97-150 (Corporation Changes)
Brown University News Bureau

The Brown University News Bureau

1997-1998 index

Distributed June 30, 1998
Contact: Mark Nickel

Brown Corporation will begin academic year with new leadership

Incoming Chancellor Stephen Robert, Vice Chancellor Marie Langlois, Treasurer Matthew Mallow, and Secretary Wendy Strothman will lead the Brown Corporation into the new academic year. They and 11 new or re-elected trustees and fellows will begin their duties July 1, 1998. The Corporation is the governing body of Brown University.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Corporation of Brown University will begin the 1998-99 academic year with new leaders in all four of its senior positions and with eleven new or re-elected members serving on the Board of Trustees or the Board of Fellows. The new officers and members of the University's governing body will begin service July 1, 1998.

Stephen Robert, vice chancellor and chancellor-designate since February 1997, will become Brown's 19th chancellor, succeeding Artemis A. W. Joukowsky. The chancellor is the senior officer of the Corporation and presides over the Board of Trustees. Joining Robert as new senior officers of the Corporation will be Marie J. Langlois, vice chancellor; Matthew J. Mallow, treasurer; and Wendy J. Strothman, secretary.

"The new officers of the Corporation will give this University a wonderful combination of fresh vision and solid experience," said Brown President E. Gordon Gee. "They are new to their positions, but they are seasoned veterans of service to Brown and to the Corporation. I am eager to work with them in advancing the mission of a great University.

"In the year since my appointment as Brown's president, I have had the unprecedented privilege of working with three dedicated chancellors," Gee said. "Alva Way led the presidential selection committee that brought me here. Art Joukowsky installed me and introduced me to the Brown community, and Steve Robert is providing strong leadership as I enter my first full academic year. Brown is blessed to receive corporate leadership of such dedication and outstanding quality."

New members of the Board of Fellows include Timothy C. Forbes, chief operating officer of Forbes Inc., publishers of Forbes and other magazines; Steven R. Jordan, project manager for Ryan Co. of Phoenix and former professional football player for the Minnesota Vikings; Artemis A. W. Joukowsky, who will become University ambassador and chancellor emeritus; and Wendy J. Strothman, executive vice president of Houghton Mifflin Co.

New members of the Board of Trustees include Peter W. Bernstein, publisher of Times Books, an imprint of Random House; Nancy L. Buc, a partner in the law firm of Buc & Beardsley, in Washington, D.C.; Vincent J. Buonanno, CEO of Tempel Steel Co., in Chicago, Ill.; Fredric Garonzik, a partner at Goldman Sachs & Co.; H. Anthony Ittleson, chairman and president of The Ittleson Foundation; Itzhak Perlman, internationally acclaimed violinist and a Brown parent; and Anita Spivey, an attorney and businesswoman in New Jersey.

"The history of Brown is a history of vision, dedicated leadership, risk-taking and hard work," said Robert. "I am excited by the opportunity to join a great procession of leaders and to work closely with President Gee and with my colleagues in the Corporation to achieve the secure and productive future that this great institution of higher learning deserves."

New officers

Stephen Robert, chancellor. Robert, co-chairman of CIBC Oppenheimer Holdings Corp. in New York, was elected to the Board of Fellows in 1994 after serving on the Board of Trustees (1984-90 and 1991-94). He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown in 1962 and did postgraduate work at the London School of Economics and Columbia School of Business. He joined Oppenheimer in 1968 as a portfolio manager of the Oppenheimer Fund. He became a partner in 1970, president in 1979, and chairman and CEO in 1983. Robert led a team that returned Oppenheimer to private ownership in March 1986. Oppenheimer was acquired by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC Wood Gundy Securities Corp.) in November 1997.

Marie J. Langlois, vice chancellor. Langlois, a 1964 graduate of Brown, has served the Corporation as a trustee and a fellow and was treasurer of the Corporation from 1988 to 1992. She is a partner of Phoenix Investment Management Company, which she co-founded in 1988. After earning her M.B.A. from Harvard in 1967, Langlois joined Fleet National Bank, rising to senior vice president and manager of personal financial services before leaving to start her own firm. She is a director of Citizens Bank, a member of the Finance Council of the Diocese of Providence, and President of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.

Matthew J. Mallow, treasurer. Mallow, a member of the Class of 1964 at Brown, earned his law degree from the New York University School of Law in 1967. He is a partner in the New York firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom. In March 1990, Mallow was named national chair of the Brown Annual Fund, one of the University's major sources of unrestricted current funds. As co-chair of the Class of 1964's 25th reunion gift committee, he helped raise a record-breaking gift of $1.8 million. Mallow was elected to a second six-year term as trustee in 1997, having served from 1990 to 1996

Wendy J. Strothman, secretary. After graduating from Brown in 1972 with honors in Russian studies, Strothman studied publishing at Radcliffe College. She was assistant director of the University of Chicago Press when she accepted an offer to direct Beacon Press in Boston in 1983. In 1995, she joined Houghton Mifflin Co. as vice president and publisher for the adult trade and reference division and was soon named executive vice president for the trade and reference division.

Board of Fellows

The Brown Charter of 1764 established two branches for University governance: the fellows and the trustees. The 12-member Board of Fellows includes the president, who presides. Fellows and trustees have similar duties, but the voting of academic degrees, including honorary degrees, is reserved for the Board of Fellows. While fellows once were appointed for life, the Corporation voted in 1981 to set the normal term at 11 years. There are four new fellows:

Timothy C. Forbes is chief operating officer of American Heritage, the division of Forbes Inc. that publishes award-winning magazines and books on American history and related topics. He also is chief operating officer of Forbes, Inc., publisher of Forbes magazine. He will serve as a fellow through June 30, 2009.

Steven R. Jordan is a project manager for Ryan Companies, Phoenix, Ariz., and a former professional football player for the Minnesota Vikings. Jordan will serve as a fellow through June 30, 2009. Jordan became a University trustee in 1993.

Artemis A. W. Joukowsky has served the Corporation in a variety of capacities, most recently as chancellor. Last May 22, in honor of his service to Brown, Gee named Joukowsky the first University ambassador. Joukowsky will serve as a fellow through June 30, 2009.

Wendy J. Strothman is executive vice president of the Boston-based publishing company Houghton Mifflin (see above). Strothman, who became a fellow in October 1997, will serve through June 30, 2008.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees, originally a 36-member body, was enlarged to 42 in 1921 by an amendment to the University Charter. One-third of the trustees are nominated by the Brown Alumni Association. All trustees now serve a normal term of six years. The new trustees are:

Nancy L. Buc is a partner in the law firm of Buc & Beardsley in Washington, D.C. She has worked for or with a number of government agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration. She will serve a six-year term through June 2004.

Peter W. Bernstein is publisher of Times Books, a division of Random House. As president of the Brown Alumni Association, he will serve a five-year term as an alumni trustee through June 2003.

Anita Spivey has been an attorney for General Motors, Allied-Signal Inc. and other organizations and has been in business. She will serve a six-year term through June 2004.

Itzhak Perlman, one of the world's great violinists, will serve a six-year term through June 2004. He is the father of two Brown graduates and the recipient of an honorary degree from Brown.

H. Anthony Ittleson is chairman and president of The Ittleson Foundation, which focuses in the areas of AIDS, the environment and mental health. He will serve a six-year term through June 2004.

Fredric Garonzik is a partner at Goldman Sachs & Company, an investment banking firm based in New York City. He will serve a six-year term through June 2004.

Vincent J. Buonanno is CEO of Tempel Steel Co. in Chicago, Ill. Buonanno will serve a six-year term through June 2004.

Chancellors of Brown University

  1. Stephen Hopkins (1764-1785)
  2. Jabez Bowen (1785-1815)
  3. Alexander Viets Griswold (1815-1828)
  4. Samuel Willard Bridgham (1828-1840)
  5. John Bowen Francis (1841-1854)
  6. Samuel Boyd Tobey (1854-1867)
  7. William Patten (1867-1873)
  8. Benjamin F. Thomas (1874-1878)
  9. Thomas Durfee (1879-1888)
  10. William Goddard (1888-1907)
  11. Arnold Buffum Chace (1907-1932)
  12. Henry D. Sharpe (1932-1952)
  13. Harold B. Tanner (1952-1964)
  14. H. Stanford McLeod (1964-1968)
  15. Charles C. Tillinghast Jr. (1968-1979)
  16. Richard Salomon (1979-1988)
  17. Alva O. Way (1988-1997)
  18. Artemis A. W. Joukowsky (1997-1998)
  19. Stephen Robert (1998- )