Boston University Board of Trustees Names Twelve Members to Board of Overseers

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(Boston) — The Boston University Board of Trustees elected 12 new members to the University’s Board of Overseers at its December meeting, bringing the total membership to 19. The Board of Overseers, common at many universities, was created at the Trustee’s May 2004 meeting at which the initial seven members were named.

The Board of Overseers is an advisory body dedicated to supporting and advancing the mission of Boston University. The role of the Overseers is to consult on special projects, assist with fundraising and community relations, provide advice and counsel, and recommend candidates for membership on the Board of Trustees. Members are selected on the basis of their individual interests, special expertise, vision and dedication to the advancement of Boston University, ability to assist in fundraising, and willingness to participate in the life of the university.

Named to the Board of Overseers at the December Board of Trustees meeting were:

● Merwyn Bagan, of Concord, N.H., a retired neurosurgeon, a consultant with Tribhuvan University’s Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, the former president and chairman of Healthsource, a New Hampshire-based health maintenance organization, and a BU alumnus of the School of Medicine and School of Public Health;
● James Berluti, of Westwood, Mass., co-founder, president, and CEO of Eastern Connection, Inc, a regional overnight courier serving the East Coast from Maine to Northern Virginia, and a BU alumnus of the College of Communication;
● Derek Davis, of Milton, Mass., a partner in the Business Department and a member of the Public Finance Group at the Boston law office of Nutter, McClennan & Fish, and a BU alumnus of the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Law;
● David B. Ellis, of Chestnut Hill, Mass., a partner in the Boston law firm of Foley, Hoag, LLP, former chairman of the firm and its Labor and Employment Department, and a BU alumnus of the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Law;
● Norman Gaut, of Lexington, Mass., former president and CEO of PictureTel Corporation, the publicly traded maker of videoconferencing systems based in Andover, Mass., and an Honorary Trustee;
● Joseph Hagan, of Little Compton, R.I., a higher education consultant, former president of Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. and Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., and a BU alumnus of the School of Education;
● Sarkis Kechijian, of Dallas, Texas, a cardiologist, who is currently president and treasurer of Alliance Health, Inc. and president and CEO of medical clinics in Texas under the K-Clinics and K Med Centers names, and a BU alumnus of the School of Medicine;
● Rita Mehos, of Darien, Conn., a retired pianist, organist, choral director, and music teacher, who for the past several years has been assisting with an international music program at the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, and a former Trustee;
● Peter T. Paul, of Larkspur, Calif., founder and CEO of Paul Financial, a mortgage banking company, former founder and CEO of Headlands Mortgage Co., and a BU alumnus of the Graduate School of Management;
● Jay Roewe, of Los Angeles, Calif., senior vice president of production for HBO Films, and a BU alumnus of the College of Communication;
● Joe Roth, of Los Angeles, Calif., founder and majority owner of Revolution Studios, former chairman of 20th Century Fox and Walt Disney Studios, and a BU alumnus of the College of Communication; and
● Laura Walsh Strandskov, of Osterville, Mass., former president of Recordkeeper Archives Center, Ltd., an off-site archiving service, and an Honorary Trustee.

They join previously named Overseers Dexter A. Dodge, Robert Brown, Earle C. Cooley, Leon Hirsch, James Howell, William Macauley, and Edward Masterman. Dodge serves as chairman of the Board of Overseers. The Overseers meet twice yearly, once in conjunction with a meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Boston University is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges. 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 research and teaching.