School. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Binghamton University, and an MBA from the Simon Business School. He is a five-time recipient of the Best CFO Award for Insurance from Institutional Investor.

Stephen R. Biggar ’92 is a partner at Baker Brothers Investments in New York City, a fund management company focused on long-term investments in life sciences companies. He joined Baker Brothers as an associate in 2000 before becoming a principal and then partner. In 2013, Biggar joined the board of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he is now board chair. He is a former director of Synageva BioPharma Corp., a biotechnology company that was acquired in 2015, and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on autoimmune diseases and antivirals.

Biggar played varsity soccer as a Rochester undergraduate and is a member of the Athletic Campaign Committee. He and his spouse, Liz Biggar—also an alumna and soccer player—are members of the Friends of Rochester Athletics and are active athletics volunteers for the University. Biggar received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and molecular genetics from the University of Rochester, and a medical degree and doctoral degree in immunology from Stanford University.

H. Christopher Boehning ’87, ’88 (MS) is a partner in the litigation department at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. His practice includes complex commercial and civil litigation matters, criminal and regulatory inquiries, internal investigations, and international arbitrations. He is a regular contributor to the New York Law Journal’s technology column, an ongoing participant in the Sedona Conference Working Group Series, and has been recognized by Chambers and Benchmark Litigation.

Boehning played varsity soccer for four years at Rochester. He and his spouse, Julie Boehning, recently made a leadership gift to establish the Boehning Varsity House, which will include new locker, sports medicine, and equipment rooms for the University’s outdoor sports teams. He is chair of the Arts, Sciences and Engineering National Council, chair of the Athletic Campaign Committee, and a member of the Friends of Rochester Athletics. He has received the University’s John N. Wilder Award and Garnish Citation.

Boehning also serves on the National Council at Washington University School of Law, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award, and on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Michigan Law School, where he has served as an adjunct professor. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester in 1987 and 1988, respectively, and a law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1994.

Emerson U. Fullwood is the retired corporate vice president of Xerox Corporation. He joined Xerox in 1972 and spent 36 years in executive and general management leadership positions, including director of large global office products and systems businesses, president of Xerox worldwide channels group, president of Latin America, president of worldwide customer services group, and executive chief staff officer of developing markets group. In his most recent assignment, Fullwood was executive chief of staff and marketing officer for Xerox North America.

He serves on several business, higher education, and philanthropic boards. He is lead director of SPX Flow Corporation; a director of Vanguard Group and Vanguard Funds; a former director of Amerigroup Corporation and General Signal Corporation; and vice-chair at North Carolina A&T University. He is also a board member at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Roberts Wesleyan College, Monroe Community College Foundation, the Rochester Urban League, United Way of Greater Rochester, and Rochester Boy Scouts of America. He previously served on the board of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. In 2009, Rochester Institute of Technology named Fullwood its Minett Professor, and he served for several years as executive-in-residence at RIT’s Saunders College of Business.

Fullwood was recognized in 2007 by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the “75 Most Powerful African-Americans in Corporate America,” and in 2004 by VAR Business magazine as one of the “Top 100 Executives” responsible for supporting computer resellers. He has received numerous leadership and service awards. Fullwood received a bachelor’s degree in economics from North Carolina State University, an MBA in marketing from Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from North Carolina A&T University.

John Sexton ’05 (Honorary) is president emeritus, Benjamin Butler Professor of Law, and law school dean emeritus of New York University. He joined NYU’s law faculty in 1981, served as dean from 1988 until 2002, and as president from 2002 to 2016. During his presidency—among other significant accomplishments—NYU created an integrated global university with full research university campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, as well as New York, and study away campuses in 12 other cities on six continents; there was the largest expansion of faculty in NYU’s history; engineering was restored; applications for admission doubled, even as standards rose dramatically; and fundraising reached record levels.

Sexton is the author of several books, including a leading casebook on civil procedure, Redefining the Supreme Court’s Role: A Theory of Managing the Federal Court, and Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game. He has chaired the American Council on Education, New York Academy of Sciences, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He served on the board of the National Association of Securities Dealers and now serves on the boards of the Institute of International Education and the College Advising Corps. He is a member of the Global Citizenship Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger and to U.S. Court of Appeals judges David Bazelon and Harold Leventhal.

Sexton is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Fordham College, a master’s degree in comparative religion and a doctoral degree in the history of American religion from Fordham University, and a law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Sexton has received 18 honorary degrees.

Amy Leenhouts Tait ’85S (MBA) is executive chairman and chief investment officer at Broadstone Real Estate, a full-service real estate company that sponsors private real estate investment offerings and manages commercial and residential properties across 37 states. Tait co-founded Broadstone in 2006 with her spouse, Robert Tait, and her father, the late Norman Leenhouts ’56, a former University of Rochester trustee. She has served as Broadstone’s board chair since 2012 and was chief executive officer until 2017.

Tait began her real estate career with Chemical Bank in management training and commercial real estate lending before joining Home Leasing Corporation, the predecessor to Home Properties. She then served as executive vice president of Home Properties from 1994 to 2001, and as a director and chair of the company’s real estate investment committee until 2012. Tait serves on the board of governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the Simon School National Council, and the Simon Advisory Council. She has also served on the boards of numerous other community organizations.

In 2016, Tait was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame, and she also has been honored with the United Way D’Tocqueville Award, the Athena Award, and Simon’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the Simon Business School.

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The University of Rochester Board of Trustees elected seven new trustees at its May meeting.

“Each newly elected member has a deep affinity for the University and its mission,” said Board Chair Danny Wegman. “I’m very pleased to welcome these knowledgeable, successful and insightful individuals to the Board. We are very fortunate to have them serve.”

These are exceptional new Board members. I look forward to working with them as we take our University to The Next Level,” said President and CEO Joel Seligman.

New trustees

Joan S. Beal ’84E is a studio singer and vocal contractor for film, media, and television in Los Angeles. She is currently performing as soprano soloist with House of Cards in Concert with her spouse, composer/conductor Jeff Beal ’85E. Past appearances include a premiere with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as concerts in Miami, the Netherlands and Denmark, with future concerts scheduled in Belgium and Israel.

She previously was cover, comprimario, and chorister with the San Francisco Opera Company, and a professional singer in New York City ensembles, including Musica Sacra, and solo appearances with the New York Philharmonic and Music Viva. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Beal has sung on more than 100 film scores for composers including John Williams, James Newton Howard, and James Horner, and has done numerous national commercials and television series. Her collaborations with her spouse include vocals for the HBO series Carnivàle and Rome, and most recently, operatic vocals on House of Cards.

In 2015, Joan and Jeff helped establish the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music to help prepare students for careers creating music for film and other media. Joan serves as an advisor to the Beal Institute and is a member of the International Society for Neurovascular Disease. She received a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music in 1984.

Jay S. Benet ’76S (MBA) is vice chairman and chief financial officer for the Travelers Companies, Inc., a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business and a component company of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. He previously served as worldwide head of financial planning, analysis and reporting at Citigroup, as well as chief financial officer for Citigroup’s global consumer business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Before these roles, he held various senior executive positions with Travelers Life & Annuity, including chief financial officer, and was a partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).

Benet is chair of the Simon Business School Advisory Council and a recipient of Simon’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He also serves as the chair of the board of the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts; as a trustee of the Mystic Seaport Museum and the Goodspeed Opera House Foundation; and as a member of the Harpur College Advisory Council of Binghamton University, from which he also received a distinguished alumnus award.

In 2014, Benet and his spouse, Jeanne Benet, established the Jay S. and Jeanne P. Benet Professorship of Finance at the Simon Business School. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Binghamton University, and an MBA from the Simon Business School. He is a five-time recipient of the Best CFO Award for Insurance from Institutional Investor.

Stephen R. Biggar ’92 is a partner at Baker Brothers Investments in New York City, a fund management company focused on long-term investments in life sciences companies. He joined Baker Brothers as an associate in 2000 before becoming a principal and then partner. In 2013, Biggar joined the board of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he is now board chair. He is a former director of Synageva BioPharma Corp., a biotechnology company that was acquired in 2015, and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on autoimmune diseases and antivirals.

Biggar played varsity soccer as a Rochester undergraduate and is a member of the Athletic Campaign Committee. He and his spouse, Liz Biggar—also an alumna and soccer player—are members of the Friends of Rochester Athletics and are active athletics volunteers for the University. Biggar received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and molecular genetics from the University of Rochester, and a medical degree and doctoral degree in immunology from Stanford University.

H. Christopher Boehning ’87, ’88 (MS) is a partner in the litigation department at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. His practice includes complex commercial and civil litigation matters, criminal and regulatory inquiries, internal investigations, and international arbitrations. He is a regular contributor to the New York Law Journal’s technology column, an ongoing participant in the Sedona Conference Working Group Series, and has been recognized by Chambers and Benchmark Litigation.

Boehning played varsity soccer for four years at Rochester. He and his spouse, Julie Boehning, recently made a leadership gift to establish the Boehning Varsity House, which will include new locker, sports medicine, and equipment rooms for the University’s outdoor sports teams. He is chair of the Arts, Sciences and Engineering National Council, chair of the Athletic Campaign Committee, and a member of the Friends of Rochester Athletics. He has received the University’s John N. Wilder Award and Garnish Citation.

Boehning also serves on the National Council at Washington University School of Law, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award, and on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Michigan Law School, where he has served as an adjunct professor. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester in 1987 and 1988, respectively, and a law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1994.

Emerson U. Fullwood is the retired corporate vice president of Xerox Corporation. He joined Xerox in 1972 and spent 36 years in executive and general management leadership positions, including director of large global office products and systems businesses, president of Xerox worldwide channels group, president of Latin America, president of worldwide customer services group, and executive chief staff officer of developing markets group. In his most recent assignment, Fullwood was executive chief of staff and marketing officer for Xerox North America.

He serves on several business, higher education, and philanthropic boards. He is lead director of SPX Flow Corporation; a director of Vanguard Group and Vanguard Funds; a former director of Amerigroup Corporation and General Signal Corporation; and vice-chair at North Carolina A&T University. He is also a board member at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Roberts Wesleyan College, Monroe Community College Foundation, the Rochester Urban League, United Way of Greater Rochester, and Rochester Boy Scouts of America. He previously served on the board of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. In 2009, Rochester Institute of Technology named Fullwood its Minett Professor, and he served for several years as executive-in-residence at RIT’s Saunders College of Business.

Fullwood was recognized in 2007 by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the “75 Most Powerful African-Americans in Corporate America,” and in 2004 by VAR Business magazine as one of the “Top 100 Executives” responsible for supporting computer resellers. He has received numerous leadership and service awards. Fullwood received a bachelor’s degree in economics from North Carolina State University, an MBA in marketing from Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from North Carolina A&T University.

John Sexton ’05 (Honorary) is president emeritus, Benjamin Butler Professor of Law, and law school dean emeritus of New York University. He joined NYU’s law faculty in 1981, served as dean from 1988 until 2002, and as president from 2002 to 2016. During his presidency—among other significant accomplishments—NYU created an integrated global university with full research university campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, as well as New York, and study away campuses in 12 other cities on six continents; there was the largest expansion of faculty in NYU’s history; engineering was restored; applications for admission doubled, even as standards rose dramatically; and fundraising reached record levels.

Sexton is the author of several books, including a leading casebook on civil procedure, Redefining the Supreme Court’s Role: A Theory of Managing the Federal Court, and Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game. He has chaired the American Council on Education, New York Academy of Sciences, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He served on the board of the National Association of Securities Dealers and now serves on the boards of the Institute of International Education and the College Advising Corps. He is a member of the Global Citizenship Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger and to U.S. Court of Appeals judges David Bazelon and Harold Leventhal.

Sexton is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Fordham College, a master’s degree in comparative religion and a doctoral degree in the history of American religion from Fordham University, and a law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Sexton has received 18 honorary degrees.

Amy Leenhouts Tait ’85S (MBA) is executive chairman and chief investment officer at Broadstone Real Estate, a full-service real estate company that sponsors private real estate investment offerings and manages commercial and residential properties across 37 states. Tait co-founded Broadstone in 2006 with her spouse, Robert Tait, and her father, the late Norman Leenhouts ’56, a former University of Rochester trustee. She has served as Broadstone’s board chair since 2012 and was chief executive officer until 2017.

Tait began her real estate career with Chemical Bank in management training and commercial real estate lending before joining Home Leasing Corporation, the predecessor to Home Properties. She then served as executive vice president of Home Properties from 1994 to 2001, and as a director and chair of the company’s real estate investment committee until 2012. Tait serves on the board of governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the Simon School National Council, and the Simon Advisory Council. She has also served on the boards of numerous other community organizations.

In 2016, Tait was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame, and she also has been honored with the United Way D’Tocqueville Award, the Athena Award, and Simon’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the Simon Business School.

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The University of Rochester Board of Trustees elected seven new trustees at its May meeting.

“Each newly elected member has a deep affinity for the University and its mission,” said Board Chair Danny Wegman. “I’m very pleased to welcome these knowledgeable, successful and insightful individuals to the Board. We are very fortunate to have them serve.”

These are exceptional new Board members. I look forward to working with them as we take our University to The Next Level,” said President and CEO Joel Seligman.

New trustees

Joan S. Beal ’84E is a studio singer and vocal contractor for film, media, and television in Los Angeles. She is currently performing as soprano soloist with House of Cards in Concert with her spouse, composer/conductor Jeff Beal ’85E. Past appearances include a premiere with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as concerts in Miami, the Netherlands and Denmark, with future concerts scheduled in Belgium and Israel.

She previously was cover, comprimario, and chorister with the San Francisco Opera Company, and a professional singer in New York City ensembles, including Musica Sacra, and solo appearances with the New York Philharmonic and Music Viva. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Beal has sung on more than 100 film scores for composers including John Williams, James Newton Howard, and James Horner, and has done numerous national commercials and television series. Her collaborations with her spouse include vocals for the HBO series Carnivàle and Rome, and most recently, operatic vocals on House of Cards.

In 2015, Joan and Jeff helped establish the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music to help prepare students for careers creating music for film and other media. Joan serves as an advisor to the Beal Institute and is a member of the International Society for Neurovascular Disease. She received a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music in 1984.

Jay S. Benet ’76S (MBA) is vice chairman and chief financial officer for the Travelers Companies, Inc., a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business and a component company of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. He previously served as worldwide head of financial planning, analysis and reporting at Citigroup, as well as chief financial officer for Citigroup’s global consumer business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Before these roles, he held various senior executive positions with Travelers Life & Annuity, including chief financial officer, and was a partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).

Benet is chair of the Simon Business School Advisory Council and a recipient of Simon’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He also serves as the chair of the board of the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts; as a trustee of the Mystic Seaport Museum and the Goodspeed Opera House Foundation; and as a member of the Harpur College Advisory Council of Binghamton University, from which he also received a distinguished alumnus award.

In 2014, Benet and his spouse, Jeanne Benet, established the Jay S. and Jeanne P. Benet Professorship of Finance at the Simon Business School. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Binghamton University, and an MBA from the Simon Business School. He is a five-time recipient of the Best CFO Award for Insurance from Institutional Investor.

Stephen R. Biggar ’92 is a partner at Baker Brothers Investments in New York City, a fund management company focused on long-term investments in life sciences companies. He joined Baker Brothers as an associate in 2000 before becoming a principal and then partner. In 2013, Biggar joined the board of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he is now board chair. He is a former director of Synageva BioPharma Corp., a biotechnology company that was acquired in 2015, and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on autoimmune diseases and antivirals.

Biggar played varsity soccer as a Rochester undergraduate and is a member of the Athletic Campaign Committee. He and his spouse, Liz Biggar—also an alumna and soccer player—are members of the Friends of Rochester Athletics and are active athletics volunteers for the University. Biggar received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and molecular genetics from the University of Rochester, and a medical degree and doctoral degree in immunology from Stanford University.

H. Christopher Boehning ’87, ’88 (MS) is a partner in the litigation department at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. His practice includes complex commercial and civil litigation matters, criminal and regulatory inquiries, internal investigations, and international arbitrations. He is a regular contributor to the New York Law Journal’s technology column, an ongoing participant in the Sedona Conference Working Group Series, and has been recognized by Chambers and Benchmark Litigation.

Boehning played varsity soccer for four years at Rochester. He and his spouse, Julie Boehning, recently made a leadership gift to establish the Boehning Varsity House, which will include new locker, sports medicine, and equipment rooms for the University’s outdoor sports teams. He is chair of the Arts, Sciences and Engineering National Council, chair of the Athletic Campaign Committee, and a member of the Friends of Rochester Athletics. He has received the University’s John N. Wilder Award and Garnish Citation.

Boehning also serves on the National Council at Washington University School of Law, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award, and on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Michigan Law School, where he has served as an adjunct professor. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester in 1987 and 1988, respectively, and a law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1994.

Emerson U. Fullwood is the retired corporate vice president of Xerox Corporation. He joined Xerox in 1972 and spent 36 years in executive and general management leadership positions, including director of large global office products and systems businesses, president of Xerox worldwide channels group, president of Latin America, president of worldwide customer services group, and executive chief staff officer of developing markets group. In his most recent assignment, Fullwood was executive chief of staff and marketing officer for Xerox North America.

He serves on several business, higher education, and philanthropic boards. He is lead director of SPX Flow Corporation; a director of Vanguard Group and Vanguard Funds; a former director of Amerigroup Corporation and General Signal Corporation; and vice-chair at North Carolina A&T University. He is also a board member at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Roberts Wesleyan College, Monroe Community College Foundation, the Rochester Urban League, United Way of Greater Rochester, and Rochester Boy Scouts of America. He previously served on the board of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. In 2009, Rochester Institute of Technology named Fullwood its Minett Professor, and he served for several years as executive-in-residence at RIT’s Saunders College of Business.

Fullwood was recognized in 2007 by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the “75 Most Powerful African-Americans in Corporate America,” and in 2004 by VAR Business magazine as one of the “Top 100 Executives” responsible for supporting computer resellers. He has received numerous leadership and service awards. Fullwood received a bachelor’s degree in economics from North Carolina State University, an MBA in marketing from Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from North Carolina A&T University.

John Sexton ’05 (Honorary) is president emeritus, Benjamin Butler Professor of Law, and law school dean emeritus of New York University. He joined NYU’s law faculty in 1981, served as dean from 1988 until 2002, and as president from 2002 to 2016. During his presidency—among other significant accomplishments—NYU created an integrated global university with full research university campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, as well as New York, and study away campuses in 12 other cities on six continents; there was the largest expansion of faculty in NYU’s history; engineering was restored; applications for admission doubled, even as standards rose dramatically; and fundraising reached record levels.

Sexton is the author of several books, including a leading casebook on civil procedure, Redefining the Supreme Court’s Role: A Theory of Managing the Federal Court, and Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game. He has chaired the American Council on Education, New York Academy of Sciences, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He served on the board of the National Association of Securities Dealers and now serves on the boards of the Institute of International Education and the College Advising Corps. He is a member of the Global Citizenship Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger and to U.S. Court of Appeals judges David Bazelon and Harold Leventhal.

Sexton is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Fordham College, a master’s degree in comparative religion and a doctoral degree in the history of American religion from Fordham University, and a law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Sexton has received 18 honorary degrees.

Amy Leenhouts Tait ’85S (MBA) is executive chairman and chief investment officer at Broadstone Real Estate, a full-service real estate company that sponsors private real estate investment offerings and manages commercial and residential properties across 37 states. Tait co-founded Broadstone in 2006 with her spouse, Robert Tait, and her father, the late Norman Leenhouts ’56, a former University of Rochester trustee. She has served as Broadstone’s board chair since 2012 and was chief executive officer until 2017.

Tait began her real estate career with Chemical Bank in management training and commercial real estate lending before joining Home Leasing Corporation, the predecessor to Home Properties. She then served as executive vice president of Home Properties from 1994 to 2001, and as a director and chair of the company’s real estate investment committee until 2012. Tait serves on the board of governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the Simon School National Council, and the Simon Advisory Council. She has also served on the boards of numerous other community organizations.

In 2016, Tait was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame, and she also has been honored with the United Way D’Tocqueville Award, the Athena Award, and Simon’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the Simon Business School.

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The University of Rochester Board of Trustees elected seven new trustees at its May meeting.

“Each newly elected member has a deep affinity for the University and its mission,” said Board Chair Danny Wegman. “I’m very pleased to welcome these knowledgeable, successful and insightful individuals to the Board. We are very fortunate to have them serve.”

These are exceptional new Board members. I look forward to working with them as we take our University to The Next Level,” said President and CEO Joel Seligman.

New trustees

Joan S. Beal ’84E is a studio singer and vocal contractor for film, media, and television in Los Angeles. She is currently performing as soprano soloist with House of Cards in Concert with her spouse, composer/conductor Jeff Beal ’85E. Past appearances include a premiere with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as concerts in Miami, the Netherlands and Denmark, with future concerts scheduled in Belgium and Israel.

She previously was cover, comprimario, and chorister with the San Francisco Opera Company, and a professional singer in New York City ensembles, including Musica Sacra, and solo appearances with the New York Philharmonic and Music Viva. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Beal has sung on more than 100 film scores for composers including John Williams, James Newton Howard, and James Horner, and has done numerous national commercials and television series. Her collaborations with her spouse include vocals for the HBO series Carnivàle and Rome, and most recently, operatic vocals on House of Cards.

In 2015, Joan and Jeff helped establish the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music to help prepare students for careers creating music for film and other media. Joan serves as an advisor to the Beal Institute and is a member of the International Society for Neurovascular Disease. She received a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music in 1984.

Jay S. Benet ’76S (MBA) is vice chairman and chief financial officer for the Travelers Companies, Inc., a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business and a component company of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. He previously served as worldwide head of financial planning, analysis and reporting at Citigroup, as well as chief financial officer for Citigroup’s global consumer business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Before these roles, he held various senior executive positions with Travelers Life & Annuity, including chief financial officer, and was a partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).

Benet is chair of the Simon Business School Advisory Council and a recipient of Simon’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He also serves as the chair of the board of the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts; as a trustee of the Mystic Seaport Museum and the Goodspeed Opera House Foundation; and as a member of the Harpur College Advisory Council of Binghamton University, from which he also received a distinguished alumnus award.

In 2014, Benet and his spouse, Jeanne Benet, established the Jay S. and Jeanne P. Benet Professorship of Finance at the Simon Business School. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Binghamton University, and an MBA from the Simon Business School. He is a five-time recipient of the Best CFO Award for Insurance from Institutional Investor.

Stephen R. Biggar ’92 is a partner at Baker Brothers Investments in New York City, a fund management company focused on long-term investments in life sciences companies. He joined Baker Brothers as an associate in 2000 before becoming a principal and then partner. In 2013, Biggar joined the board of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he is now board chair. He is a former director of Synageva BioPharma Corp., a biotechnology company that was acquired in 2015, and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on autoimmune diseases and antivirals.

Biggar played varsity soccer as a Rochester undergraduate and is a member of the Athletic Campaign Committee. He and his spouse, Liz Biggar—also an alumna and soccer player—are members of the Friends of Rochester Athletics and are active athletics volunteers for the University. Biggar received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and molecular genetics from the University of Rochester, and a medical degree and doctoral degree in immunology from Stanford University.

H. Christopher Boehning ’87, ’88 (MS) is a partner in the litigation department at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. His practice includes complex commercial and civil litigation matters, criminal and regulatory inquiries, internal investigations, and international arbitrations. He is a regular contributor to the New York Law Journal’s technology column, an ongoing participant in the Sedona Conference Working Group Series, and has been recognized by Chambers and Benchmark Litigation.

Boehning played varsity soccer for four years at Rochester. He and his spouse, Julie Boehning, recently made a leadership gift to establish the Boehning Varsity House, which will include new locker, sports medicine, and equipment rooms for the University’s outdoor sports teams. He is chair of the Arts, Sciences and Engineering National Council, chair of the Athletic Campaign Committee, and a member of the Friends of Rochester Athletics. He has received the University’s John N. Wilder Award and Garnish Citation.

Boehning also serves on the National Council at Washington University School of Law, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award, and on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Michigan Law School, where he has served as an adjunct professor. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester in 1987 and 1988, respectively, and a law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1994.

Emerson U. Fullwood is the retired corporate vice president of Xerox Corporation. He joined Xerox in 1972 and spent 36 years in executive and general management leadership positions, including director of large global office products and systems businesses, president of Xerox worldwide channels group, president of Latin America, president of worldwide customer services group, and executive chief staff officer of developing markets group. In his most recent assignment, Fullwood was executive chief of staff and marketing officer for Xerox North America.

He serves on several business, higher education, and philanthropic boards. He is lead director of SPX Flow Corporation; a director of Vanguard Group and Vanguard Funds; a former director of Amerigroup Corporation and General Signal Corporation; and vice-chair at North Carolina A&T University. He is also a board member at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Roberts Wesleyan College, Monroe Community College Foundation, the Rochester Urban League, United Way of Greater Rochester, and Rochester Boy Scouts of America. He previously served on the board of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. In 2009, Rochester Institute of Technology named Fullwood its Minett Professor, and he served for several years as executive-in-residence at RIT’s Saunders College of Business.

Fullwood was recognized in 2007 by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the “75 Most Powerful African-Americans in Corporate America,” and in 2004 by VAR Business magazine as one of the “Top 100 Executives” responsible for supporting computer resellers. He has received numerous leadership and service awards. Fullwood received a bachelor’s degree in economics from North Carolina State University, an MBA in marketing from Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from North Carolina A&T University.

John Sexton ’05 (Honorary) is president emeritus, Benjamin Butler Professor of Law, and law school dean emeritus of New York University. He joined NYU’s law faculty in 1981, served as dean from 1988 until 2002, and as president from 2002 to 2016. During his presidency—among other significant accomplishments—NYU created an integrated global university with full research university campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, as well as New York, and study away campuses in 12 other cities on six continents; there was the largest expansion of faculty in NYU’s history; engineering was restored; applications for admission doubled, even as standards rose dramatically; and fundraising reached record levels.

Sexton is the author of several books, including a leading casebook on civil procedure, Redefining the Supreme Court’s Role: A Theory of Managing the Federal Court, and Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game. He has chaired the American Council on Education, New York Academy of Sciences, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He served on the board of the National Association of Securities Dealers and now serves on the boards of the Institute of International Education and the College Advising Corps. He is a member of the Global Citizenship Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger and to U.S. Court of Appeals judges David Bazelon and Harold Leventhal.

Sexton is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Fordham College, a master’s degree in comparative religion and a doctoral degree in the history of American religion from Fordham University, and a law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Sexton has received 18 honorary degrees.

Amy Leenhouts Tait ’85S (MBA) is executive chairman and chief investment officer at Broadstone Real Estate, a full-service real estate company that sponsors private real estate investment offerings and manages commercial and residential properties across 37 states. Tait co-founded Broadstone in 2006 with her spouse, Robert Tait, and her father, the late Norman Leenhouts ’56, a former University of Rochester trustee. She has served as Broadstone’s board chair since 2012 and was chief executive officer until 2017.

Tait began her real estate career with Chemical Bank in management training and commercial real estate lending before joining Home Leasing Corporation, the predecessor to Home Properties. She then served as executive vice president of Home Properties from 1994 to 2001, and as a director and chair of the company’s real estate investment committee until 2012. Tait serves on the board of governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the Simon School National Council, and the Simon Advisory Council. She has also served on the boards of numerous other community organizations.

In 2016, Tait was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame, and she also has been honored with the United Way D’Tocqueville Award, the Athena Award, and Simon’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the Simon Business School.

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University Board elects seven trustees

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The University of Rochester Board of Trustees elected seven new trustees at its May meeting.

“Each newly elected member has a deep affinity for the University and its mission,” said Board Chair Danny Wegman. “I’m very pleased to welcome these knowledgeable, successful and insightful individuals to the Board. We are very fortunate to have them serve.”

These are exceptional new Board members. I look forward to working with them as we take our University to The Next Level,” said President and CEO Joel Seligman.

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Joan S. Beal ’84E is a studio singer and vocal contractor for film, media, and television in Los Angeles. She is currently performing as soprano soloist with House of Cards in Concert with her spouse, composer/conductor Jeff Beal ’85E. Past appearances include a premiere with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as concerts in Miami, the Netherlands and Denmark, with future concerts scheduled in Belgium and Israel.

She previously was cover, comprimario, and chorister with the San Francisco Opera Company, and a professional singer in New York City ensembles, including Musica Sacra, and solo appearances with the New York Philharmonic and Music Viva. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Beal has sung on more than 100 film scores for composers including John Williams, James Newton Howard, and James Horner, and has done numerous national commercials and television series. Her collaborations with her spouse include vocals for the HBO series Carnivàle and Rome, and most recently, operatic vocals on House of Cards.

In 2015, Joan and Jeff helped establish the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music to help prepare students for careers creating music for film and other media. Joan serves as an advisor to the Beal Institute and is a member of the International Society for Neurovascular Disease. She received a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music in 1984.

Jay S. Benet ’76S (MBA) is vice chairman and chief financial officer for the Travelers Companies, Inc., a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business and a component company of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. He previously served as worldwide head of financial planning, analysis and reporting at Citigroup, as well as chief financial officer for Citigroup’s global consumer business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Before these roles, he held various senior executive positions with Travelers Life & Annuity, including chief financial officer, and was a partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).

Benet is chair of the Simon Business School Advisory Council and a recipient of Simon’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He also serves as the chair of the board of the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts; as a trustee of the Mystic Seaport Museum and the Goodspeed Opera House Foundation; and as a member of the Harpur College Advisory Council of Binghamton University, from which he also received a distinguished alumnus award.

In 2014, Benet and his spouse, Jeanne Benet, established the Jay S. and Jeanne P. Benet Professorship of Finance at the Simon Business School. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Binghamton University, and an MBA from the Simon Business School. He is a five-time recipient of the Best CFO Award for Insurance from Institutional Investor.

Stephen R. Biggar ’92 is a partner at Baker Brothers Investments in New York City, a fund management company focused on long-term investments in life sciences companies. He joined Baker Brothers as an associate in 2000 before becoming a principal and then partner. In 2013, Biggar joined the board of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he is now board chair. He is a former director of Synageva BioPharma Corp., a biotechnology company that was acquired in 2015, and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on autoimmune diseases and antivirals.

Biggar played varsity soccer as a Rochester undergraduate and is a member of the Athletic Campaign Committee. He and his spouse, Liz Biggar—also an alumna and soccer player—are members of the Friends of Rochester Athletics and are active athletics volunteers for the University. Biggar received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and molecular genetics from the University of Rochester, and a medical degree and doctoral degree in immunology from Stanford University.

H. Christopher Boehning ’87, ’88 (MS) is a partner in the litigation department at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. His practice includes complex commercial and civil litigation matters, criminal and regulatory inquiries, internal investigations, and international arbitrations. He is a regular contributor to the New York Law Journal’s technology column, an ongoing participant in the Sedona Conference Working Group Series, and has been recognized by Chambers and Benchmark Litigation.

Boehning played varsity soccer for four years at Rochester. He and his spouse, Julie Boehning, recently made a leadership gift to establish the Boehning Varsity House, which will include new locker, sports medicine, and equipment rooms for the University’s outdoor sports teams. He is chair of the Arts, Sciences and Engineering National Council, chair of the Athletic Campaign Committee, and a member of the Friends of Rochester Athletics. He has received the University’s John N. Wilder Award and Garnish Citation.

Boehning also serves on the National Council at Washington University School of Law, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award, and on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Michigan Law School, where he has served as an adjunct professor. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester in 1987 and 1988, respectively, and a law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1994.

Emerson U. Fullwood is the retired corporate vice president of Xerox Corporation. He joined Xerox in 1972 and spent 36 years in executive and general management leadership positions, including director of large global office products and systems businesses, president of Xerox worldwide channels group, president of Latin America, president of worldwide customer services group, and executive chief staff officer of developing markets group. In his most recent assignment, Fullwood was executive chief of staff and marketing officer for Xerox North America.

He serves on several business, higher education, and philanthropic boards. He is lead director of SPX Flow Corporation; a director of Vanguard Group and Vanguard Funds; a former director of Amerigroup Corporation and General Signal Corporation; and vice-chair at North Carolina A&T University. He is also a board member at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Roberts Wesleyan College, Monroe Community College Foundation, the Rochester Urban League, United Way of Greater Rochester, and Rochester Boy Scouts of America. He previously served on the board of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. In 2009, Rochester Institute of Technology named Fullwood its Minett Professor, and he served for several years as executive-in-residence at RIT’s Saunders College of Business.

Fullwood was recognized in 2007 by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the “75 Most Powerful African-Americans in Corporate America,” and in 2004 by VAR Business magazine as one of the “Top 100 Executives” responsible for supporting computer resellers. He has received numerous leadership and service awards. Fullwood received a bachelor’s degree in economics from North Carolina State University, an MBA in marketing from Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from North Carolina A&T University.

John Sexton ’05 (Honorary) is president emeritus, Benjamin Butler Professor of Law, and law school dean emeritus of New York University. He joined NYU’s law faculty in 1981, served as dean from 1988 until 2002, and as president from 2002 to 2016. During his presidency—among other significant accomplishments—NYU created an integrated global university with full research university campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, as well as New York, and study away campuses in 12 other cities on six continents; there was the largest expansion of faculty in NYU’s history; engineering was restored; applications for admission doubled, even as standards rose dramatically; and fundraising reached record levels.

Sexton is the author of several books, including a leading casebook on civil procedure, Redefining the Supreme Court’s Role: A Theory of Managing the Federal Court, and Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game. He has chaired the American Council on Education, New York Academy of Sciences, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He served on the board of the National Association of Securities Dealers and now serves on the boards of the Institute of International Education and the College Advising Corps. He is a member of the Global Citizenship Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger and to U.S. Court of Appeals judges David Bazelon and Harold Leventhal.

Sexton is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Fordham College, a master’s degree in comparative religion and a doctoral degree in the history of American religion from Fordham University, and a law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Sexton has received 18 honorary degrees.

Amy Leenhouts Tait ’85S (MBA) is executive chairman and chief investment officer at Broadstone Real Estate, a full-service real estate company that sponsors private real estate investment offerings and manages commercial and residential properties across 37 states. Tait co-founded Broadstone in 2006 with her spouse, Robert Tait, and her father, the late Norman Leenhouts ’56, a former University of Rochester trustee. She has served as Broadstone’s board chair since 2012 and was chief executive officer until 2017.

Tait began her real estate career with Chemical Bank in management training and commercial real estate lending before joining Home Leasing Corporation, the predecessor to Home Properties. She then served as executive vice president of Home Properties from 1994 to 2001, and as a director and chair of the company’s real estate investment committee until 2012. Tait serves on the board of governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the Simon School National Council, and the Simon Advisory Council. She has also served on the boards of numerous other community organizations.

In 2016, Tait was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame, and she also has been honored with the United Way D’Tocqueville Award, the Athena Award, and Simon’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the Simon Business School.

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Warren named associate VP of development

Kathi Dantley Warren, currently the senior executive director of development for Duke Cancer Institute, has been named associate vice president of development at Rice University, effective July 10.

Kathi Dantley Warren

With more than 17 years of experience at higher education and medical institutions, Warren will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of individual fundraising programs and also oversee various departments within the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, including gift planning, major gifts, school-based fundraising and annual giving.

All of us at Rice are incredibly excited that Kathi will be joining the Development and Alumni Relations team,” said Vice President Darrow Zeidenstein. “Educated as a scientist, Kathi brings incredible smarts and a wealth of development experience from her work at Cornell and Duke, two of the best development programs in the country. I have zero doubt that both faculty and staff will enjoy working with Kathi as we seek to secure resources to enhance Rice’s mission.”

In her development role with one of the original eight comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute, Warren transformed the fundraising program from a yearly $18 million enterprise to a $30 million enterprise and successfully completed a $200 million campaign.

Before joining the Duke Cancer Institute and Duke Health in Durham, N.C., in 2014, Warren served as assistant dean for alumni affairs and development at Cornell University’s College of Engineering, where she created its first alumni affairs and development strategic plan and alumni engagement plan. Over a four-year period she increased annual revenues by 245 percent – from $22.7 million to more than $56 million – and helped achieve the second-best fundraising year in the college’s history. Through philanthropy she also enabled the college to create and endow several new programs, including an engineering leadership program and teaching excellence institute.

“It gave me great joy to see the legacy that this created,” Warren said. “Faculty and students are benefiting from those programs that were the result of a partnership with donors and institutional leadership.”

Warren has an M.A. in cell and molecular biology and microbiology from Duke University and a B.A. in biology from Hampton University. She found herself drawn to the development profession after thinking about how she had been impacted as the recipient of an undergraduate scholarship and graduate fellowship. She learned more about the profession that made that scholarship and fellowship possible and became a development associate at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she worked her way up to associate director of development.

She met a refugee from an African country at a University of Maryland scholarship event for donors and recipients and kept in touch with him. After graduating, the refugee got a job at the United Nations and then returned to his home country to try to assist people there, but none of that would have happened if he had not received the scholarship. “That was hugely impactful,” Warren said. “The scholarship changed not only his life, but the lives of others.” She said experiences like this helped her to find meaning in the development profession. “It’s very rewarding,” she said.

Warren’s career in development includes more than 10 years of leading teams during fundraising campaigns of more than $1 billion. She said the best institutions find a way to blend the scientific tenets of fundraising with “the art of cultivating meaningful, lifelong relationships with an institution,” and Rice’s ability to do that was a key factor in her decision to join the university’s development team.

“Rice has an excellent story to tell and a visionary leader in President David Leebron,” Warren said. She noted that Rice’s prestige as a research institution, its liberal arts programs, its residential college system and its unique landscape in an urban setting are “very compelling and really engender not just investments but partnerships with donors” and can lead to “transformational gifts.”

Originally from Alexandria, Va., Warren said she is excited to come to Rice and to make a home in Texas for her family, which includes her husband, Stephen; her 11-year-old son, Bennett; and Pearl, a Piston terrier who is “the sweetest dog on the planet.” Warren is an avid sports enthusiast who likes to run, lift weights and play basketball with her son. She also enjoys cooking and acrylic painting.

Public hearing notice: Student Conduct Code for the University of Washington

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Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 320 on the UW Seattle campus, in UW1-280 (Rose Room) on the UW Bothell campus, and in 303 Cherry Parkes (CP) on the UW Tacoma campus.

The purpose of the hearing is to allow all interested persons an opportunity to present their views, either orally or in writing, on the proposed new Chapter 478-121 WAC, “Student Conduct Code for the University of Washington,” and the repeal of the current Chapter 478-120 WAC, as well as amendments to various cross-references to the chapter and its sections in Title 478 WAC.

The newly organized student conduct code chapter amends disciplinary proceedings based on changes to federal laws and guidance and interpretation of state law.

Advance copies of the proposed WAC rules may be obtained by contacting Rebecca Goodwin Deardorff, Director of Rules Coordination, Box 351210, Seattle, WA 98195-1210, by email at rules@uw.edu, or by phone at 206-543-9219.  Copies will also be available at the hearing.

Persons wishing to provide written comment may submit their remarks to Ms. Deardorff at the above address, or by email to rules@uw.edu, by May 25, 2017.

To request disability accommodation for this hearing, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance of the event at: 206-543-6450/voice, 206-543-6452/TTY, or by email at dso@uw.edu.

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Finalists Announced for Lyon Arboretum Director

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Three finalists have been identified for the position of director of the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum.  Their visits to the UH Mānoa campus, and Lyon Arboretum in Mānoa Valley, include meetings with senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, and internal and external constituents; and a public presentation.

Campus and community members, as well as the general public, are encouraged to attend.

The campus visits of the three candidates are scheduled as follows:

Dr. Tom A. Ranker, visiting May 15, 2017
Interim Associate Dean and Professor, College of Natural Sciences
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Public Presentation:  Monday, May 15, 1:30-2 p.m./Lyon Arboretum Conference Room

Dr. Carl E. Lewis, visiting May 17, 2017
Director, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Coral Gables, Florida
Public Presentation:  Wednesday, May 17, 1:30-2 p.m./Lyon Arboretum Conference Room

Dr. Rakan A. Zahawi, visiting May 18, 2017
Associate Researcher, Environmental Studies
University of California – Santa Cruz
Public Presentation:  Thursday, May 18, 1:30-2 p.m./ Lyon Arboretum Conference Room

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School of Public Policy Graduate Students Take Top Capstone Prize in Boston

Zulekha Abu and Liana Ascolese, graduate students in the School of Public Policy (SPP), took top prize May 4 at the 4th annual MassASPA Keogh Best Capstone and Award competition at the Public Service Institute of Suffolk University in Boston.

Their capstone, “If You Want Something Done, Ask a Woman: How Women College Administrators Implement Effective Title IX Policies to Prevent Sexual Assault,” draws on original data collected from 118 private U.S. liberal arts colleges.

Their findings suggest that female representation among trustees, deans and Title IX coordinators strengthens the implementation of restorative justice policies for women students, but not preventative measures on campuses.

The MassASPA Keogh competition annually brings together students and faculty members from master’s of public administration (MPA) and master’s of public policy (MPP) programs in Massachusetts to meet, network and encourage students in their capstone efforts by recognizing the state’s “best capstone.”

Students from programs at Brandeis, Bridgewater State, Clark, Harvard, Northeastern, Suffolk, UMass Amherst and UMass Boston regularly participate in the competition.

Abu will graduate May 12 with dual master’s degrees from the School of Public Policy and the College of Education. She is originally from Maryland, where she worked and interned on various political campaigns before moving to Massachusetts for graduate work.

Ascolese will receive her MPP May 12. She was a political science major as an undergraduate at UMass Amherst and a participant in the UMass Women into Leadership (UWiL) program, chaired the College Democrats of Massachusetts Women’s Caucus, and interned for State Rep. Steve Howitt.

Abu and Ascolese were guided in their capstone work this year by SPP faculty members Obed Pasha and Brenda Bushouse, and by department of political science faculty member Meredith Rolfe.

Abu and Ascolese will also present their research at the School of Public Policy’s annual capstone conference, held this year on Tuesday, May 9, from 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. in 805-09 Lincoln Campus Center. The full conference schedule is available here.