Boston University Board of Trustees Names New Chair and Vice Chair

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(Boston, Mass.) — At the annual spring meeting, the Board of Trustees of Boston University today named a new Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board and a former Trustee returned as a member. Alan Leventhal was selected as Chair and Robert A. Knox was selected as Vice Chair. Board Chairman Christopher Barreca and Vice Chairman Dexter Dodge submitted their resignations; both were for health-related reasons. In addition, former Trustee David D’Alessandro was re-elected to the Board after resigning last fall.

Leventhal is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Beacon Capital Partners. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Beacon Properties, one of the largest real estate investment trusts in the United States. He joined its predecessor, The Beacon Companies, in 1976. Leventhal received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. In addition to Boston University, he is also a Trustee at Northwestern University. He is a board member of the Pension Real Estate Association (“PREA”), a member of the Board of Overseers of the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, and a member of the Dartmouth Real Estate Advisory Committee. He is Co-chair of Boston 2004, Boston’s host committee for the Democratic National Convention. He also serves as an Overseer of the New England Aquarium and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Leventhal’s mother, sister and daughter all attended Boston University.

“I am honored to be selected as Chair by my fellow Trustees,” said Leventhal. “We are at an exciting juncture in Boston University’s history and I hope to work with my colleagues to continue to build upon our success as a world class university.”

Knox received both his Bachelor’s degree and his M.B.A. from Boston University. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for service to his alma mater. Knox is a Senior Managing Director of Cornerstone Equity Investors, LLC, a private equity firm in New York which he co-founded. He serves on the Board of Directors of Health Management Associates, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange company, and also sits on the boards of various private corporations. Knox and his wife Jeanne are active in various charitable activities in the area of juvenile diabetes.

Knox noted, “The opportunity to serve as Vice Chair is an honor, and I appreciate the vote of confidence from my Board colleagues. I have been involved with Boston University since I was a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, and I look forward to helping to move the University to a new level.”

D’Alessandro is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of John Hancock Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE: JHF). He was elected President & Chief Operations Officer of John Hancock January 1, 1998, and in that capacity was responsible for driving the company’s insurance and retail investment businesses as well as its marketing, technology, financial and personnel operations. He became CEO on June 1, 2000, gaining responsibility for the company’s extensive investment operations, its institutional pension business, as well as its overall corporate strategy. He became Chairman on May 14, 2001. In 2001, WORTH magazine named D’Alessandro one of the 50 Best CEOs and MONEY magazine named him one of the four Best New CEOs. ADWEEK, a leading advertising magazine, named him Marketer of the Year in 1986 and Fortune magazine featured him in its “On The Rise” section in 1989. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University.

Note to Editors: The new chairman may be available for interviews this afternoon.