The Board of Trustees is holding one of its three annual meetings with President Rose this weekend at a retreat on the campus of Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. The Orient looked into the makeup of the board prior to their meeting.

The trustees are a group of Bowdoin alumni and parents that function as the College’s highest governing body. They have oversight over all aspects of Bowdoin. On various committees and in coordination with administration, the trustees oversee strategic goals for the College, faculty and administration hiring, academic affairs, admissions and financial aid, college finances and campus planning.

Many of the trustees hold positions of significant power. They are corporate executives, law firm partners, higher education administrators and hedge fund managers. Twenty of Bowdoin’s forty two trustees have or had careers in finance. Many of these twenty oversee giant investment portfolios.

In addition to the significant time commitment attending three sets of meetings each year, the trustees are expected to make significant annual donations to the College. Many also make large financial contributions to political candidates and groups.

A full two-thirds of the Board’s members are male while only one third are female. Two Board members, Jane L. Pinchin and David J. Roux, are not Bowdoin graduates and are only Bowdoin parents. 57 percent of Board members have had one or more child attend Bowdoin.

According to a 2012 Orient report, trustees are chosen based on recommendations from many constituencies including to the Board’s Committee on Trustees and added to the Board after a vote.

With 42 members Bowdoin has a slightly larger board compared to many peer schools. For instance, Williams has only 22 Board members and Trinity has 29.

The Orient compiled this report from data available from the College, the Federal Elections Commission and other web sources.

Political Affiliation and Gender Breakdown

The Board's Top Political Donors

The Carreers of Bowdoin's Board Members

Deborah Jensen Barker '80 P'16

Chair of the Board

Community Volunteer


Barker previously worked at Prudential Securities as a managing director in investment banking.

Gregory E. Kerr '79

Vice Chair of the Board

Senior Vice President Quality and Operations, NYU Lutheran Hospital


Kerr previously served as the Medical Director of Critical Care Services at New York Presbyterian Hospital and a doctor of medicine at New York University School of Medicine.

Sydney Asbury '03

Vice President, Northwind Strategies.


Asbury previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts.

Peter J. Bernard '79, P'11, P'17



Chief Risk Officer, D.E. Shaw & Company

Arthur E. Black '91

Founding Partner, BBR Partners LLC


Black previously worked as a client advisor at Goldman Sachs, in the Family Business Group of the Chemical Bank, and in the legal department of Constitution Reinsurance.

Gregory B. Bowes '83, P'16

Managing Principal, Albright Capital Management


Bowes previously worked at Bankers Trust Company and served as the Chairman of Greenwich International at Greenwich Capital Markets.

Ronald C. Brady '89, P'19

Regional Director, Democracy Prep Public Schools


Brady previously served as the Executive Director and Co-founder of Foundation Academies.

David G. Brown '79

Private Investor


Brown previously served as a Managing Partner of Oak Hill Venture Partners, Vice President and CFO of Keystone Inc., and Vice President of the Corporate Finance Department at Salomon Brothers.

Leonard W. Cotton '71, P'01



Cotton previously served as the President of Commercial Mortgage-backed Securities Association, the President of Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, and the Chairman and CEO of ARCap REIT

Michele G. Cyr '76, P'12

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Brown University

Iris W. Davis '78

Environmental Analyst, Department of Environmental Protection

Jeff D. Emerson '70, P'10

President, NorthEnd Group LLC


Emerson previously served as Head of Health Care Management at Aetna, Executive Vice President at ValueOptions, Inc., CIO and Executive Vice President at Magellan Health Services, President of CIGNA and Co-founder and COO of Digital Insurance.

John A. Gibbons, Jr. '64, P'88, P'91, P'96, P'03

Managing Partner and Owner, Odin Partners


Gibbons previously served as the Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC.

Donald A. Goldsmith '65, P'04

Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

Stephen F. Gormley '72, P'06, P'09, P'11



Gormley previously co-founded and served as a Managing Partner at Great Hill Partners.

Bradford A. Hunter '78



Hunter previously served as Chairman and CEO of Fleet Bank of Maine, Senior Project Manager of Strategic Planning and Business Development at L.L. Bean and Chief Financial Officer at Dead River Company.

Tasha vanderLinde Irving '82, P'17

Founder and Former Principal, Touchstone School


Irving previously worked as a music teacher.

Ann Hambelton Kenyon '79

Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

George A. Khaldun '73

Chief Administrative Office, Harlem Children’s Zone

James W. MacAllen '66



MacAllen previously served as the President and CEO of David L. Babson & Company.

Joseph V. McDevitt, Jr. '75



McDevitt previously served as a Managing Director at PIMCO, a global investment management firm with $1.43 trillion in assets.

John F. McQuillan, Jr. '87

President & CEO, Triumvirate Environmental

Henry T.A. Moniz '86

Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Audit Officer, and Global Head of Strategic Business Practices, Viacom Inc.


Moniz previously worked as a Litigation Partner at Bingham McCutchen and as Assistant United States Attorney in Criminal Divisions in Miami and Boston.

David A. Morales '97

Vice President of Public Policy and Strategic Planning, Steward Health Care


Morales previously worked as the Commissioner of Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy.

Scott B. Perper '78

Managing Partner, Pamlico Capital


Perper was previously a Managing Partner of First Union Capital Partners, a Senior Vice President at First Union Corporation and a Senior Vice President of Wachovia Capital Partners.

Kathleen Kimiko Phillips '99

President, Berens Capital Management, LLC


Phillips has previously worked at the BARRA Strategic Consulting Group (now called Casey Quirk) where she specialized in advising investment management organizations.

Jane L. Pinchin P '01

Thomas A. Bartlett Chair and Professor of English, Colgate University

Mary Hogan Preusse '90

Managing Director and Co-Head, Americas Real Estate, APG Asset Management US


Preusse has previously worked as the VP of Equity Research at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and also at UBS Securities. She also worked as an analyst at Smith Barney and at Merrill Lynch.

Linda Horvitz Roth '76, P'13

Senior Curator, European Decorative Arts, Wadsworth Atheneum

David J. Roux P '14

Co-Founder and Senior Director, Silver Lake


Roux has previously worked as the Chairman/CEO of Liberate Technologies, Executive VP at Oracle Corporation and Senior VP at Lotus Development.

Geoffrey C. Rusack '78, P'13

President, Rusack Vineyards


Rusack worked as a defense attorney before starting Rusack Vineyards.

H. Allen Ryan '64, P'88



Ryan previously served as the Chairman/President of Northcenter Foodservice Corp.

Joan Benoit Samuelson '79, P'12

Athletic/Health Consultant


Samuelson has previously competed as a professional athlete. She won the Boston Marathon in 1979 and again in 1983, setting the world record and also won gold in the marathon at the 1984 Olympic Games.

Andrew E. Serwer '81, 'P16

Editor-In-Chief, Yahoo Finance


Serwer has previously worked as the Managing Editor for Fortune Magazine.

Mary C. Tydings Smith '78, P'09

Managing Director, Russell Reynolds Associates

James T. Staley '79, P'11

CEO, Barclays


Staley has worked at BlueMountain Capital and has served as the CEO of JP Morgan.

Sheldon M. Stone '74

Principal, Oaktree Capital Management


Stone has worked as the Director of Corporate Finance at The Prudential Insurance Company

John K. L. Thorndike '02

Capital Allocator, GMO LLC


Thorndike has previously served as the Deputy Chief Investment Officer at TIFF Advisory Services

Karen N. Walker '84, P'15

Partner, Kirkland and Ellis

Paula M. Wardynski '79

Senior Vice President of Finance, Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.

David P. Wheeler '74, P'07, P'15

Co-Chair, European Investment Banking Committee, Credit Suisse


Wheeler previously worked at JP Morgan and Lehman Brothers and started the JPM Telecom Group.

Robert F. White '77, P'15

Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School


White is notable for founding Bain Capital with Mitt Romney in 1984. He became less active in 2014.