Board of Trustees

Officers of the Board

 

Kevin L. Clayton '84 '13P*

Kevin L. Clayton ’84 ’13P

Chairman of the Board
Trustee: 1993-1999, 2005-2010
Corporate Trustee, Current Term: 2015-2022
Interim President, 2014-2015

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 a partner with Energy Capital Partners, a private equity and credit firm focused on investing in North America’s energy infrastructure. Clayton leads the firm’s global fundraising and investor relations activities. He also 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.

Maria Chrin

Maria L. Chrin ’87 ’10P

Vice Chair of the Board
Corporate Trustee, Trustee Since 2004
Current Term: July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2023

Maria is the founder and managing partner of Circle Wealth Management, LLC, a women-owned, 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. She received a B.S. in Economics from Lehigh University in 1987 and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 1989.

Philip B. Sheibley ’81 '19P*

Philip B. Sheibley ’81 ’19P

Vice Chair of the Board
Corporate Trustee, Trustee Since 2011
Current Term: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2022

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

David L. Hammer, Treasurer

Members of the Board

Lia Iacocca Assad


Appointed Trustee Since 2016, Current Term: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022

Lia Iacocca Assad

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.

Craig Benson ’85


Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021

Craig Benson

Craig Benson ’85, of Charlottesville, Va., is the Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Virginia, as well as the Hamilton Endowed Chair in Engineering. Benson has a Bachelor of Science degree from Lehigh University and a Master of Science in Engineering and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the University of Virginia, Craig was appointed as a Distinguished Professor, Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Chair of Geological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was also Director of Sustainability Research and Education for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, leading one of the three cross-campus strategic initiatives. He serves on the Environmental Engineering Committee of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board and ExxonMobil’s Sustainability Advisory Committee. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and currently serves on the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean’s Advisory Council.

Jeffrey Bosland ’88 ’22P


Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021

Jeffrey Bosland

Jeffrey Bosland ’88 ’22P, of Basking Ridge, N.J., is a senior managing director of Cerberus Capital’s Operations and Advisory Company, where he is responsible for advising and driving improvement in portfolio companies in the financial institutions group. Prior to Cerberus, Jeff worked for JPMorgan Chase for 12 years, where he was a managing director and member of Corporate & Investment Bank management committee. He served as global head of client treasury services, head of U.S. public finance, U.S. agencies debt, and Americas sales and marketing. Earlier in his 30-year business career in banking and fixed income sales and trading, Bosland managed U.S. interest rate swaps derivatives trading at Bankers Trust Co. and Deutsche Bank, where he also led the U.S. agencies debt trading business. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Lehigh University in 1988.

Robert Buckheit III ’09


Alumni Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021

Robert Buckheit

Robert Buckheit III ’09, of Columbia, Md., is the Director of Business Development for ImQuest BioSciences, Inc., a preclinical contract research organization that specializes in infectious disease product development services. In 2009, he graduated with honors, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Lehigh University. In 2013, he obtained a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Medicine from the Johns Hopkins University. Buckheit has served Lehigh as the President of the Regional Alumni club of Baltimore, is the Class of 2009 Correspondent and Reunion Co-Chair, serves as an Alumni Admissions Outreach Volunteer, he is a member of the Lehigh University Board of Directors, and previously served as a member of the Young Alumni Council Executive Council. As an undergraduate, he was President of the Interfraternity Council, President of the Sigma Chi fraternity, an Orientation Coordinator and Orientation Leader, a Presidents Scholar, member of the Alpha Theta History Honors Society, and recipient of the Bosey Reiter Leadership Cup.

Pat Fischer ’97 ’98G


Alumni Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021

Pat Fischer

Pat Fischer ’97 ’98G, of Basking Ridge, N.J., is Senior Director of Enterprise Architecture at Salesforce. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh in 1997 and then earned a Master of Science degree in economics in 1998 as part of the President’s Scholar Program. While at Lehigh, Fischer was an Iacocca Scholar and involved in the engineering co-op program, working for Unilever. Since graduation, he has remained involved in the Alumni Association, most recently serving as president. He received the Alumni Award in 2017.

Vincent A. Forlenza Jr. ’75


Corporate Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025

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Vince Forlenza, of Franklin Lakes, NJ, is executive chairman of the Board of directors at Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD), a global medical technology company, a position he holds since January 2020 after retiring as its chief executive officer and chairman. Forlenza serves on Moody’s Corporation Board of Directors, is chairman of The Valley Health Systems Board of Trustees, and previously served as chairman of The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He is a past member of the Dean’s advisory council for the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Forlenza has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Joseph J. Helble ’82


Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023

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Appointed trustee Joseph J. Helble ’82 is the provost of Dartmouth College, serving as the Chief Academic and Budget Officer for the university, and a Professor of Engineering. Prior to becoming Dartmouth's provost in 2018, he served for 13 years as the dean of Thayer School of Engineering. He is a co-recipient of the National Academy of Engineering's 2014 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education for the design and implementation of Dartmouth's Engineering Entrepreneurship Program (which includes the PhD Innovation Program), and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Prior to joining Dartmouth, Helble served as Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of Connecticut, as the AAAS Roger Revelle Fellow, spending a year in the office of U.S. Senator J. Lieberman focusing on environmental and technology policy, and as a research scientist in the private sector at Physical Sciences Inc. Helble has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh and a doctorate in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jordan Hitch ’88 ’20P ’21P


Corporate Trustee, Trustee 2014-2015
Current Term: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024

Jordan Hitch ’88

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, and Helix Sleep.

Anne R. Kline ’81


Appointed Trustee Since 2012, Current Term: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2021

Anne Kline

Anne R. Kline is a Senior Vice President and Commercial Banker at Revere Bank. She is the Opera Ambassador of the Washington National Opera and serves on the Executive Committee of the Washington National Opera’s Board of Trustees. Anne is also a 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. Anne is a Committee Member of ZAC Friends at Zoellner Arts Center and a Founding Member of the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child Program in Bethlehem. 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.

Mary T. Kush '88


Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023

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Mary Kush, of Mantoloking, NJ, is a principal in Douglass Winthrop Advisors, LLC. Previously, she was the chief operating officer, chief financial officer and senior equity analyst at Eagle Capital Management LLC, where she oversaw day to day operations and was responsible for equity research and idea generation for the firm’s portfolio. Kush was an early partner at Eagle, helping grow the firm from $300 million in assets under management to almost $30 billion when she retired in 2018. Kush is on the Board of the Park Avenue Armory, where she serves on their Audit and Finance Committee. She is a member of the Lehigh University Investment Subcommittee and a member of the Cornelia Connelly Finance Committee. Kush has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Lehigh and a Master of Business Administration in finance and Master of Science degree in taxation from Fordham University.

Mark V. Mactas ’74


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

Mark V. Mactas ’74*

Mark V. Mactas is retired chairman and chief executive officer of Towers Perrin (now part of Willis Towers Watson). Since he retired, he has served on numerous boards, including Accolade, Envision Healthcare and Save the Children. 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


Corporate Trustee, Trustee Since 2015, Current Term: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024

James R. Maida ’85 ’17P ’19P

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.

Lauren M. Manduke ’05


Alumni Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023

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Lauren Manduke, of Far Hills, NJ, is a commercial litigator at Cole Schotz P.C., a mid-size law firm based out of Hackensack, New Jersey. She is also a member of the District IIB Bergen County Fee Arbitration Committee and active in a host of important industry organizations including the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Bergen County Bar Association, and Co-Chair of the Civil Practice section of the Bergen County Bar Association. Manduke served Lehigh as a Young Alumni Council member and committee chair and remains active with the varsity crew team. She joined the Lehigh University Alumni Association as a Board member in 2015 and served as its senior vice president before becoming the president in 2019. Manduke has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Lehigh and a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law.
 

Deidre Martin ’06


Alumni Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022

Deidre Martin

B.S. Business and Economics, J.D., Drexel University School of Law, 2013
Owner of Law Office of Deidre Martin, Esq. LLC. Prior to opening her own firm, Deidre worked as a Co-Op for Schnader, Harrison, Segal and Lewis, and was an intern for the Honorable Carolyn Engel Temin, in Philadelphia. Since her graduation, she’s been involved with the Lehigh Lawyers Association (President since 2018 and former Director and Chairperson for the Fall Events Committee, and former member of the Fall Events Committee). She was a member of the Lehigh Young Alumni Council, and the Lehigh Club of Philadelphia.

Peter Morales ’82


Appointed Trustee Since 2015, Current Term: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2021

Peter Morales ’82

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.

Kendall B. O'Brien '84


Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023

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Kendall O’Brien, of Cranford, NJ, is vice president, finance, and chief financial officer for the Office of the Chief Scientific Officer at Johnson & Johnson. Over her 30-year tenure at Johnson & Johnson, O’Brien has held several senior positions across the enterprise sector finance groups, Medical Devices & Diagnostics, Pharmaceuticals and Consumer, as well as roles in Health and Wellness and Corporate. Previously, O’Brien was Vice President, Group Finance, Medical Devices & Diagnostics and Group Operating Committee member. She has championed the Financial Leadership Development Program and the Finance African American Council. She recently led the Women’s Leadership Initiative, the largest and oldest employee resource group at Johnson & Johnson and currently sits on the North American Diversity and Inclusion council. She serves on the Task Force for Talent Innovation and the Conference Board Leadership Council for Advancing Women. O’Brien is currently a member of the College of Business Dean’s advisory council. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in both accounting and finance from Lehigh.

Edward Ramos ’89


Appointed Trustee Since 2015, Current Term: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2021

Eddie Ramos

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. 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).

Michele Scaringella ’90


Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022

Michele Scaringella

Michele Scaringella is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CBS Television Stations, based in New York City. As CFO, Michele has financial and strategic oversight for the twenty-eight local television stations owned and operated by CBS Corporation. Prior to assuming this position in 2010, she was Senior Vice President Internal Audit, for CBS Corporation. Prior to CBS separating from Viacom in 2006, she worked for Viacom as the vice president in charge of Financial Reporting and Analysis. Michele earned a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from Lehigh in 1990. She also served as a member of the Lehigh Accounting Program Advisory Board for many years.

Sarat Sethi ’92


Corporate Trustee, Trustee Since 2004, Current Term: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024

Sarat Sethi ’92

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.

Jill Triani ’94


Alumni Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022
Jill Triani ‘94

Past President of the Springfield Elementary PTA and an adult volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, Troop 258. She is the Team Manager for two PA Rush soccer teams and has managed and coached other youth teams. She has lead successful fundraisers, along with her daughter, Emma, for the Save-A-Limb Fund at the Rubin Institute of Advanced Orthopedics. Jill worked in high-end residential architecture for 6 years before leaving the field to start a family. Her last role was as project manager and consultant for Mark Johnson and Association in Michigan. Jill currently serves as the President of the LUAA Board. She served one term as SVP and one term as director at large on the board. Jill served as the Michigan Alumni Club president, a member of the Lehigh Leadership Council, the Reunion Chair Class of 1994, and the Class of 1994 flag bearer at the first-year student rally. She received the Alumni Award at her 20th reunion in 2014. As a student, Jill was a member of the Lehigh University Wind Ensemble, the American Institute of Architecture Students, and was the President of the Residence Hall Association.

Richard Verma ’90


Corporate Trustee, Trustee Since 2018, Current Term: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024

Richard Verma

Richard Verma ’90, of Bethesda, Md., is Vice Chairman and Partner at The Asia Group, where he is leading the firm’s growth in South Asia. He previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to India from 2014 to 2017, where he is credited for the historic deepening of bilateral ties. A leading expert on trade and diplomacy in Asia, Ambassador Verma was previously the Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, where he led the State Department’s efforts on Capitol Hill. He worked as Senior National Security Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader and also spent time in the House of Representatives. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he served on active duty as a Judge Advocate. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal. He holds degrees from the Georgetown University Law Center (LLM), American University’s Washington College of Law (JD), and Lehigh University (BS).

Frank E. “Ted” Walsh III ’88


Appointed Trustee Since 2014, Current Term: July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023

Frank E. “Ted” Walsh III ’88

Ted Walsh of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is founding partner of WR Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity investment partnership and a Vice President of Jupiter Capital, a New Jersey based family office. 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 was a member of the College of Business and Economics Dean’s Advisory Council and the Career Advisory Network. Ted has served as a director for Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTG), Veritone, Inc. (NASDAQ: VERI) and First Constitution Bank Corp. (NASDAQ: FCCY). He is currently a director for World Point Holdings and True Green Capital. World Point owns and operates approximately 15 million barrels of petroleum storage facilities throughout North America. True Green has developed and owns approximately 350 MW of commercial solar projects throughout the US. Ted also serves as a trustee for St. Benedict’s Prep School in Newark, New Jersey, and the Chick Evans Scholars Foundation, in addition to several other private foundations. Ted’s father, Frank E. Walsh Jr., graduated from Lehigh in 1963.

Amy Weaver ’22P


Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022

Amy Weaver

B.A. Wellesley College, J.D. Harvard Law School
President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary, Salesforce. Amy Weaver leads the legal, ethics & integrity, compliance, internal audit, security, and government affairs teams at Salesforce. She is a member of the company’s executive committee. Prior to joining Salesforce, Amy was executive vice president and general counsel of Univar Inc. Previously, Amy served as senior vice president and deputy general counsel at Expedia, Inc. She also practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore (Hong Kong) and at Perkins Coie LLP (Seattle). Prior to entering private practice, she was a Luce Scholar serving as a legislative aide to a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council and was a clerk on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mark R. Yeager ’81


Corporate Trustee, Trustee Since 2012, Current Term: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024

Mark R. Yeager ’81

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

Peter E. Bennett  ’63  ’93P

Michael J. Caruso ’67

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

Murray H. Goodman ’48 ’88H

William F. Hecht ’64 ’70G

Douglas C. Lane ’67

Paul N. Leitner ’76

Eugene Mercy, Jr. ’59 ’98H

Philip R. Peller ’60

Edwin F. Scheetz, Jr. ’54

Dennis E. Singleton ’66

Daniel E. Smith, Jr. ’71 ’14H

Karen L. Stuckey ’75 ’10P

James B. Swenson ’59

James R. Tanenbaum ’70 ’13H

Ralph Albert Thomas ’76  ’77G  ’16P

R. Charles Tschampion, III ’67 ’68G

Ronald J. Ulrich ’67 ’05H ’98P ’99P

Honorary Trustees

Lee A. Iacocca ’45 ’69H*

Warren V. Musser ’49*

Robert E. Zoellner '54*

Victoria Zoellner

*Deceased

Ex Officio

John D. Simon, President ’19P