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Former poet laureate reflects
Board of Trustees elects Methodist bishop, appoints 12 to Board of Overseers

Bishop David D. Weaver. Photo courtesy of United Methodist News Service.


Bishop Peter D. Weaver. Photo courtesy of United Methodist News Service.

The Board of Trustees at its December 2 meeting elected new member Bishop Peter D. Weaver of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church and appointed 12 members to the University’s Board of Overseers, an advisory body created last year.

Weaver (STH’75), a native of Pennsylvania, received degrees from West Virginia Wesleyan College and Drew University before earning a doctorate from the School of Theology. He was ordained a deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1967 and an elder in 1969 and served as senior pastor of Pittsburgh congregations for many years before being elected bishop for the region of eastern Pennsylvania in 1996. As a minister, Weaver helped found a shelter for homeless women and launched several ministries whose aim was aiding the poor in Pittsburgh.

In 2004, Weaver was named president of the United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops, which serves 11 million Methodists worldwide. He moved to the Boston area last year to lead the church’s New England Conference. In his free time, he enjoys being with his family, water sports, playing trombone, and woodworking.

Advisory board blossoms

The University’s Board of Overseers, created by the Board of Trustees last May, advances BU’s mission in a variety of ways: its members 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, ability to assist in fundraising, vision, dedication to the advancement of BU, and willingness to participate in the life of the University.

The 12 newly appointed overseers bring total membership of the board to 19. The new appointees are Merwyn Bagan (MED’62, SPH’95), a retired neurosurgeon and former president and chairman of Healthsource, a New Hampshire–based health maintenance organization; James Berluti (COM’78), cofounder, president, and CEO of Eastern Connection, Inc., a regional overnight courier service; Derek Davis (CAS’86, LAW’89), a partner in the business department and member of the public finance group at the Boston law office of Nutter, McClennan & Fish; David B. Ellis (CAS’54, LAW’57), a partner in the Boston law firm Foley, Hoag, LLP; Norman Gaut, former president and CEO of PictureTel Corporation, a maker of videoconferencing systems, in Andover, Mass., and an honorary trustee; Joseph Hagan (SED’60, Hon.’93), a higher education consultant and former president of Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., and Assumption College in Worcester, Mass.; Sarkis Kechejian (MED’63), a cardiologist and 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; Rita Mehos, a retired musician 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 (GSM’71), founder, owner, president, chairman, and CEO of Paul Financial, a wholesale mortgage broker; Jay Roewe (COM’79), senior vice president of production for HBO Films; Joe Roth (COM’70), founder and majority owner of Revolution Studios and former chairman of 20th Century Fox and Walt Disney Studios; and Laura Walsh Strandskov, former president of Recordkeeper Archives Center, Ltd., an off-site archiving service, and an honorary trustee.

They join previously appointed overseers Dexter A. Dodge (SMG’56), who chairs the board, Robert Brown, Earle C. Cooley (LAW’57), Leon Hirsch, James Howell, William Macauley (LAW’69), and Edward Masterman, all former trustees. The Board of Overseers meets twice yearly, once in conjunction with a meeting of the Board of Trustees.


10 December 2004
Boston University
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