Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Officers of the Board

Kevin L. Clayton '84 '13P*

Kevin L. Clayton ’84 ’13P

Chairman of the Board
Interim President, 2014-2015
Trustee: 1993-1999, 2005-2014
Corporate Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2020
Kevin Clayton earned a B.A. in Government from Lehigh University in 1984 and an M.B.A. from St. Joseph’s University in 1988. Clayton began his business career with Chrysler Corporation, holding a variety of management positions in the U.S. Automotive Sales and Marketing Division. In 1990, he moved to Trust Company of the West, an institutional investment management firm, rising to senior vice president. He joined Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., a publicly-traded global investment management firm, at its inception in 1995. Clayton served as a principal and director of the firm, and as supervising principal at OCM Investments, LLC, Oaktree’s registered broker-dealer entity. He is currently the managing partner of the Finley Ridge Group, a private family office in Bedminster, NJ and serves on the Board of Directors of Aquicore, a commercial real estate energy management company in Washington, DC.

Clayton became chair of the Board of Trustees at Lehigh University on July 1, 2017. He previously served as vice chair of the board since 2012 with the exception of the 2014-2015 academic year in which he served as Lehigh’s interim president.

 

Robert L. Brown III ’78*

Robert L. Brown III ’78

Vice Chair of the Board
Corporate Trustee, Trustee Since 2002
Current Term: July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2021

Robert L. Brown is a retired partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He also serves on the board of the Philadelphia Zoo. He received a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Lehigh in 1978.

Philip B. Sheibley ’81 '19P*

Philip B. Sheibley ’81 '19P

Vice Chair of the Board
Corporate Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2020
Philip B. Sheibley is a venture capital investor with a primary focus on the alternative energy and life sciences industries. He is also the chairman of Fiberight LLC, an advanced biofuel company, and serves on the board of directors for a number of his other portfolio companies. He retired as a managing partner with Accenture in 2010, where he was industry director for the Life Sciences industry practice. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh in 1981.

Frank A. Roth, Corporate Secretary


Denise M. Blew, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer


David L. Hammer, Assistant Treasurer

 

Members of the Board

Shari L. Aronson ’15P

Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018
Shari Aronson oversees the Aronson Family Foundation, whose primary mission is education reform with an emphasis on college and career readiness. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the board of trustees at The Jewish Museum in New York City and the Sunrise Association, and serves on the Social Policy Advisory Board at The Johns Hopkins University. She received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Delaware in 1980 and an M.B.A. from Pace University in 1985.

Lia Iacocca Assad

Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019
Lia Iacocca Assad was a founding member of Kacoon Development Inc., a residential development company in California. She serves on the boards of the Iacocca Family Foundation, and Planet Hope. Lia earned a B.A. in communications from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. She is the daughter of Lee and Mary K. Iacocca.

Nicholas P. Bigelow ’80 ’81

Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020
Nicholas P. Bigelow is the Lee A. DuBridge Professor of Physics and Optics at the University of Rochester. He is a member of the Rochester Quantum Information Center, the Rochester Center for Coherence and Quantum Optics, and the University of Rochester’s Materials Science Program. He is director of the University of Rochester Integrated Nanosystems Center. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University in 1980, a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Lehigh in 1981, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University in 1989.

Paul D. Bosco ’80

Appointed Trustee Since 2014; Current Term: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020
Paul D. Bosco is vice president at Cisco Systems, focused on strategic initiatives with leading internet, telecommunications, and media firms. He also serves on startup boards and advises firms on shifting models of innovation, talent/teams, and leadership. Paul built and led Cisco’s broadband business, now the global leader in products and technologies that connect homes and businesses to the Internet. Paul earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh in 1980. He earned a master’s degree and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1982 and 1983 and a master’s degree from Yale University in 1984. He was awarded an IBM Doctoral Fellowship and attended MIT from 1993-1995, contributing to a major NSF/ARPA/HHS award for research on internet delivered health, media, and information services.

Gary K. Chan ’80 ’17P

Alumni Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020
Gary K. Chan retired as senior vice president, finance, after a 34 year career at Kraft Foods and Mondelez International. Gary served in several top leadership positions at Kraft in finance and strategy in the Global Supply Chain, International and North America businesses. Gary served as the president of the Lehigh University Alumni Association (LUAA) Board of Directors. Gary also served on the Board of Directors of the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Gary earned a bachelor’s of science degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University in 1980 and an M.B.A. degree in finance from the University of Houston in 1985.

Maria L. Chrin ’87 ’10P

Corporate Trustee, Trustee Since 2004
Current Term: July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018

Maria is the founder and managing partner of Circle Wealth Management, LLC, an independent investment management and wealth advisory firm based in NYC. Prior to launching CWM, she spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs, where she built a premier practice within the Private Wealth Management Division. She is a member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School, a trustee of the Kent Place School and a director of Women Moving Millions. She received a B.S. in Economics from Lehigh University in 1987 and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 1989.

Peter C. Diamond

Appointed Trustee Since 2014, Current Term: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020
Peter C. Diamond of New York is executive vice president of Programming for NBC Olympics at NBCUniversal. A 16-time Emmy Award-winner through the 2016 Summer Olympics, Peter is responsible for programming NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Games and United States Olympic Trials. He has been the U.S. network Olympic programmer every Summer Games since 1984 and every Winter Games since 2002. The 2018 PyeongChang Olympics will be his 18th – more than any broadcast network executive in television history. Peter graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1974. Peter’s father, Ted Diamond ’37 ’85H (deceased), earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Lehigh in 1937 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree by Lehigh in 1985.

John J. Franchini ’97

Alumni Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018
John Franchini is executive director and assistant general counsel of JP Morgan Chase & Co. in Philadelphia. Prior to this position, John was an attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Blockius, also located in Philadelphia. John is an Alumni Trustee of the Lehigh Alumni Association Board of Directors. He has received several Lehigh awards including the Undergraduate Merit Award in 1997 and the Alumni Award in 2007. John earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Lehigh in 1997 and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2000.

Jennifer S. Gonzalez ’08 ’09G

Alumni Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019
Jennifer S. Gonzalez is the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Hoboken, New Jersey where she advances resiliency and sustainability initiatives in priority areas including: rainfall flooding, energy, drinking water infrastructure, natural resources, waste management, and others. Before joining the City of Hoboken, Ms. Gonzalez was a principal planner with Louis Berger. Ms. Gonzalez holds a certificate from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP), LEED Green Associate, and Senior Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program. She serves on the LUAA Board of Directors, is a member of the Lehigh Alumni Club of Northern New Jersey, and has served as President of the Young Alumni Council. She earned her M.A. in Environmental Policy from Lehigh as a presidential scholar in 2009, after earning her B.A. in International Relations in 2008.

Jordan Hitch ’88 ’21P

Appointed Trustee, Trustee 2014-2015
Current Term: July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019

Jordan Hitch of Wellesley, Massachusetts, was formerly a Managing Director of Bain Capital, one of the world’s leading private, alternative asset management firms. He joined Bain Capital in 1997. Jordan graduated from Lehigh in 1988 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, and he earned an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1995. As an undergraduate, Jordan was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. He is currently an active private investor and serves on the board of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Burlington Stores, Helix Sleep, and Cradles to Crayons, a Boston based nonprofit.

Francis J. Ingrassia ’75 ’16P

Corporate Trustee, Trustee Since 2004, Current Term: July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2019
Francis J. Ingrassia is the president and chief executive officer of Clever Devices, Ltd., a transit technology company that provides sustainable technology to over 200 transit agencies throughout North America. He is a retired partner of Goldman Sachs and a board member of Friends Academy and the Long Island Association. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Lehigh in 1975.

Jane P. Jamieson ’75

Corporate Trustee, Trustee Since 2002, Current Term: July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2019
Jane P. Jamieson retired as executive vice president, marketing, at Fidelity Investments after a 28-year career at the firm. She currently serves as a trustee of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Lincoln School (Providence, R.I). She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Lehigh in 1975 and a master’s degree in communications from Boston University in 1976.

Stephen K. Klasko, M.D., M.B.A. ’74

Appointed Trustee Since 2014
Current Term: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020

Stephen Klasko is President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. He has led Jefferson to become one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the nation with recent mergers to create one of the nation’s largest delivery systems as well as a comprehensive university.

In August 2017, he was named by Modern Healthcare as one of America's "100 Most Influential" individuals in healthcare. Also that month, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital was named to US News and World Report's Honor Roll as the 16th best hospital in the U.S. Early in 2017, he was named the nation's 24th most influential physician executive by Modern Healthcare, and among 100 Great Healthcare Leaders by Becker's Hospital Review.

An advocate for bipartisan transformational change in health care, President Klasko is author of 2016’s “We Can Fix Healthcare in America: The Future Is Now,” and editor in chief of the journal Healthcare Transformation. His new book, “Bless This Mess: A Picture Story of Healthcare in America” is due for release in November, 2017.

A native of Philadelphia, President Klasko returned in 2013 to lead as a change agent for Jefferson. Since then, Jefferson has doubled its employees to 30,000, grown from three hospitals to 13 and over 2-million patient visits, and now draws revenues of $5.1 billion.

He previously served as CEO of USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine at University of South Florida.

He is married to Colleen Wyse, a fashion publishing executive and founder of Philadelphia Trunk Show, and has three children and one grandchild.

Anne R. Kline ’81

Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018
Anne R. Kline is a senior vice president and commercial banker at Revere Bank. She is on the Executive Committee of the Washington National Opera’s Board of Trustees and member of the National Committee for the Performing Arts of the Kennedy Center. She is currently serving on the Catholic Charities Prince George’s County Advisory Group, and also serves on the Board of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. She received a bachelor’s degree in social relations and Spanish from Lehigh in 1981. Post graduate education includes the Maryland Banking School, Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Professional Banking Diploma from the American Institute of Banking.

Mark V. Mactas ’74

Corporate Trustee, Trustee Since 2011
Current Term: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2022

Mark V. Mactas is retired chairman and chief executive officer of Towers Perrin (now part of Willis Towers Watson). He currently serves on the Executive Committee and board of trustees of Save the Children and on the board of directors of Accolade, which helps individuals and their families get the right care by giving them access to their own Accolade Health assistant® –a single point of contact for any health benefit or healthcare need. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Conference of Consulting Actuaries. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Lehigh in 1974.

James R. Maida ’85 ’17P ’19P

Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018
James R. Maida is the president and chief executive officer of Gaming Laboratories International, LLC, the preeminent testing laboratory worldwide for electronic gaming devices and systems in the gaming industry. In addition to serving on the Lehigh Board of Trustees, he is a member of the university’s Leadership Council and the Computer Science and Engineering Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Monmouth Medical Center Board of Trustees and a member of the Monmouth Medical Center South Campus Foundation. James earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering from Lehigh in 1985 and a juris doctorate degree with high honors in taxation from Rutgers School of Law in 1990.

Peter Morales ’82

Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018
Peter Morales is founder and chairman of Black Hawk Beverage Group, a New York-based global food and beverage trading company. Prior to founding Black Hawk, Morales held executive positions at Metz Metallurgical Corp, Johnson & Johnson, Grand Metropolitan PLC of London, and Peerless Importers of NY. Peter earned a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science and Psychology from the Lehigh University College of Arts and Sciences, and previously served as a member of the Lehigh Alumni Association Board of Directors as well as President of Zeta Psi Fraternity Alumni Association. Peter is the Founder/ President of “Vision 57,” a global education/arts foundation established in 1998 at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. Vision 57 supports primary school educational initiatives in agricultural regions worldwide.

Joseph R. Perella ’64 ’06H

Corporate Trustee, Current Term: August 1, 2014 to June 30, 2019
Joseph R. Perella is the co-founder and chairman of Perella Weinberg Partners, a corporate advisory and asset management firm. Prior to that, he was the vice chairman of Morgan Stanley until May 2005 and had been a member of the firm’s Management Committee since 1993. He also co-founded the merger advisory boutique Wasserstein Perella in 1988. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lehigh in 1964 and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1972. Joe also served in the U.S. Air Force and the New Jersey Air National Guard.

Edward Ramos ’89

Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018
Edward (Eddie) Ramos is an investment management professional with more than 25 years of experience as a portfolio manager in global and international equities. His years of experience as a portfolio manager in global and international equities include positions as chief investment officer at Cornerstone Capital Management, Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Templeton Investment Counsel. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Lehigh College of Business and Economics. Eddie earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Lehigh in 1989 and an M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is a chartered financial analyst (CFA).

Karen S. Schaufeld ’83 ’15P ’17P

Appointed Trustee Since 2013, Current Term: July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019
Karen Schaufeld is the founder and President of 100WomenStrong, a granting organization that strategically invests in nonprofits and programs that enrich the lives of Loudoun County, Virginia, residents. Karen also co-founded All Ages Read Together (AART), a school readiness program for low-income preschool-aged children. In addition, she helped found NEW Customer Services Companies, Inc., the nation’s largest administrator of consumer product warranties, now part of NEW Asurion, Inc., where she served as General Counsel. She is currently CEO and Co-Founder of Altor Locks which has created the world’s lightest, strongest bike lock. She is an advocate for the growth of renewable energy in Virginia and a more secure and stable grid through distributed energy. To spread awareness about Virginia energy policy she founded PoweredbyFacts.com and is actively involved in the passage of renewable energy bills. She currently serves on the boards of All Ages Read Together, Middleburg Film Festival, PeaceWorks Foundation and Venture Philanthropy Partners. She published her first children’s book, The Lollipop Tree, in 2014 and released her second children’s book, Larry and Bob, in 2016. Her third book, How to Eat a Peach, will be released in Spring of 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Government from Lehigh University and a J.D. from George Washington University.

Brad Eric Scheler ’74 ’05P ’08P ’09PG

Corporate Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2020
Brad Eric Scheler is a senior partner with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and chairman of the firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring practice. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh in 1974 and a J.D. from Hofstra University in 1977.

Sarat Sethi ’92

Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019
Sarat Sethi is a Managing Partner and member of the firm’s Executive Committee at Douglas C. Lane & Associates, a registered investment advisory firm. He is a chartered financial analyst, a chartered investment counselor, and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts. He is the president of Lehigh’s Martindale Society and also serves on the Children’s Hope Advisory Board. Sarat is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lehigh in 1992 and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1997.

Safiya Jafari Simmons ’03

Alumni Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018
Safiya Jafari Simmons is a public speaker; chief executive officer and chief strategist for SJS Consultants, a communications, PR, media, and crisis management firm in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland; and founder of LEAP Executive Strategies™ and the LEAP Luncheon Series™.  Safiya has held several high-level communications positions including serving as media manager for the White House United State of Women Summit; press secretary and media strategist for U.S. House of Representatives Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings; press team member for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform; communications director for the Congressional Black Caucus; and crisis strategist for a number of police departments and thought leaders. Safiya is a Young Alumni Trustee for the Lehigh Alumni Association Board of Directors.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Lehigh in 2003 and a master’s degree in writing studies from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Dennis E. Singleton '66

Corporate Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2021
Dennis E. Singleton currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Digital Realty Trust. The company develops, acquires and manages data center campuses worldwide. Previously, he was a founder and executive vice president of Spieker Properties Inc., serving as chief financial officer, chief investment officer and vice chairman. Dennis has been actively involved with Lehigh for many years in numerous capacities, including serving as a trustee from 2002 to 2014 prior to his reappointment in 2016. He graduated from Lehigh with a B.S. industrial engineering and earned an MBA from Harvard University in 1968.

Tara I. Stacom ’80

Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019
Tara I. Stacom is an Executive Vice Chairman of Cushman & Wakefield, a global commercial real estate firm headquartered in New York City, where she serves as a member of the Global Advisory Board. She serves the real estate industry as a Director of the Realty Foundation of New York and a member of the Real Estate Board of New York. She also serves as a Director on the Board of Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc. and is a board member of the Right to Dream organization. Tara received a bachelor’s degree in business and finance from Lehigh in 1980.

Karen O’Donnell VanderGoot ’99

Appointed Trustee, Trustee Since 2010
Current Term: July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019

Karen O’Donnell VanderGoot is the Acting Division Chief for the Conflict, Peacebuilding and Governance Division in the Bureau for Africa at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She previously served as a director for African affairs at the National Security Council and was a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s policy planning staff. In 2006, she received a Meritorious Honor Award for exemplary advocacy and support to USAID work in the field. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science and French from Lehigh in 1999 and a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University in 2002.

John J. Vresics Jr. ’81 ’12P

Appointed Trustee, Trustee Since 2010
Current Term: July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019

Jack is an Operating Partner at Frontenac and is a Director of one of its portfolio companies, LaTavola. Prior to that, Jack was a CEO and board member at a number of Liberty Partner portfolio companies including Technical Concepts, Component Hardware Group and Step2/Infantino. He ran several global manufacturing companies in 10 countries as Group President of Marmon that subsequently formed Colson Associates. Jack graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors and his bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Lehigh in 1981 and earned a MBA, graduating with distinction, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.

Frank E. “Ted” Walsh III ’88

Appointed Trustee Since 2014, Current Term: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020
Ted Walsh of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is founding partner of WR Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity investment partnership, and vice president of Jupiter Capital Management Partners. Jupiter and its affiliates invest in a wide variety of public and private securities on behalf of their clients. Ted earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Lehigh in 1988. As an undergraduate, he was a member of the Newman Association and Beta Theta Pi fraternity. As an alumnus, Ted is a member of the College of Business and Economics Dean’s Advisory Council and the Career Advisory Network. Ted serves as a director of Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTG) where he is a member of the audit and compensation committees and for Veritone, Inc. (NASDAQ: VERI). He is also a director and audit committee member for World Point Holdings, which operates petroleum storage facilities primarily in North America. He also serves as a trustee for St. Benedict’s Prep School in Newark, New Jersey, and is an officer of several other private foundations. Ted’s father, Frank E. Walsh Jr., graduated from Lehigh in 1963.

Andrew T. Woodward '11

Alumni Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020
Andrew T. Woodward of Boston, Massachusetts, is a Project Manager with Bond, a construction manager and contractor, focusing on energy and utility infrastructure. Andrew earned a BS in Civil Engineering with a minor in Economics from Lehigh in 2011. As an undergraduate, he was a member and president of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, co-captain of the rowing team, officer on the Interfraternity Council and played on the ice hockey team. As an alumnus, Andrew has served as President of the Young Alumni Council and as a member of the LUAA Board of Directors. Andrew is currently pursuing an M.B.A. from the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University.  

Mark R. Yeager ’81

Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018
Mark R. Yeager is the founder and owner of MRY Associates, LLC, a private equity real estate organization. He is a member of Lehigh’s Wall Street Council, Lehigh Leadership Council, and the Athletic Partnership Advisory Board. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and the Regional Business Partnership. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Lehigh in 1981 and an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1983.

TRUSTEES EMERITI

Nancy Berman ’97H

James J. Duane, III ’73 ’04P ’06P ’06PG

Douglas C. Lane ’67

Philip R. Peller ’60

Karen L. Stuckey ’75 ’10P

Ralph Albert Thomas '76 '77G '16P

Peter E. Bennett '63 '93P

Murray H. Goodman ’48 ’88H
 

Paul N. Leitner ’76

Edwin F. Scheetz, Jr. ’54

James B. Swenson ’59

R. Charles Tschampion, III ’67 ’68G

Michael J. Caruso ’67

William F. Hecht ’64, ’70G
 

Eugene Mercy, Jr. ’59 ’98H

Daniel E. Smith, Jr. ’71 ’14H

James R. Tanenbaum ’70 ’13H

Ronald J. Ulrich ’67 ’05H ’98P ’99P

HONORARY TRUSTEES

Lee A. Iacocca ’45 ’69H

Warren V. Musser ’49

Victoria Zoellner

EX OFFICIO

John D. Simon, President