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(Boston) — The Boston University trustee committee responsible for conducting a search for the University’s next president today announced that its 15 members will include representatives from the faculty, student body, and deans, in addition to the trustee members appointed in September.
The search committee, led by Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees David F. D’Alessandro, made its member selection after offering to meet with faculty, staff and students, and spending the last two months listening to those individuals who accepted the invitation to share their suggestions and advice with the group.
“Our goal through dozens of meetings over the past two months was simple,” said D’Alessandro, “we wanted to listen, to be inclusive, to assemble a diverse search committee, and to make sure that many voices are heard as we recruit and evaluate presidential candidates.
“Ultimately,” added D’Alessandro, “the Board of Trustees is responsible for selecting a new president. That is not something we can or should delegate. But the search committee, with its inclusive process and diverse membership, will make sure that selection is based on the many needs and the different perspectives from across the entire university.”
The search committee will consist of one student, one dean, and five faculty members in addition to the eight trustees previously announced. The members are:
• MaryGrace Henry – Ms. Henry is a junior enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Communication. She is pursuing majors in political science and broadcast journalism.
• Professor Robert Bone – Professor Bone has been a faculty member of the Boston University School of Law since 1987. He is a recipient of the university’s highest teaching honor, the Metcalf Award, and teaches courses in civil procedure, complex litigation, and intellectual property.
• Professor Bennett Goldberg – Professor Goldberg has been a member of the faculty since 1989 and is currently the acting chairman of the Department of Physics. He is a leader in the study of photonics and participates in programs which support area public schools.
• Dr. Joseph Loscalzo – Dr. Loscalzo is chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. He is also Wade Professor and professor of biochemistry and director of the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute at the medical school, as well as physician-in-chief at Boston Medical Center.
• Professor Ronald K. Richardson – Professor Richardson is director of the African American Studies Program at Boston University and associate professor of history. His areas of studies include modern European cultural and intellectual history, political theory, medieval Europe, and the interaction between African-Americans and other racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. and worldwide.
• Professor Rosanna Warren – Professor Warren is the Emma MacLachlin Metcalf Professor in the Humanities, a University Professor and a professor of English and modern foreign languages and literatures. She is director of the translation seminar course in the University Professors Program and is also a recipient of the university’s Metcalf Award.
• Dean Louis E. Lataif – Mr. Lataif is dean of the Boston University School of Management, a post he has held since 1991 when he joined the university after a 27-year career with Ford Motor Company. In addition to his university duties, he serves on the boards of directors of a number of companies and the Iacocca Foundation.
• Dr. Suzanne Cutler – Dr. Cutler is executive vice president of The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and oversees its financial management, human resources, operations/risk management, business continuity, investment review, and building support functions. She has been a member of the Boston University Board of Trustees since 1985.
• David F. D’Alessandro – Mr. D’Alessandro is chairman of John Hancock Financial Services where, during his 20-year career, he rebuilt the company’s business franchise, took it public and merged it with Manulife Financial Corporation to create the second-largest life insurance company in North America. He also is the author of two bestselling books, “Brand Warfare: 10 Rules for Building the Killer Brand” and “Career Warfare: 10 Rules for Building a Successful Personal Brand and Fighting to Keep It.” He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1995 and is currently vice chairman. He also is chairman of the Presidential Search Committee.
• Robert Knox – Mr. Knox is co-founder of Cornerstone Equity Investors, one the largest and most experienced private equity firms in the United States. He was elected to the Boston University Board of Trustees in 1997 and serves as vice chairman of the Board and of the Search Committee.
• Alan Leventhal – Mr. Leventhal is chairman and chief executive officer of Beacon Capital Partners LLC, the largest private equity office fund in the United States. He previously served as president and CEO of Beacon Properties Corporation, one of the country’s largest real estate investment trusts. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1995 and serves as its chairman. He is an ex officio member of the search committee and also serves as a life trustee of Northwestern University, an overseer of the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth, and board member of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.
• Dr. David Myers – Dr. Myers is an orthopedic surgeon and founder of the HealthNet Corporation and Sall/Myers Workers Compensation Centers. He also is CEO and president of 2nd Home LLC, a group of medical daycare centers for the elderly. He was elected to the Board in 1989.
• Sharon Ryan – Mrs. Ryan is immediate past-president of the Breck Episcopal College Preparatory School, director of the Courage Rehabilitation Center, and a member of The Links, Incorporated of Minneapolis – St. Paul Chapter. She was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2000.
• Richard Shipley – Mr. Shipley is honorary chairman of Shipley Company LLC, a world leader in electronic materials and process technology development. He also is the chief executive officer of Shiprock Capital LLC. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2002.
• Marshall Sloane – Mr. Sloane founded Century Bank and Trust Company and also is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Century Bancorp. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1993.
Boston University, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 in its 17 schools and colleges, is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. The university offers an exceptional grounding in the liberal arts, a broad range of programs in the arts, sciences, engineering, and professional areas, and state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research.