Meeting of the Brown Corporation
Corporation of Brown University Elects Five Trustees
The Corporation of Brown University elected five trustees at its regular spring meeting Friday, May 26, 2006. They will be formally engaged at the next Corporation meeting in October 2006.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — At its regular spring business
meeting Friday, May 26, 2006, the Corporation of Brown University elected five
trustees, who will begin their service with the 2006-07 academic year.
The Corporation, the governing body of Brown University,
comprises a 12-member Board of Fellows and a 42-member Board of Trustees, all
elected by the Corporation. It is responsible for establishing broad policies
for the operation of the University, for selecting a president to carry out
those policies, for appointing administrative officers and faculty members, and
for managing the funds and holding the real estate of the University.
The following are newly elected trustees:
- H. Anthony Ittleson, a 1960 graduate of Brown, is chairman,
president, and a director of the Ittleson Foundation Inc., a foundation whose
focus is in the area of AIDS, the environment and mental health. Since 1970, he
has served three terms on the Board of Trustees and a term on the Board of
Fellows, for a total of 29 years. Now retired from the business world, Ittleson
was executive vice president of CIT Group Holdings and a member of its board. He
was also chairman of the board of Travel Ventures, a bicycle vacation company.
Ittleson serves as honorary chair of Brown’s Campaign for Academic
Enrichment, was executive campaign chair of The Campaign for the Rising
Generation and was chair of the Brown Annual Fund for four years. He is a
current member of the Brown Annual Fund Leadership Council. Ittleson received
the Presidential Medal from Brown University in 1996 and an honorary Doctor of
Humane Letters degree in 1998. He will serve as a term trustee through June 30,
- Debra L. Lee is chairman and chief executive officer of BET Networks.
She has also served as the network’s president and COO, general counsel
and executive vice president of strategic business development. Prior to joining
BET, Lee worked as an attorney with Washington D.C.-based Steptoe & Johnson
and as a law clerk to the late Honorable Barrington Parker of the U.S. District
Court for the District of Columbia. She serves on the corporate board of
directors of Eastman Kodak Co., Revlon Inc. and Washington Gas & Light
Company, and is also affiliated with a number of professional and civic
organizations, including Girls, Inc., Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater,
Kennedy Center’s Community and Friends Board, and the National Symphony
Orchestra Board. A 1976 graduate of Brown, she went on to earn her J.D. from
Harvard Law School and M.P.P. from Harvard University. Lee served on the Board
of Trustees from 1994 to 2001. She will serve as a term trustee through June 30,
- Charles M. Rosenthal is senior managing director of the First
Manhattan Co. of New York City. Having previously served on the Board of
Trustees from 1992 to 1998, he was reelected in 1999 and given an additional
one-year term in 2005. The Corporation has again elected him to a one-year term
through June 30, 2007, so that he may continue his term as chair of the
Corporation’s Audit Committee and provide continuity of leadership.
Rosenthal is a trustee of the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole. He
received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University in 1957.
- Joan Wernig Sorensen most recently served as director of development
and public relations at Interfaith Health Care Ministries at Rhode Island
Hospital. She is the former director of alumni and parent relations at Moses
Brown School and was previously the director of alumni relations at Bryant
University and associate director of alumni relations at Brown University. She
has also served as registrar at Wayne State University Law School and assistant
director of admissions at University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Sorensen
currently serves as a regional vice chair for the Campaign for Academic
Enrichment and is a member of the President’s Leadership Council, the
Brown Annual Fund Leadership Council and the Women’s Leadership Council.
She has previously served on the BAA Board of Governors and as a regional chair
of the Brown area schools program (BASC). A 1972 Brown graduate, Sorensen has
received the Alumni Service Award, the Brown Bear Award, and most recently the
H. Anthony Ittleson Award. She will serve as a term trustee through June 30,
- Peter Stuart Voss is chairman and chief executive officer of IXIS
Asset Management Group, a global investment management firm with headquarters in
Boston and Paris. Prior to the merger with IXIS, Voss served as chairman,
president and CEO of Nvest, L.P., a publicly listed U.S. investment firm, which
he helped to form in 1992. Previously, he worked for Bank of America, where he
headed the U.S. and international investment management and private banking
area. Prior to that, Voss was CEO of Security Pacific Investment Group, headed
the London-based merchant banking operations of Security Pacific Investment
Corporation, and served as CEO of the Hoare Govett Companies, the
corporation’s equity operation in Europe and Southeast Asia. He began his
career with Rhode Island Hospital Trust in Providence. Voss has served on the
Board of Governors of the Investment Company Institute and as a member of the
Board of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. He is currently chair of the
Investment Committee for the endowments of two Boston-based philanthropic
organizations, a regional vice chair for the Campaign for Academic Enrichment, a
member of the Brown University Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in
Investing, and a member of the President’s Leadership Council. A 1968
graduate of Brown, Voss will serve as a term trustee through June 30, 2012.
The five new members of the Board of Trustees will be formally
engaged at the next regular meeting of the Corporation in October.
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