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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.

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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Destructivist artist Raphael Montanez Ortiz to receive UCLA Medal

Raphael Montañez Ortiz, a Puerto Rican American pioneer of the 1960s Destructivist art movement, and founder of the first Latino museum in the United States, will receive the UCLA Medal from Chancellor Block in a special ceremony June 8 celebrating Chicano art and culture in Los Angeles.

Hosted by the UCLA Institute of American Cultures and the Chicano Studies Research Center, the event coincides with a week of activity for the artist, including the opening of a career retrospective at LAXART in Hollywood and the opening of the group exhibition “Home — So Different, So Appealing” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Ortiz, 83, is the longest-practicing artist in the LACMA exhibition, which features work by U.S. Latino and Latin American artists since 1957 on the topic of “home.” The exhibit is co-curated by Chon Noriega, director of the Chicano Studies Research Center, and co-organized by the resource center in collaborations with LACMA and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  Materials from the Raphael Montañez Ortiz Papers, which are part of Chicano Studies Research Center’s library will be on display at the event, along with selections from other the center’s archival collections.

In 1957 Ortiz created his first major work of art, which is now in the Smithsonian American Art Museum,” Noriega said. “His continued achievements in art, education and social justice merit recognition. For him to receive the UCLA Medal at the same time his work is on display at LACMA and LAXART is a great tribute to the artist, who, despite having made a tremendous impact on world art and American popular culture, has been largely overlooked in contemporary art history.”

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“Terrace Mattress Destruction” for the Destruction in Art Symposium. London, England, 1966.

Born in 1934, Ortiz grew up on the lower eastside of Manhattan with a commitment to social and cultural equity. In late 1950s he pursed formal art training at Pratt Institute, and by the 1960s became a pioneer of Destructivist art. Ortiz’s practice involved destroying household objects, including pianos, and creating sculpture from the detritus. At the time, his was one of the few non-white voices recognized in contemporary art grappling with the effects of global conflict, rampant consumerism and the threat of nuclear war. His conceptual practice drew from Latino, indigenous and non-Western cultures to merge ritual with archaeology as a way of reconciling rational thought with the brain’s primal impulses.

Ortiz’s mixed-media art practice, which includes painting, recycled films, sculpture, music, installation, performance and computer art, quickly drew international attention. But the artist, who served in the military during the Korean War, was particularly interested in affecting change at home. In the late 1960s, he integrated Latino artists into the Art Workers’ Coalition protesting the exclusionary practices of major museums in New York City. As a way of countering racial inequality in the arts, and committed to the idea that art is fundamental to the human experience, in 1969 he founded the first Latino art museum in the United States: El Museo del Barrio, in East Harlem, New York. Ortiz’s mission for the still-active museum was to represent an underserved Latino community, and to do so as a contribution to world art and culture.

“Dr. Ortiz’s work embodies the diversity and global reach of American culture and art,” said David Yoo, vice provost for the Institute of American Cultures at UCLA. “It’s a pleasure to see this acknowledgement of Ortiz’s achievements but also of the long-term presence and mainstream impact of Latinos in U.S. and world art.”

Undergirding Ortiz’s work is his interest in neo-Freudian psychoanalysis. His destruction performances at the “Destruction in Art Symposium” in London in 1966 became the inspiration for “primal therapy,” which is known for its use of the “primal scream,” developed by Arthur Janov, who received two degrees from UCLA, including his masters in psychiatric social works in 1948, and adopted by, among others, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. In the 1980s, Ortiz developed innovative computer and digital art, while he has engaged with such topics as pre-emptive war, the environment and childhood trauma. He pursued these ideas through academic research as well, and in 1982 he received his doctorate in education from Columbia University Teacher’s College. Today Ortiz is a distinguished professor of visual arts at Rutgers University.

“In addition to having this incredible history, Ortiz is now influencing a new generation of artists seeking both political and spiritual relevance in the world,” Noriega said. “UCLA will play a part in their success, as artists as well as students and scholars will soon be able to access an extensive collection of Ortiz’s papers and ephemera at the Chicano Studies Research Center.”

Active in the arts and education for 60 years, Ortiz’s work is included in major museum permanent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Tate Art Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Hirshhorn Museum. Work from a destruction performance at the 2017 LA Art Show was recently acquired by Chicano Studies Research Center community partner the Vincent Price Art Museum in Monterey Park. The exhibition “Raphael Montañez Ortiz: Shred Your Worries and Other Destructions,” which includes photographs, video, and papers from his archival collection, is on view in 144 Haines Hall through the summer.

Publication of Azusa Pacific Universitys Dead Sea Scrolls to Enhance Biblical Scholarship

Azusa Pacific University announces the long-awaited formal publication of rare Dead Sea Scroll (DSS) manuscripts from its Special Collections library. In 2009, the university acquired five ancient biblical manuscripts for scholarly study and preservation for posterity. A faculty team from APU’s School of Theology has completed its systematic examination, transcription, and analysis of the 2000-year-old manuscripts. The highly anticipated official publication of these rare and fragile antiquities will appear as a volume in the prestigious Princeton Theological Seminary Dead Sea Scrolls Project series in 2017.

The publication was prepared in collaboration with an editorial team at Princeton Theological Seminary headed by James H. Charlesworth, Ph.D., George Collord Professor of New Testament. This volume will join other recently published volumes of Dead Sea Scroll fragments in the Schøyen and Museum of the Bible collections.

“The first volume in the Supplement Volumes of the Princeton’s Dead Sea Scrolls Project is the editio princeps of manuscripts of biblical compositions found among the Dead Sea Scrolls,” said Charlesworth. “These manuscripts were unknown and thus not included in earlier publications of the Dead Sea Scrolls. These scrolls are extremely important because they contain some different readings from those found in our Bibles. Some of these readings help us correct the texts of the Bible. Along with Professor Rietz, my associate editor, and the scholars at APU, I am excited to share these Dead Sea Scrolls with all who are devoted to our Bible and an international, multicultural audience.”

“We look forward to bringing complete information about APU’s ancient biblical manuscripts to the scholarly world,” said lead researcher William Yarchin, Ph.D., the Dean’s Endowed Professor of Biblical Studies in APU’s School of Theology. “Some of these manuscripts contain wording found in no other Hebrew manuscript, and scholars are keen to integrate that information into the existing body of biblical scholarship. It is also important to provide this material to the scholarly world in light of concerns over possible forgeries among scroll fragments that have recently come to light. One of our fragments has been carbon dated as truly ancient. So we are confident, and we fully support all future scientific studies that can help advance research in ancient manuscripts.”

Among the five ancient fragments are portions from the book of Leviticus, the book of Deuteronomy, and the book of Daniel, inscribed at about the time of Christ or within a century earlier. It is possible that the Daniel fragment owned by APU is the world’s oldest existing manuscript of Daniel 5:13-16.

Of the significant findings, „The university’s Deuteronomy 27 fragment features a unique reading in verse 4 that agrees with the Samaritan Torah. This will give scholars new insights into the relationship between Judaism and Samaritanism in antiquity,” said Karen Winslow, Ph.D., professor and chair, biblical and theological studies in the Azusa Pacific Seminary.

The Dead Sea Scrolls have been described as one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever. They include the oldest biblical manuscripts in existence. Scholars credit the scrolls for increasing knowledge of the origins of Christianity and revolutionizing their understanding of Judaism. Azusa Pacific University’s five Dead Sea Scroll fragments include: 1) portions of Leviticus 10:4-7; 2) portions of Deuteronomy 8:2-5; 3) portions of Deuteronomy 27:4-6; 4) portions of Daniel 5:13-16; and 5) an unidentified fragment. All five fragments are from Qumran Cave 4. In 2010, APU held a public exhibition of these manuscripts along with other biblical artifacts from its Special Collections. Along with its Dead Sea Scroll holdings, APU oversees an archaeological excavation of the biblical site Abel Beth Maacah, a 35-acre tel in the northernmost border of present day Israel. Dig findings include a 3,000-year-old seal depicting ritualistic dance and a silver hoard likely from the late Bronze Age.

Publication of Azusa Pacific Universitys Dead Sea Scrolls to Enhance Biblical Scholarship

Azusa Pacific University announces the long-awaited formal publication of rare Dead Sea Scroll (DSS) manuscripts from its Special Collections library. In 2009, the university acquired five ancient biblical manuscripts for scholarly study and preservation for posterity. A faculty team from APU’s School of Theology has completed its systematic examination, transcription, and analysis of the 2000-year-old manuscripts. The highly anticipated official publication of these rare and fragile antiquities will appear as a volume in the prestigious Princeton Theological Seminary Dead Sea Scrolls Project series in 2017.

The publication was prepared in collaboration with an editorial team at Princeton Theological Seminary headed by James H. Charlesworth, Ph.D., George Collord Professor of New Testament. This volume will join other recently published volumes of Dead Sea Scroll fragments in the Schøyen and Museum of the Bible collections.

“The first volume in the Supplement Volumes of the Princeton’s Dead Sea Scrolls Project is the editio princeps of manuscripts of biblical compositions found among the Dead Sea Scrolls,” said Charlesworth. “These manuscripts were unknown and thus not included in earlier publications of the Dead Sea Scrolls. These scrolls are extremely important because they contain some different readings from those found in our Bibles. Some of these readings help us correct the texts of the Bible. Along with Professor Rietz, my associate editor, and the scholars at APU, I am excited to share these Dead Sea Scrolls with all who are devoted to our Bible and an international, multicultural audience.”

“We look forward to bringing complete information about APU’s ancient biblical manuscripts to the scholarly world,” said lead researcher William Yarchin, Ph.D., the Dean’s Endowed Professor of Biblical Studies in APU’s School of Theology. “Some of these manuscripts contain wording found in no other Hebrew manuscript, and scholars are keen to integrate that information into the existing body of biblical scholarship. It is also important to provide this material to the scholarly world in light of concerns over possible forgeries among scroll fragments that have recently come to light. One of our fragments has been carbon dated as truly ancient. So we are confident, and we fully support all future scientific studies that can help advance research in ancient manuscripts.”

Among the five ancient fragments are portions from the book of Leviticus, the book of Deuteronomy, and the book of Daniel, inscribed at about the time of Christ or within a century earlier. It is possible that the Daniel fragment owned by APU is the world’s oldest existing manuscript of Daniel 5:13-16.

Of the significant findings, „The university’s Deuteronomy 27 fragment features a unique reading in verse 4 that agrees with the Samaritan Torah. This will give scholars new insights into the relationship between Judaism and Samaritanism in antiquity,” said Karen Winslow, Ph.D., professor and chair, biblical and theological studies in the Azusa Pacific Seminary.

The Dead Sea Scrolls have been described as one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever. They include the oldest biblical manuscripts in existence. Scholars credit the scrolls for increasing knowledge of the origins of Christianity and revolutionizing their understanding of Judaism. Azusa Pacific University’s five Dead Sea Scroll fragments include: 1) portions of Leviticus 10:4-7; 2) portions of Deuteronomy 8:2-5; 3) portions of Deuteronomy 27:4-6; 4) portions of Daniel 5:13-16; and 5) an unidentified fragment. All five fragments are from Qumran Cave 4. In 2010, APU held a public exhibition of these manuscripts along with other biblical artifacts from its Special Collections. Along with its Dead Sea Scroll holdings, APU oversees an archaeological excavation of the biblical site Abel Beth Maacah, a 35-acre tel in the northernmost border of present day Israel. Dig findings include a 3,000-year-old seal depicting ritualistic dance and a silver hoard likely from the late Bronze Age.

Boingo Honored with 2017 Leading Lights Award for Outstanding Transformation Strategy

LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2017Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI), the leading DAS, small cell and Wi-Fi provider that serves consumers, carriers and advertisers worldwide, today announced that it has been named a winner in the Light Reading 2017 Leading Lights Awards for the “Outstanding Transformation Strategy” category. Boingo was recognized for undergoing a significant strategic transformation in recent years that moved the company from a predominantly standalone subscriber-based retail Wi-Fi business to a model that acquires wireless rights at large venues, builds out Wi-Fi, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and small cell networks at those venues and monetizes them through innovative products and services, such as carrier offload, small cells and Wi-Fi for the military.

The Boingo transformation story includes the launch of a Wi-Fi business for the military, becoming the largest provider of indoor DAS networks and responding to the incredible demand for mobile data with Wi-Fi offload services for carriers,” said David Hagan, chairman and CEO, Boingo. “The majority of our revenue today is a result of our transformation, underscoring the strategy’s impact. We are incredibly honored by this award win and share it with all Boingo colleagues who are at the foundation of our success.”

Now in its 13th year, Leading Lights is the communications industry’s leading awards program, recognizing top companies and executives for their outstanding achievements in next-generation communications technology, applications, services, strategies and innovations. The Leading Lights winners were announced at an awards dinner at Brazos Hall in Austin, Texas, on Monday, May 15, on the eve of the Big Communications Event.

“The quality and number of submissions we received this year across all of our categories was a testament to the innovation that underpins developments in the global communications industry,” said Light Reading International Group Editor Ray Le Maistre. “The winners, and all of the finalists, can be proud of their achievements. Congratulations to all!”

In addition to Boingo, Leading Lights award recipients included AT&T, Qualcomm, Cisco and Nokia, among others. A complete list of all 2017 winners can be found here.

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Boingo Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIFI) helps the world stay connected. Our vast footprint of small cell networks cover more than a million DAS and Wi-Fi locations and reaches more than 1 billion consumers annually – in places as varied as airports, stadiums, universities, and military bases. For more information about the Boingo story, visit www.boingo.com.

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Boingo Honored with 2017 Leading Lights Award for Outstanding Transformation Strategy

LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2017Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI), the leading DAS, small cell and Wi-Fi provider that serves consumers, carriers and advertisers worldwide, today announced that it has been named a winner in the Light Reading 2017 Leading Lights Awards for the “Outstanding Transformation Strategy” category. Boingo was recognized for undergoing a significant strategic transformation in recent years that moved the company from a predominantly standalone subscriber-based retail Wi-Fi business to a model that acquires wireless rights at large venues, builds out Wi-Fi, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and small cell networks at those venues and monetizes them through innovative products and services, such as carrier offload, small cells and Wi-Fi for the military.

The Boingo transformation story includes the launch of a Wi-Fi business for the military, becoming the largest provider of indoor DAS networks and responding to the incredible demand for mobile data with Wi-Fi offload services for carriers,” said David Hagan, chairman and CEO, Boingo. “The majority of our revenue today is a result of our transformation, underscoring the strategy’s impact. We are incredibly honored by this award win and share it with all Boingo colleagues who are at the foundation of our success.”

Now in its 13th year, Leading Lights is the communications industry’s leading awards program, recognizing top companies and executives for their outstanding achievements in next-generation communications technology, applications, services, strategies and innovations. The Leading Lights winners were announced at an awards dinner at Brazos Hall in Austin, Texas, on Monday, May 15, on the eve of the Big Communications Event.

“The quality and number of submissions we received this year across all of our categories was a testament to the innovation that underpins developments in the global communications industry,” said Light Reading International Group Editor Ray Le Maistre. “The winners, and all of the finalists, can be proud of their achievements. Congratulations to all!”

In addition to Boingo, Leading Lights award recipients included AT&T, Qualcomm, Cisco and Nokia, among others. A complete list of all 2017 winners can be found here.

About Light Reading
Light Reading (www.lightreading.com) helps the global communications industry make informed decisions. The LightReading.com site is the definitive source for next-generation communications analysis for more than 450,000 users each month, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content and reputation. Light Reading also produces live events for executives charged with monetizing cable, New IP, optical, Ethernet, mobile, gigabit cities, security, virtualization and components.

About Boingo Wireless

Boingo Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIFI) helps the world stay connected. Our vast footprint of small cell networks cover more than a million DAS and Wi-Fi locations and reaches more than 1 billion consumers annually – in places as varied as airports, stadiums, universities, and military bases. For more information about the Boingo story, visit www.boingo.com.

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