Jan Rock Zubrow (A.B. ’77; MBA ’81, Harvard) is a leader of nonprofit organizations active in education and international development. She serves as chair of the board of Women for Women International, an organization that provides vocational and life skills to women in war-torn countries. In addition, Ms. Zubrow is on the board of New Leaders for New Schools, an organization that trains educators to be transformational school leaders who can help bridge the achievement gap in the nation’s inner city schools. Prior to her nonprofit work, Ms. Zubrow had a career in health care venture capital and consumer marketing. From 1998-2010, Ms. Zubrow was president of MedCapital, LLC, a venture capital firm that she founded which invested in early stage health care companies. Before founding MedCapital, she managed significant consumer franchises at Johnson & Johnson, Tambrands and the Procter & Gamble Co.
Ms. Zubrow is a member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees and serves as chairman of the board’s Executive Committee. Previously, Ms. Zubrow chaired the Presidential Search Committee for Cornell’s 13th president, Elizabeth Garrett. She served as co-chair of the board’s Task Force for Cornell NYC Tech, and as a co-chair of Cornell’s $6 billion “Cornell Now” capital campaign. Over her 18-year tenure, she has served on numerous standing committees, subcommittees and task forces. Currently, she is a member of the Committee on Board Composition and Governance, Finance, Development, and Academic Affairs committees. Ms. Zubrow was a founding member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women (PCCW) and served as chair of PCCW from 1997-99.
Ms. Zubrow is married to Barry L. Zubrow, a former senior executive at JP Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs. They have two grown children and reside in Far Hills, New Jersey.Back to Top
Robert S. Harrison (A.B. ’76; B.A./M.A. ’78, Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar); J.D. ’81, Yale Law School) is chief executive officer of the Clinton Global Initiative. He is a retired partner and managing director at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he served as co-head of the Global Communications, Media and Entertainment Group in the Investment Banking Division. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he was a lawyer at the firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he practiced in New York City and Paris.
Mr. Harrison became the chairman of the Cornell University Board of Trustees on January 1, 2012. He has been a member of the board since 2002, having been elected initially by the alumni body and subsequently by the board. He previously served a term on the board as a student trustee (1975-76). Mr. Harrison is the former chairman of the board’s Executive Committee (2009-11), having served as a member since 2005. He previously served as vice chairman of the board from 2006-09.
Additional committee assignments through his board of trustees tenure include service as the chairman of the Student Life Committee from 2005-09, Board Membership (2006-present), Audit (2009-present), Alumni Affairs and Development (2002-10), Finance (2002-present), Buildings and Properties (2003-present), and Development (2003-10). Mr. Harrison served on the Alumni Affairs Steering Committee (2003-04), the Trustee Task Force on Residential Communities (chair 2004-05), and the Committee on Academic Affairs and Campus Life (2004-05). He also served on the Presidential Search Committee that selected Cornell’s 12th president. Mr. Harrison also served as the chair of the Weill Cornell Medical Research Building Task Force from 2009-10 and as a member of the Trustee Task Force on Board Governance (2010-11).
Mr. Harrison became a Foremost Benefactor to Cornell University in 2002. He served as co-chairman of the President’s Circle Committee, is a member of the Major Gifts Committee, and the Campaign Cabinet. Mr. Harrison’s service also includes membership on the Cornell University Council since 1998 and its Administrative Board from 2000-02. He was vice chairman of his 30th Reunion Major Gifts Committee and former co-chairman of his 25th Reunion Major Gifts Committee. He served as a member of the 15th and 20th Reunion Major Gifts Committees and is a former director of Sigma Phi fraternity. Beyond Cornell, Mr. Harrison is a director of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars and honorary chairman of the board of directors of Henry Street Settlement, a New York City social services organization founded in 1893.
Mr. Harrison and his wife, Jane, reside in New York City with their three daughters: Justine ’17, Amanda and Caroline.Back to Top
Yamini Bhandari (ILR ’17) began her two-year term on the Cornell University Board of Trustees on July 1, 2015. She serves as a member of the Committee on Student Life, Committee on Academic Affairs, and the Trustee-Community Communications Committee. Ms. Bhandari was born in India, moved to the United States when she was 2 and grew up in Princeton, New Jersey.
Ms. Bhandari is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in industrial and labor relations with minors in law and society and in business. On campus, Ms. Bhandari served on the Student Assembly for two terms, as a freshman-at-large representative and as the women’s representative. Additionally, Ms. Bhandari was elected to the Assembly’s Executive Board, and served as vice president for outreach. Ms. Bhandari has also served on the Panhellenic Council as a delegate for her sorority and on the President’s Council on Sexual Violence Prevention. She is also member of Kappa Alpha Pi, one of Cornell’s pre-law fraternities, and works as a peer adviser in Cornell’s Career Services office.
In past summers, Ms. Bhandari has interned at law firms, her congressman’s office, and local newspaper. Outside of campus, Ms. Bhandari also serves as a youth ambassador for the Parliament of World Religions. In her spare time, Ms. Bhandari enjoys playing the harp, shooting archery, and relaxing with family and friends.Back to Top
Jessica M. Bibliowicz (A.B. ’81) is senior adviser at Bridge Growth Partner, LLC. Bridge Growth is a uniquely structured growth-oriented private equity firm that focuses on investments in the technology and financial services sectors.
She is the former chairman of National Financial Partners (NFP), which was ranked eighth on Business Insurance’s 100 Largest Brokers of U.S. Business and ninth largest global broker by AM Best during her tenure. NFP and its benefits, insurance and wealth management businesses provide diversified advisory and brokerage services to companies and high net worth individuals, partnering with them to preserve their assets and prosper over the long term. NFP advisers provide innovative and comprehensive solutions, backed by NFP’s national scale and resources.
Ms. Bibliowicz became president and CEO of NFP in 1999 when the company was funded by Apollo Global Management LLC. She became chairman of the board in June of 2003 and took the company public in September of 2003. She stepped down as president in March of 2012 and will step down as CEO in May of 2013.
Prior to joining NFP, Ms. Bibliowicz served as president and chief operating officer of John A. Levin & Co., a registered investment adviser. Ms. Bibliowicz’s career in the financial services industry began in 1981. She spent eight years in the Asset Management Division of Shearson Lehman Brothers and joined Salomon Brothers after they purchased Lehman Management’s Private Client Group. In 1992, she became director of sales and marketing for Prudential Mutual Funds and in 1994 became head of Smith Barney Mutual Funds.
In 2003, Ms. Bibliowicz was honored as the “Innovator of the Year” by American Banker. She has been a guest on CNBC, CNN and Fox Business News, and has been featured in national publications such as Private Wealth, BusinessWeek, Crain’s New York Business, Financial Planning, Investment Advisor, InvestmentNews and The New York Times.
Ms. Bibliowicz is a member of the board of directors for the Asia Pacific Fund and previously served as a director for Eaton Vance Mutual Funds.
At Cornell, Ms. Bibliowicz began her four-year term on the Cornell University Board of Trustees on July 1, 2009. She previously served as a member of the board of trustees for four years as a trustee fellow from 1997-2001. On the board, she serves as a member of the Academic Affairs, Student Life, and Development Committees, as well as the NYC Tech Campus Task Force. Ms. Bibliowicz currently serves as chairman of the Weill Cornell Medical College Board of Overseers.
Ms. Bibliowicz and her husband, Natan Bibliowicz, B.Arch. ’81, reside in New York. They have two sons, David ’12 and Tommy.Back to Top
Dara Brown (B.A. ’13, J.D. Candidate ’18) was recently elected to serve as the next Graduate and Professional Student Trustee, starting July 1, 2016. She will serve on the Presidential Search Committee that is responsible for electing Cornell’s 14th president. She will also serve on the board’s Committee on Academic Affairs, Committee on Student Life, and the Trustee Community Communications Committee.
During her time as an undergraduate at Cornell, she was heavily involved in community service and women's issues initiatives. Some of her past campus involvements include: co-chair of the Alternative Breaks Program, the Public Service Center's largest student run program; the Arts and Sciences representative on the Student Assembly where she fought for a more inclusive campus culture, revised student/faculty mentorship programming, and a more accessible campus; and the Women’s Issues Committee chair where she encouraged bystander intervention programming, participated in Title IX reform efforts, and promoted what is now the BLUE program — Cornell's late-night shuttle system. She was also a member of Delta Gamma sorority and Kappa Alpha Pi pre-law fraternity.
During her time between undergraduate studies at Cornell and Cornell Law she worked in Washington, D.C. as a legal assistant at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and as the co-director of D.C. Stop Modern Slavery’s annual fundraiser event.
She has served as an active board member of the Public Interest Law Union and Women’s Law Coalition, and as a member of the Black Law Students Association.
Ms. Brown is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina and presently resides in Ithaca, NY.Back to Top
Chad Coates is an assistant dean of admissions and academic advising in the College of Arts and Sciences. In this role he chairs admissions committees for undergraduate international applicants from the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and New York; and serves as academic advisor to a cohort of first- and second-year students. Within the college, Chad directs the Pre-freshman Summer Program, and is co-director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, a Pre-PhD program funded through the Andrew Mellon Foundation. The Mellon Mays program provides research funding and other support to qualified students aspiring to become professors in the liberal arts. Chad is actively engaged in the execution of the annual Diversity Hosting Month initiatives of the undergraduate admissions office with a view to increase the diversity of our student body.
Outside of his functional job area, Chad is involved in campus and community life. Chad is a crisis manager, a house fellow at Carl Becker House, a voting member of the Cornell University Hearing Board, and advisor to the Jamaica Difference student organization. Chad is a member of the Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) Board of Trustees and an active participant of the Carib-Ithacans, a local network of professional and community members with Caribbean heritage living in Ithaca.
Prior to his arrival at Cornell, Chad completed a Ph.D. in higher education with a focus on comparative international higher education at Bowling Green State University. During his time at Bowling Green, he held positions in the Office of Greek Affairs where he served as Greek house director for Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and in the Office of Multicultural Affairs where he served as the coordinator for multicultural programs and retention. Chad also holds a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) and an undergraduate degree from Long Island University C.W. Post Campus, where he held leadership positions as the assistant director and later the associate director of the Learning Support Center.
Chad has represented Cornell in a number of international contexts and locations, including Brazil and South Africa through his work with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program; in Jamaica through community service project of Cornell’s Jamaica Difference, and presentations at Jamaican high schools; and in China as an invited guest lecturer at the Xi’an International Studies University, in Xi’an.
During his free time Chad enjoys watching sit-coms, going to the theatre, bike riding, and international traveling. He has a goal of “50 by 50” (visiting 50 countries by age 50), and has visited 30 countries. His most memorable destinations include Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso, Basil in Switzerland, Tallinn in Estonia, Reykjavik in Iceland, and Valletta in Malta.Back to Top
David D. Croll (’70 ENGR; MBA ’73, Harvard) is a founder and managing partner of M/C Venture Partners, a venture capital firm located in Boston that has managed 10 media and telecommunications services focused funds over the past 30 years. Mr. Croll is also a past chairman of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies.
Mr. Croll’s volunteer activities include serving as a trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, chair of its American Art Visiting Committee, vice chair of its Presidential Search Committee, and past chair of its Finance Committee. He is chairman of the board of The Trustees of Reservation, the leading land conservation and preservation organization in Massachusetts. Mr. Croll has also served as the chairman of the board of the Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts, an independent secondary school.
Mr. Croll was appointed to the Cornell University Board of Trustees in 2005. He is vice chair of the board, chair of the board’s Finance Committee, and a member of its Executive Committee, Presidential Search Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, Committee on Development, Committee on Board Composition and Governance, and the NYC Tech Task Force. He also serves as a vice chair of the Major Gifts Committee for the Capital Campaign. Mr. Croll established the Croll Cornell Tradition Fellowship and Scholarship Fund, and has established and endowed the Croll Professorship of Sustainable Energy Systems. Most recently, he made a significant commitment to the Faculty Renewal Initiative.
Mr. Croll and his wife, Victoria Bates Croll, are trustees of their family foundation, which supports education, the arts and the environment. The Crolls have two Cornell children: Jessica ’09 (A&S) and Christina ’10 (CALS). Mr. Croll enjoys collecting American paintings and federal furniture, being an amateur arborist and boating in New England waters. Mr. Croll’s father, Robert Samuel Croll, was Class of 1924 and his grandfather, Andrew G. Croll, was Class of 1895. The Croll family resides in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and Marion, Massachusetts.Back to Top
Ruben Jose King-Shaw Jr. (B.S. ILR ’83) is managing partner and chief investment officer at Mansa Capital, LLC, a health care private equity investment firm based in Boston with offices in Miami, New York and Dallas. The firm specializes in early stage growth companies in the health care services and health care information technology sectors. In that capacity, Mr. King-Shaw sits on the board of directors of many of the firm’s portfolio investments, including Independent Living Systems of Miami, where he chairs the Compliance Committee; Healthsense of Minneapolis, where he chairs the Audit Committee; and HealthPrize Technologies of South Norwalk, Connecticut, where he serves as chairman. In addition, Mr. King-Shaw sits on the board of Steward Health, a private equity sponsored Pioneer ACO based in Boston, where he serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Compliance Committee, and Liberator Medical. From July 2003 to June 2013, Mr. King-Shaw served on the board of Watertown, Massachusetts-based Athenahealth and was elected lead director in each of his last three terms spanning a six-year period. Prior board service included WellCare Health Plans of Tampa, Florida, from 2003 to 2010 and iHealth Technologies of Atlanta from 2008 until May of 2014.
Mr. King-Shaw remains active in public service. He was appointed to the Obama administration’s Medicare Program Advisory and Oversight Commission, which was charged with reforming how the Medicare program procures specific products and services using value-based strategies and establishing the foundations for much of President Obama’s health care reform programs. Mr. King-Shaw joined the Cornell University Board of Trustees in 2011. In 2005 Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney appointed him to the University of Massachusetts board of trustees, and in 2010 was reappointed for a second term by Governor Deval Patrick. Abbott Laboratories named Mr. King-Shaw to its Health Strategy and Policy Board in 2005. That same year, New York Governor George Pataki appointed Mr. King-Shaw to the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century.
Mr. King-Shaw has extensive expertise in health operations, policy, finance and economics. He served as chief operating officer and deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from 2001 through 2003. Ruben was also senior adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury, where he led the administration’s Health Coverage Tax Credit policies to finance health insurance for the uninsured. President George W. Bush named Mr. King-Shaw to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He was a major spokesperson and policy adviser for the administration on the topics of Medicare and Medicaid reform, home and community-based health care programs, long-term care, prescription drug policy, chronic care management, health care tax policy, health care disparities and commercial insurance market reform. Prior to his service in the Federal government, Mr. King-Shaw was secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), which is responsible for Florida’s Medicaid program, health quality assurance, facility licensure, survey and certification, and managed care regulation activities. The agency was also responsible for Florida’s community-based care, long-term care, home care, durable medical equipment, assisted living and acute care programs. He was appointed to head the agency by Governor Jeb Bush in 1998.
Before entering public service, Mr. King-Shaw had 20 years of experience in health care services, including positions as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Miami-based Neighborhood Health Partnership, a provider-sponsored managed care organization. He had previously been executive director of the JMH Health Plan, an integrated delivery system operated by the Public Health Trust and the University of Miami School of Medicine.
Mr. King-Shaw was awarded his Bachelor of Science degree in 1983 with Dean’s Honors from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations with an emphasis in labor economics. He earned his Master in Health Services Administration from Florida International University in 1986 and his Master of International Business at FIU’s Chapman Graduate School of Business in Miami, and the Center for International Studies in Madrid, Spain in 1987. Mr. King-Shaw completed the Corporate Governance executive education program at the Harvard Business School in 2009. Currently, he is a featured lecturer at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Public Health, where he gives an annual lecture on the intersection of health care policy, strategy and quality measurement.
Mr. King-Shaw is married to Patricia Gipson King-Shaw. They have two daughters: Alexandra Anis (Cornell ILR ’15) and Angelica Anastasia. The King-Shaws are active philanthropists, funding projects in health care, education and community development worldwide through the King-Shaw Fellows Program. The King-Shaws are dual citizens of the United States of America and the Republic of Panamá.Back to Top
Peggy J. Koenig (B.S. CALS ’78; MBA ’86, University of Pennsylvania) is co-CEO and managing partner of ABRY Partners, LLC, a top-ranked North American private equity investment firm focused solely on investing in the media, communications, information and business services industries. She has held this position since 2011. ABRY has completed over $42 billion of leveraged transactions and other private equity investments. The firm manages buy-out, growth equity and senior debt funds.
Ms. Koenig joined ABRY in 1993 as a partner when the firm organized its first $250 million buyout fund. Ms. Koenig has been responsible for numerous transactions in the broadcasting (Nexstar Broadcasting, Citadel Communications, Connoisseur Communications), cable television (Avalon Cable, Wide Open West), consumer and business publishing (Network Communications, Cygnus Business Media, F+W Publishing), local media (Hispanic Yellow Pages), health care information (Knowledge Point 360), marketing services (Inmar) and business services sectors (Language Line). She is currently a director of Language Line Holdings and Inmar Inc.
Ms. Koenig is responsible for the oversight of the firm's 61 employees, including 39 investment professionals. During her tenure she has initiated a myriad of professional development activities to enhance the firm’s employee base. She co-chairs the firm’s investment committee and is responsible for leading the firm’s fundraising efforts. During her tenure as co-CEO she has been responsible for raising nearly $5 billion of capital.
Prior to ABRY, Ms. Koenig was a vice president, partner and member of the board of directors of Sillerman Communications Management Corp., a merchant bank making investments principally in the radio industry. She participated in the formation and success of SFX Broadcasting, a radio industry consolidator. Earlier in her career, she was involved in motion picture financing (Columbia and TriStar Pictures), investment banking (Thomson McKinnon Securities), and the magazine publishing industry (Savvy and American Photographer magazines).
Ms. Koenig is a trustee-at-large member on the Cornell University Board of Trustees. She serves as vice chair of the board’s Finance Committee and as a member on the board’s Audit Committee and the Committee on Academic Affairs. Ms. Koenig is one of the initial members of the board of overseers for Cornell Tech. She served as a member of the Cornell University Council (2009-13); the Cornell University Council on Career Advising (2010-11); the Advisory Board to the Department of Communication (2009-14) and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Advisory Council (2010-13). She previously served on the President’s Council of Cornell Women (2006-10) and the Class of 1978 30th Reunion Major Gifts Committee (2007-08).
Ms. Koenig resides in Weston, Massachusetts, with her two daughters, Katherine Graves, A.B. ’14, and Hannah Graves.Back to Top
Isaac Kramnick is the Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government Emeritus at Cornell where he has taught since 1972. Prior to Cornell, Kramnick taught at Harvard, Brandeis and Yale universities. He is from rural Massachusetts and was educated at Harvard and Cambridge universities.
Professor Kramnick has taught and written principally in the area of English and American political thought and history. He has written or edited 20 books, including Bolingbroke and His Circle: The Politics of Nostalgia in the Age of Walpole, which won the Conference of British Studies Prize for best book on British politics. His books also include studies of Edmund Burke, a biography of the English socialist Harold Laski, an edition of the Federalist Papers and the recent Godless Constitution: A Moral Defense of the Secular State which he co-authored with R. Laurence Moore of Cornell’s Department of History.
He has been the recipient of a number of awards, fellowships and honors. He is a fellow of Britain’s Royal Historical Society and served in 1989 as president of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. In 1998 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. At Cornell, Kramnick has received the Clark Award for distinguished teaching, the Steven Weiss Prize for teaching, and in 1996 he was chosen through student ballots to be the Cornell Daily Sun’s “favorite professor of the year.”
Professor Kramnick was vice provost for undergraduate education at Cornell from 2001 to 2005. He served his colleagues at Cornell as chair of the Department of Government from 1981 to 1985 and again from 1996 to 2001. He was associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1986 to 1989 and faculty-elected trustee from 1990-1994.Back to Top
Bruce V. Lewenstein (Ph.D. ’87 and M.A. ’85, University of Pennsylvania; B.A. ’80, University of Chicago) is chair of the Department of Science and Technology Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of science communication in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He is a widely known authority on public communication of science and technology – how science and technology are reported to the public and how the public understands controversial scientific issues and “emerging technologies” such as biotechnology and nanotechnology. Trained as a historian of science, he often uses historical case studies in his research. He has also done extensive work evaluating “citizen science” outreach projects, in which citizens fully participate in the scientific process by gathering, entering and sometimes analyzing scientific data.
Professor Lewenstein’s work has two areas of impact: education for practitioners of public communication of science and technology, and shaping policy research on public knowledge and attitudes toward science and technology. His audiences range from local groups seeking to improve their communication, to national associations, to international settings where students and practitioners gather. Both the education and the policy work are tools of leverage that, ultimately, contribute to better public understanding of science and technology.Back to Top
Ronald D. McCray (A.B. ’79; J.D. ’83, Harvard) is a seasoned corporate director, chief executive and private investor. He recently served as chairman, interim president and chief executive officer of Career Education Corp. In that role, he led the strategic transformation of the company to industry-leading revenue growth, margin expansion and profitability.
Ron serves as chairman of the Committee on Board Composition and Governance and the audit, finance and development committees of Cornell's Board of Trustees, of which he has been a member since 2010. He also serves on the governing boards of A.H. Belo Corp., the Harvard Law School, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Jazz Artists of Charleston. A presidential appointee confirmed by the Senate, Ron serves on the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, where he oversees the $450 million Thrift Savings Plan, the world's largest such plan. He also is a member of RLJ Equity Partners, a middle market private equity firm.
Ron previously served on the board of directors of EveryWare Global, Knight Ridder, Inc. and Kimberly-Clark de Mexico, S.A. de CV. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a minority owner of the Boston Celtics NBA franchise. He also served in senior executive roles at Nike and at Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Prior to his executive roles, he practiced corporate, securities and finance law at two global law firms.
Ron graduated from Cornell University, where he earned a varsity letter and set school and meet records in track and field. As a Cornell student, Ron led student organizations, was named to dean's lists and, during his junior and senior years, to honor societies. He then attended the Harvard Law School, where he served as the editor and business manager of the Harvard Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Law Review.Back to Top
Donald C. Opatrny (A.B. A&S ’74) is a private investor. Mr. Opatrny was a partner and managing director of the Goldman Sachs Group until December 2000. His career at Goldman Sachs include senior positions held in the Investment Management Division, Fixed Income, Equity Capital Markets and Investment Banking in the U.S. and Europe. In addition, Mr. Opatrny was active on the partnership, credit, global compliance and commitment committees of Goldman Sachs. Subsequently, Mr. Opatrny served as an advisory director for The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and a member of the firm’s Private Equity Group Advisory Committee. In addition to his Cornell degree, Mr. Opatrny holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Initially elected to the Cornell Board of Trustees in 2004 and beginning his fourth term, Mr. Opatrny currently serves as chairman of the Investment Committee. He is also a member of the board’s Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and the Committee on Development. Mr. Opatrny is a member and former chairman of the College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Council and the Johnson Museum of Art Advisory Council. He also serves as a member of the Major Gifts Committee.
Mr. Opatrny is affiliated with several nonprofit organizations related to education and the arts including the Jackson Center for the Arts, the Jackson Hole Community Foundation and University School. He also actively works with other nonprofit organizations in strategy development and organizational and managerial change. Mr. Opatrny serves as trustee of the Equity-Bond Board of BlackRock Inc. and as director of Athena Capital Advisors.
Mr. Opatrny and his wife, Judith Tindal Opatrny, live in Jackson, Wyoming. They have two children, Donald C. III and Gillian Tindal (A&S ’08).Back to Top
Leland C. Pillsbury (B.S. HOTEL ’69) is the founder, co-chairman and CEO of Thayer Lodging Group, an investor and sponsor of private equity funds serving large institutional investors. Thayer ranks among the top 5 percent of institutional real estate investment firms based on total returns since formation in 1989. Mr. Pillsbury is also the sponsor and senior advisor of Thayer Ventures, an early venture capital firm focused on the hospitality and travel industry. Thayer Ventures currently has approximately 24 companies in its portfolio. Mr. Pillsbury serves on the boards of several privately held companies.
Prior to launching Thayer, he spent 19 years at Marriott, where he became an executive vice president and corporate officer. While with Marriott, he revamped Marriott’s pricing strategies, created the industry’s first revenue and yield management, introduced the industry’s first frequent traveler program, and led the company’s entry into time sharing, Fairfield Inns and Residence Inns.
Mr. Pillsbury is a graduate of the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, from which he received an MBA in 1982. The Kellogg School recognized him with the 2009 Schaffner Award, recognizing professional achievement and contribution to the School. He recently received the Pioneer Award from the International Society of Hospitality Consultants, recognizing his dynamic contributions in the hospitality industry. He is a member of the New York Yacht Club, the Annapolis Yacht Club, the National Business Aircraft Owners Association, and numerous industry associations and organizations. He is a guest lecturer in colleges and universities in the U.S. as well as Singapore and China.
His Cornell involvements include membership on the Cornell Council, the Hotel School Dean’s Advisory Board, membership on the Real Estate Council, Cornell Fund representative, the Real Estate Subcommittee of the Investment Committee, board member of Cornell Rowing, and with his wife endowed the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at the School of Hotel Administration. Pillsbury served as a Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of 1956 Visiting Scholar from 2011 through 2013. He has been active in major fund raising for several years. He and his wife, Mary, were also named Cornell Foremost Benefactors.
Elected for his first term to the Cornell University Board of Trustees in 2010, Mr. Pillsbury has served on the board’s Investment, Buildings and Properties, Development, and Finance committees. He also chairs the Trustee Task Force on Revenue Enhancement.
He is married to Mary M. Pillsbury and has had six nieces and nephews who attended Cornell: William Wiseheart, B.S. A&S ’09; James Andrew Milne, B.S. Hotel ’08; Malcolm Wiseheart III, MMH Hotel ’11, Carolyn Nieberding, Hotel ’13, Chris Nieberding, Hotel ’13; and Michele Nieberding, Hotel ’13. Mr. and Mrs. Pillsbury are active sailors and aviators. They reside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Back to Top
Andrew H. Tisch (B.S. HOTEL ’71; MBA ’77, Harvard) is co-chairman of the board of directors, chairman of the Executive Committee and member of the Office of the President of Loews Corp. He is also a director of CNA Financial, Diamond Offshore Drilling and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, as well as K12 Inc. Along with brother James and cousin Jonathan, Mr. Tisch runs Loews Corp., a broadly diversified company whose subsidiary interests include hotels, insurance, securities, gas transmission and offshore drilling services.
Mr. Tisch is active in many public service organizations, including membership on the boards and/or executive committees of the Museum of the Moving Image, the New York City Police Foundation and the Wildlife Conservation Society. He has also been a member of the visiting committee of Harvard Business School and HBS’s Initiative for Social Enterprise board. He is the former chairman of the Economic Club of New York board, member of the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations. Other activities include the Jewish Communal Fund (former president), United Jewish Appeal (former vice chairman), United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies (former campaign chairman); and chairman of the Jewish Business Leaders Forum.
In addition to these commitments, Mr. Tisch serves as a member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees and vice chairman of the board since 2010. He has been a member of its Executive, Finance, Government Relations, Buildings and Properties, Audit, Student Life, and Alumni Affairs committees. Mr. Tisch also served as chairman of the board’s Committee on Board Membership. In addition to his service on many of the committees noted, Mr. Tisch is co-chair of the university’s Capital Campaign and co-chair of the Committee on Development. His other Cornell service includes membership on the Major Gifts Committee and as a member of the School of Hotel Administration Dean’s Advisory Board.
Mr. Tisch’s wife, Ann Rubenstein Tisch, is a trustee of Washington University in St. Louis and a member of that school’s national campaign steering committee. The Andrew and Ann Tisch Foundation is a generous supporter of education, Jewish agencies, human services and medical research. The Tisches founded and serve on the boards of the Young Women’s Leadership Foundation and the College Bound Initiative, which work to improve inner-city public education. The Tisch family resides in New York City.Back to Top
Charles F. Van Loan (Ph.D. ’73, M.A. ’70 and B.S. ’69, all from University of Michigan) is the Joseph C. Ford Professor of Engineering and is dean-elect of the university faculty. Professor Van Loan has been a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science since 1975. His research area is matrix computations, a practical field that has an important role to play in engineering and throughout the physical, biological and social sciences. Professor Van Loan’s teaching (and textbook writing) range from freshman-level programming to upper-level scientific computing to advanced matrix computations. He is a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
His contributions to student life include serving on the University Mental Health Council and the Faculty Advisory Committee on Athletics and Physical Education. Professor Van Loan has received the top awards for academic advising that are given by the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences. Van Loan has served in the Department of Computer Science as director of undergraduate studies (eight years), director of Ph.D. studies (five years) and chair (seven years). He is currently director of the Master of Engineering Program.Back to Top
Fred Van Sickle, vice president for alumni affairs and development, is the university’s chief fundraiser, overseeing a team of some 350 members responsible for building alumni engagement worldwide and securing private support from individuals and institutions for the Ithaca and Cornell Tech campuses.
Before joining Cornell in January of 2016, Mr. Van Sickle served for two years as chief development officer at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey, where he led the completion of a $212 million campaign. Prior to his work at IAS, Mr. Van Sickle served Columbia University for 12 years, occupying three leadership roles including executive vice president for university development and alumni relations. He oversaw outreach to Columbia’s alumni worldwide and played a pivotal role in planning, executing and completing the $6.1 billion Columbia Campaign. He has also served as associate vice president for development and assistant dean for development for the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan; vice president for alumni and development and secretary of the College at Lake Forest College (his undergraduate alma mater); and director of principal gifts at Princeton University.
Mr. Van Sickle holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and a Doctor of Education degree, with distinction, from the University of Pennsylvania. A former trustee of International House (New York) and board chair of the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, he currently serves as a trustee of the Holland Society of New York.Back to Top
Barton J. Winokur (A.B. ’61) is a corporate partner with Dechert LLP. He is the immediate past chairman and chief executive officer of the firm, which is based in Philadelphia. Throughout his career, Mr. Winokur has served as chair of Dechert’s mergers and acquisitions and international law groups, and was the resident partner of the London office from 1975 to 1979.
Mr. Winokur has devoted his practice to the representation of public and private companies, leveraged buyout sponsor funds, and venture capital firms in complex corporate transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and restructurings. For the past 33 years, he has represented leading private equity firms, as well as many of their portfolio companies, in numerous domestic and international transactions. He has also advised public and privately-held corporations in connection with strategic mergers and acquisitions and securities matters.
In addition, Mr. Winokur frequently counsels boards of directors and special committees of public companies in connection with corporate governance matters, such as ongoing board activities as well as interested party transactions and issues requiring special investigations and disclosures.
Mr. Winokur has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for the past 25 years and is consistently designated at the highest level as a leading lawyer for corporate/mergers and acquisitions in Chambers USA, a referral guide to leading lawyers in the United States based on the opinions of their peers and clients and by the quality of their work. He is also recognized as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 (USA) and as a leading dealmaker in the 2007 edition of The Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers.
Mr. Winokur is a member and former chair of the board of trustees of Brandeis University. He also serves on the board of directors for CDI Corp., the board of trustees of Gratz College, and the corporate board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. While at Harvard Law School, Mr. Winokur was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following his graduation from law school, Mr. Winokur clerked for the Honorable Abraham L. Freedman of the United States Court of Appeals of the Third Circuit.
For Cornell, Mr. Winokur is serving his second term on the Cornell University Board of Trustees. He currently serves as chair of the board’s Audit Committee. He also serves as a member on the Finance Committee, Committee on Academic Affairs, the Committee on Development, and the Volunteer Leadership Initiative Task Force. Mr. Winokur also is chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Council.
Mr. Winokur is married to Susan Sternblitz Winokur ’61, B.S. CALS. They have two children, Deborah ’88 and Derek ’91. The Winokurs reside in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.Back to Top
Mariana F. Wolfner (’74 A.B.; Ph.D. ’81, Stanford) is a Goldwin Smith Professor and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. She was an undergraduate at Cornell (A&S), with majors in biology and chemistry. She obtained a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Stanford University, and then did postdoctoral work at the University of California at San Diego. In 1983 she joined the Cornell faculty. Professor Wolfner’s research is on the function, regulation and evolution of proteins that are essential for reproduction, primarily in insects. The results have potential relevance to control of insect vectors of disease and to understanding human infertility. Professor Wolfner’s work is collaborative and interdisciplinary, a feature that she enjoys. She has mentored more than 30 graduate students, 20 postdoctoral fellows, 70 undergraduates and several high school students in her research lab. She teaches courses in developmental biology and its interface with evolution or genetics.
Professor Wolfner has been active in many areas at Cornell, including serving as associate department chair, director of graduate study and, currently, training grant director and member of FACTA. Her interest in biology and scientific research has led her to serve in a number of capacities here, including as member of the Provost’s Life Science Advisory Council. Her interest in graduate education has led to membership on the General Committee of Cornell’s Graduate School. Professor Wolfner is also actively involved in mentoring junior faculty, both in her department and beyond. Her interest in undergraduate life and undergraduate education/mentoring has led her to serve on transformative curriculum committees in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Undergraduate Biology, to be a Rawlings House Fellow at Alice Cook House since 2004, and to participate in CTE activities such as the Faculty Institute for Diversity and CIRTL, and a variety of advising activities.
Outside of Cornell, Professor Wolfner’s activities include serving as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Biology Section and as an officer on the Genetics Society of America’s board. She is an editor at several biology journals, has organized numerous scientific conferences, and is (or was) a member of several National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation grants-panels. Her outside honors include being a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Professor Wolfner and her husband, Jim Rothenberg, reside in Ithaca, New York. They have two grown children, Miriam and Joshua.Back to Top
Peter C. Meinig (’61, BME ’62; MBA ’64 Harvard) is chairman of HM International LLC of Tulsa, Oklahoma, a privately held management/holding company of various manufacturing and service businesses. He is a former director of The Williams Companies Inc. and The Williams Communication Group Inc. of Tulsa.
A member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees since 1991, Mr. Meinig became chairman of the board on July 1, 2002, and served in that capacity until December 31, 2011.
Mr. Meinig previously served as chairman of the Executive Committee from 1996-2002. He also chaired the Trustee Special Advisory Committee on Distance Learning and the Subcommittee on Alumni Affairs, and he co-chaired the Scholarship Campaign that concluded in December 1999. He has been a member of eCornell’s board of directors since its establishment until 2005 and served as chair until 2002. In October 2011 he was elected chairman emeritus of the board and emeritus trustee and was elected a Presidential Councillor in July 2012. As a trustee emeritus, Mr. Meinig continues to serve on the board’s Investment Committee and as a public member of the Weill Cornell Medical College Board of Overseers.
In past years Mr. Meinig was the regional vice president of the Cornell Society of Engineers for the Southwest/Mountain Region and served as vice chair of the Engineering College’s campaign that concluded in 1995. He sat on the administrative board of the Cornell University Council throughout his trusteeship and continues to be a member of the council. Mr. and Mrs. Meinig helped revitalize the Parent’s Fund and served as co-chairs in 1987-88. They were the National Tower Club co-chairs for fiscal years 1993 and 1994 and served as co-chairs of the Sesquicentenial Steering Committee. As Foremost Benefactors of Cornell, the Meinigs remain active on the Ithaca campus through their support of the Meinig Family National Scholar Program, the Nancy and Peter Meinig Family Investigatorships in the Life Sciences, the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, the Meinig Family Professorship of Engineering, and the Nancy Schlegel Meinig Professorship of Maternal and Child Nutrition.
Beyond Cornell, Mr. Meinig serves on the board of directors of the Indian Nations Council of the Boy Scouts of America, on the board of trustees of the University of Tulsa, and is a former chairman of the Tulsa City County Library Commission, the Tulsa Library Trust, and the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the Tulsa Area United Way. In November 2005, Mr. Meinig was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
Mr. Meinig’s Cornell relatives include his wife, Nancy Schlegel, B.S. HUMEC ’62; father (now deceased) Carl A.B. ’31, EE ’33; and daughters Anne Meinig Smalling ’87 and Kathryn Meinig Geib, MBA ’93.Back to Top
Harold Tanner (B.S. ILR ’52; MBA ’56, Harvard) is president of Tanner & Co. Inc., a private investment banking firm founded in New York in 1987. He was formerly a managing director of Salomon Brothers Inc., where he had responsibility for the Corporate Finance Department, and has spent his entire career in the investment banking business.
Mr. Tanner has served as a trustee of Cornell University since 1982 and was chair from 1997 to 2002. Since 2002, he has served as chair emeritus. He served as vice chair from 1992 to 1997 and was on the Executive Committee from 1986 to 2002. He served as co-chair of the Cornell Campaign and as chairman of the board’s Committee on Alumni Affairs and Development. He served as vice chair of the Presidential Search Committee that selected Hunter Rawlings to be the 10th president of Cornell and is serving on his fifth Presidential Search Committee. He was a longtime member of the Investment Committee including being vice chair at one time. He was appointed to the Weill Cornell Board of Overseers in 1996 and became a life overseer in 2002. Additionally, he was formerly a member of the advisory councils of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and a former chair of the Tower Club and Quadrangle Society.>
He and his wife, Nicki, endowed the Harold Tanner Deanship of Arts and Sciences. The Tanners have previously established the Pauline and Irving Tanner Scholarship Fund in the College of Arts and Sciences in honor of his parents.
In addition to his Cornell activities, Mr. Tanner was chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; a former trustee of the Revson Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation and Classroom Inc.; former president of the American Jewish Committee; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was on the board of the Associates of Harvard Business School and was a founder of the Volunteer Consulting Group Inc. He has been honored with the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award and the Herbert Lehman Award of the American Jewish Committee.
Mr. and Mrs. Tanner live in New York City and Purchase, New York. They have three children, including Karen, A.B. ’83, and eight grandsons.Back to Top
Sanford I. Weill is chairman emeritus of Citigroup and CEO of Casa Rosa Ventures. He retired as CEO of Citigroup on Oct. 1, 2003, and served as non-executive chairman until April 18, 2006. On April 29, 2014, Mr. Weill was named a member of CNBC’s First 25: top rebels, icons and leaders, a definitive list of 25 people around the world who have had the greatest influence, sparked the biggest changes and caused the most disruption in business over the past quarter century.
Mr. Weill, who had been chairman and CEO of Travelers, became chairman of its predecessor, Commercial Credit Company, in 1986, successfully leading the company through a public stock offering by its then-parent, Control Data Corporation. Commercial Credit acquired Primerica Corporation in 1988 and adopted its name until 1993, when Primerica acquired The Travelers Corporation and adopted the Travelers Group name. In 1997, the company acquired Salomon Inc. and combined it with its Smith Barney unit to form the global securities and investment firm, Salomon Smith Barney.
Prior to 1986, Mr. Weill had been president of American Express Company and chairman and chief executive officer of its Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company subsidiary. His affiliation with American Express began in 1981 when the company acquired Shearson Loeb Rhoades. Shearson’s origins date back to 1960 when Mr. Weill and three partners co-founded its predecessor, Carter, Berlind, Potoma & Weill. He served as the firm’s chairman from 1965 to 1984, a period in which it completed over 15 acquisitions to become the country’s second-largest securities brokerage firm. In 1993, when Travelers Group acquired Shearson Lehman Brothers’ retail brokerage and asset-management businesses, he was reunited with the firm he founded.
Mr. Weill served as chairman of Hamilton Insurance group from 2014 to 2016 and remains a consultant to the company today. He became a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 2001 and served in this capacity until Dec. 31, 2006. He also served as a director on the Boards of United Technologies Corp. from 1999 to 2003, AT&T Corp. from 1998 to 2002, E. I. Du Pont Nemours and Company from 1998 to 2001, and Koc Holding from 2009 to 2014. Mr. Weill is a former vice chairman of The Business Council and served on the Working Group on Child Care, headed by then U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Robert E. Rubin. In 1998, Mr. Weill was the recipient of Financial World Magazine’s CEO of the Year Award and received the same honor from Chief Executive Magazine in 2002. The EastWest Institute awarded Mr. Weill their distinguished Corporate Leadership Award in December 2005 at an event in London with Prime Minister Tony Blair. Mr. Weill is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Baker Institute at Rice University.
President Bush asked Mr. Weill, along with four other private sector business leaders, to lead a nationwide effort to encourage private donations for relief and reconstruction in response to the South Asia earthquake that occurred on Oct. 8, 2005. Working with the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, a nonprofit forum of CEOs and chairpersons, to which Mr. Weill was named chairman of the board in July 2004 and is now honorary chairman, Mr. Weill and the business leaders quickly established the South Asia Earthquake Relief Fund. Through the efforts of Mr. Weill and the business leaders, the private sector raised over $116 million in cash and in-kind services to help the earthquake victims. On Sept. 21, 2006, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf presented Mr. Weill with the “Sitara-i-Eisaar” (Star of Sacrifice) Award at a special investiture ceremony.
The 1997 recipient of the New York State Governor’s Art Award, Mr. Weill stepped down as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall in 2015 after serving in this role for 24 years. Mr. Weill is now president of Carnegie Hall, joining his mentor the late violinist Isaac Stern, as only the second person to hold the title of president since Carnegie Hall was established as a non-profit in 1960. For Mr. Weill's 70th birthday, Carnegie Hall raised a record $60 million in one evening thru a generous $30 million match by Mr. and Mrs. Weill for the Weill Music Institute, which established broad-reaching music education programs. Mr. Weill is also chairman of Weill Hall and The Green Music Center Board of Advisors at Sonoma State University and Chairman of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation.
Mr. Weill is chairman emeritus of the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College and Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. He joined the board in 1982, became chair in 1995 and retired as chair on Jan. 1, 2015. Weill Cornell established the first American medical school overseas in Doha, Qatar, in 2001, and to this day, it still remains the only one to offer an MD degree outside the U.S. This was made possible through a special partnership between Weill Cornell and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Weill Cornell’s inaugural class in Qatar graduated in 2008. Mr. Weill also serves on the board of governors of Sidra, a 380-bed specialty teaching hospital in Qatar. Sidra is supported by a $9 billion endowment from the Qatar Foundation. Mr. Weill is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A trustee emeritus of Cornell University as well as the recipient of the school’s first Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1984, Mr. Weill serves on the advisory council of its Johnson Graduate School of Management. In addition, he is chairman of the executive council of the University of California, San Francisco; a member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Board at the University of California, Davis; and a trustee of the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Long a proponent of education, Mr. Weill instituted a joint program with the New York City Board of Education in 1980 that created the Academy of Finance, which trains high school students for careers in financial services. He serves as founder and chairman of the National Academy Foundation (NAF), which oversees more than 88,000 students in 716 career-themed academies of finance, hospitality and tourism, information technology, engineering and health sciences in 40 states, as well as the District of Columbia. Ninety-eight percent of NAF’s students graduate, with 92 percent of those graduates having plans to pursue post-secondary education – often as the first in their families to attend college. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Mr. Weill as a member of his New York Education Reform Commission. Mr. Weill has received honorary degrees from Bank Street College of Education; Howard University; Hofstra University; the University of New Haven; Sonoma State University; and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.
The Real Deal: My Life in Business and Philanthropy, Mr. Weill’s book, is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller.
A longtime friend of President Gerald R. Ford’s, Mr. Weill was an honorary pallbearer at the late president’s state funeral and is a trustee of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation. Mr. Weill was awarded the 2013 Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award and he and Mrs. Weill were recipients of the 2009 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy Award. Mr. Weill is also the recipient of the 2014 Jackie Robinson Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr. Weill, who was born on March 16, 1933, is a graduate of Cornell University. He and Joan will celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary this June. They have two children and four grandchildren.Back to Top