Board of Trustees

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, 2010- 2025
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.

 

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

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.

Craig Benson '85

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

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 formerly a vice president, general manager, and site executive at Cisco Systems. He is currently a Fellow at Harvard University focused on emerging technologies & innovation models, internet & computation futures, entrepreneurship & leadership development, the future of work & education for a digital economy, and inclusive solutions to societal challenges. He also advises new ventures and established firms on strategy, innovation, talent, 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. At Cisco he also led transformational initiatives with global internet, media, and telecommunications leaders. Previously at IBM, he led high performance computing and communications R&D teams that developed Internet advances deployed across early national/global Internet initiatives. Paul earned a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh, a master’s degree and MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a master’s degree from Yale University. He was awarded an IBM Doctoral Fellowship to attend MIT where his research focused on technology and policy issues for a digital and connected future, including Internet delivered health, education, and news services.

Jeffrey Bosland '88 '22P

Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021
Jeffrey Bosland ’88 ’22P, of Basking Ridge, N.J., is the 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 services industry. Prior to Cerberus, Jeff worked for JPMorgan Chase for 12 years, where he was a Managing Director and member of JPMorgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank’s Management Committee. He most recently served as Global Head of Client Treasury Services, and was previously head of U.S. Public Finance, U.S. Agencies Debt, and also head of Americas Sales and Marketing. Earlier in his 29-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. He currently serves on Lehigh’s College of Business and Economics Dean’s Advisory Council.

Robert Buckheit III '09

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

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, 2023

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 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 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be his 19th – 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.

Pat Fischer '97 '98G

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

Jennifer S. Gonzalez ’08 ’09G

Alumni Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019
Jennifer S. Gonzalez is the Director of Environmental Services and Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Hoboken, New Jersey where she advances resiliency and sustainability initiatives in priority areas including: rainfall flood mitigation, energy, drinking water infrastructure, natural resources, waste management, and others. 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 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.

Terrence Hahn '88

Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021
Terrence Hahn is a transformative and innovative executive who has more than 30 years of experience leading global, growing and profitable businesses in several different industries, including specialty materials, automotive, energy, and software/IoT. Mr. Hahn has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the Americas. He has a proven track record of inspiring employees and building organizations that perform for customers every day and drive long-term value for shareholders.

Prior to his role as Chief Executive Officer of Axalta, Mr. Hahn was President and CEO of Honeywell’s Home and Building Technologies (HBT) business. At HBT, he led the development of a $10B+ start-up business, achieved double-digit income growth, defined portfolio actions for the impending public spin of the Homes and Distribution segment, and integrated multiple acquisitions with common software platforms. Under his leadership, HBT is a growing software leader and positioned as a pioneer in IoT worldwide in its segment.

Prior to HBT, Mr. Hahn served as President and CEO of Honeywell Transportation Systems (TS). There he delivered record new program wins and created a new software business to help improve vehicle performance and efficiency. His customer-focused approach delivered dramatic improvements in financial and operational performance, and the business was named a finalist twice for the prestigious Automotive News PACE Award for innovation.

Mr. Hahn also served as Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell Fluorine Products, transforming end markets and profitability by developing three new-to-the-world molecules that formed the Solstice® platform of non-ozone-depleting materials with low global warming potential. This helped drive double-digit growth from satisfied customers around the world.

Prior to joining Honeywell, Mr. Hahn spent nearly 20 years with Air Products and Chemicals in a variety of leadership positions. There he led teams to develop new materials and value-add services for customers, which resulted in more than $1 billion in new annual sales and higher margins.

Mr. Hahn earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in materials science and engineering from Lehigh University, and an MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. A Pennsylvania native, Mr. Hahn has lived in countries all over the world with his wife and three daughters.

Jordan Hitch '88 '20P '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, and Helix Sleep.

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

President, Thomas Jefferson University; CEO, Jefferson Health

Dr. Stephen Klasko is a transformative leader and advocate for a revolution in our systems of health care and higher education. His 2018 book is titled, “Bless This Mess: A Picture Story of Healthcare in America,” and is an account of how the USA was elected to the Intergalactic Council of Cool Health Systems.

As President and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health since 2013, he has steered one of the nation’s fastest growing academic health institutions based on his vision of re-imagining health care and higher education. His 2017 merger of Thomas Jefferson University with Philadelphia University created a pre-eminent professional university that includes top-20 programs in fashion, design and health professions, coupled with the first design-thinking curriculum in a medical school and the nation’s leading research on empathy.

His track record of success at creating and implementing programs that are shaping the future on health care earned him: #2 on Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential Individuals 2018; #21 among Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2018; Ernst & Young’s Greater Philadelphia Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018; and Becker’s Hospital Review’s 100 Great Leaders in Healthcare. In 2018, Jefferson was invited to join the World Economic Forum.

Anne R. Kline ’81

Appointed Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2021
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 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 has previously served on numerous corporate, not-for-profit and professional boards. 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, 2021
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, 2021
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 a founding partner and Chairman of Perella Weinberg Partners. The Firm was launched in June 2006, focusing on mergers, acquisitions, restructuring and asset management, and Joe served as CEO from its formation to June 2014. Today it has offices in New York, Houston, London, Abu Dhabi, Austin, Calgary, Denver, Dubai, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Joe was Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley until May, 2005, and had been a member of the Firm’s Management Committee since 1993. Prior to being named Vice Chairman, he was Chairman of Institutional Securities and Investment Banking. Previously, he was Worldwide Head of Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division.

After graduating from Lehigh University in 1964, Joe spent six years in New York with Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte Touche) as a C.P.A. and served with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He also served for six years in the Reserve of the U.S. Air Force and in the Air National Guard of New Jersey.

In 1972, Joe earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and joined First Boston. The following year he founded First Boston’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group, which he managed until 1986. From 1986 through 1988 he was Co-Head of Investment Banking at First Boston; he served on that firm’s management committee for nine years. In 1988 he co-founded Wasserstein Perella & Co., Inc. and was Chairman of the Board until September 1993. Joe’s investment banking career of 45 years includes strategic assignments in virtually every industry and region of the world.

Joe is a Director of the American Italian Cancer Foundation, The Atlantic Salmon Federation, Boys & Girls Harbor, Inc., Foundation for Italian Art and Culture, Italy and the Holocaust Foundation and the Japan Society where he serves as its Chairman. He is a Trustee of Lehigh University and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and a member of the Director’s Advisory Board for Yale Cancer Center. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a former member of the Business Roundtable.

Edward Ramos ’89

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

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, 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 fall 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.

Dennis E. Singleton '66

Corporate Trustee, Current Term: July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2021
Active Trustee 1998-2013, Emeritus Trustee 2013-2016
Dennis E. Singleton is past Chairman and current Board member 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 Division Chief for the Conflict, Peacebuilding and Governance Division in the Bureau for Africa at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Karen’s team works to promote state-of-the-art USAID programming in sub-Saharan Africa that addresses critical peace, security, democracy, human rights, and governance challenges. 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. 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.

Richard Verma '90

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

John J. Vresics Jr. ’81 ’12P

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

Jack is the CEO of SmartWave Technologies, Inc. a new investment in Toronto and Chicago with NorthLane Capital Partners. He is also a Director of a Frontenac portfolio company, LaTavola, located in Napa, CA. 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 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 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 Woodward ‘11 of Boston, Massachusetts, is a Project Manager for Bond Brothers, Inc., a construction manager and contractor, where he is focused on energy and utility infrastructure. In 2011, Andrew earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a minor in Economics from Lehigh. As an undergraduate, he was 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 serves as member of the Lehigh University Alumni Association Board of Directors and previously served as President of the Young Alumni Council. 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, 2021
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