Six new members join Board of Trustees
At its spring 2001 meeting, the College Board of Trustees
chose six new members to serve for five-year terms. It also named various
trustees to administrative positions on the Board and granted emeritus
status to six retiring Trustees.
The six new members are Michael S. Cary '71, Michael M.
Crow, Stephen F. Gormley '72, Alvin D. Hall '74, Lisa A. McElaney '77,
and Sheldon M. Stone '74.
Cary is headmaster and trustee of Lawrenceville School in
Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He holds both an MA in teaching from Brown
University and an MA in religious studies from Yale University. In 1994,
he won the Bowdoin Distinguished Education Award. He also served as president
of the Bowdoin Alumni Council.
Crow is the executive vice provost and professor of science
policy at Columbia University, as well as an author. He is an alumnus
of Iowa State University and earned his Ph.D. in public administration
from Syracuse University.
After majoring in government at Bowdoin, Gormley earned
his MBA at Columbia University. As well as serving as chairman of the
board of Duro Communications and General Systems Solutions, he is the
co-founder and current managing partner of Great Hill Partners, which
provides equity financing and guidance to media and communications businesses.
He also served on the Bowdoin Special Gifts committee.
Currently president of Alvin D. Hall Associates, Alvin Hall
is responsible for creating and implementing marketing campaigns and investment-training
seminars. He earned his MA in American Literature from the University
of North Carolina. In addition to being a prolific author on financial-planning
strategies, he hosts his own television show on BBC Television, Investing
for All with Alan Hall.
McElaney earned her MFA degree at Columbia University. She
now works as both a teacher and a filmmaker, producing videos about family
health issues-her work has earned her many awards. She is also the president
and executive producer of Vida Health in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Stone is currently a principal at Oaktree Capital Management
in Los Angeles, providing investment strategies to businesses. He majored
in government at Bowdoin, and earned his MBA from Columbia University.
He has served as a BASIC representative, as well as a member of the Class
of 1974 25th Reunion Special Gifts Committee.
At the spring meeting, the Board of Trustees also re-elected
D. Ellen Shuman '76 as a vice-chair. In addition, it named as Anne W.
Springer '81 as Secretary of the Board and David R. Treadwell Jr. '64
as assistant secretary of the Board.
The Board also granted six retiring members emeritus status.
Although emeritus members no longer vote at Trustee meetings, they are
still very active in Trustee affairs. The six retiring members are Walter
E. Bartlett '53, Thomas Clark Casey '51, William Harris Hazen '52, Robert
H. Millar '62, Carolyn Walch Slayman H'85, and Leslie Walker '85. Millar
was also elected Secretary of the Trustees Emeritus.
Currently, there are forty-nine trustees on the Board, including
President of the College Barry Mills. Working in various committees, the
Board of Trustees is responsible for acting as the chief policy-making
body for the College. These policies include governance, financial management
(including budget approvals and ground maintenance), financial development,
presidential selection and assessment, communication among both college
and community members, academic affairs, and student life.
"Choosing trustees is a cumulative process," said
Secretary of the College Richard Mersereau. "Names are not picked
from a hat. They may be picked from any source, but more often they are
chosen through relations with former alums and parents." The names
usually "come about because people like myself, the President, Bill
Torrey [Vice-President for Planning and Development], and others are always
on the lookout."
Once names are collected, the Trustees' Affairs Commission,
which is responsible for the control of administrative affairs of trustee
members, selects electees. The Commission aims to create a sense of "balance
in as many ways as possible," according to Mersereau by choosing
electees among a wide variety of professions and backgrounds. Mersereau
added, "We do this to ensure excellence across the boards and excellence
divided as many ways as possible," said Mersereau.
Information on individual trustees taken from Bowdoin