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Distributed June 3, 1999
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Brown Corporation elects two new fellows and nine new trustees

At its Commencement Weekend meeting May 29, 1999, the Corporation of Brown University elected Elizabeth Z. Chace and David E. McKinney to its Board of Fellows and elected nine new members to its Board of Trustees: Ralph J. Begleiter, Martin Granoff, Robin Neustein, Frank Newman, O. Rogeriee Thompson, Chelsey C. Remington, Charles M. Rosenthal, Robert E. Turner, and Jerome C. Vascellaro.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Corporation of Brown University, Brown's governing body, elected two new fellows, four new term trustees and five alumni/ae trustees at its Commencement Weekend meeting Saturday, May 29, 1999.

The new fellows are Elizabeth Z. Chace, real estate executive, and David E. McKinney, president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The new term trustees are Martin Granoff, textile industry executive; Robin Neustein, an investment banker; Charles M. Rosenthal, securities advisor; and Robert E. (Ted) Turner, communications executive. The new alumni/ae trustees are Ralph J. Begleiter, world affairs journalist; Frank Newman, education executive; O. Rogeriee Thompson, superior court associate justice; Chelsey C. Remington, arts and museum leader; and Jerome C. Vascellaro, management consultant. Fellows normally serve an 11-year term. With one exception, the new trustees will serve six-year terms, from 1999 through 2005.

The Corporation is composed of a 12-member Board of Fellows and a 42-member Board of Trustees, all elected by the Corporation itself. Fourteen members of the Board of Trustees are alumni/ae trustees, nominated by the Brown Alumni Association and elected to office by the Corporation. The newly elected fellows and trustees will be sworn in at the next regular meeting of the Corporation in October.

The Corporation 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, for managing the funds and holding the real estate of the University. In addition to attending the three regular meetings of the Brown Corporation (October, February and May), members of the Corporation are normally asked to serve on one or more standing committees of the Corporation and may be asked to serve on ad hoc boards or committees established from time to time.

Elizabeth Z. Chace, Providence, R.I., a member of the Brown Class of 1959, will serve as a fellow through June 2010. Chace received an honorary Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Brown in 1996. She is a co-founder of Residential Properties Ltd. and a member of the Rhode Island Real Estate Commission. Chace is a board member and previous president of the John Hope Settlement House, vice president of the Brown University Sports Foundation, and chair of the capital campaign for Trinity Repertory Co. She was elected a trustee in 1995.

David E. McKinney, Westport, Conn., father of three Brown graduates, will serve as a fellow through June 2010. McKinney served his first term as a Brown trustee from 1990 to 1996 and was elected to a second term in 1997. During a long career with IBM, McKinney served in many capacities, including directeur general of IBM Europe and executive assistant to the chairman of the board. He serves as executive secretary of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation and is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies. McKinney is president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Ralph J. Begleiter, Potomac, Md., Class of 1971, will serve as an alumni/ae trustee through June 2005. After nearly 18 years as a foreign correspondent for CNN, Begleiter has accepted an appointment as distinguished journalist-in-residence at the University of Delaware in Newark, effective this summer. His appointment, a full faculty position, is made jointly by the departments of communication, political science/international relations and English. At Brown, Begleiter has been a member of the board of editors of the Brown Alumni Magazine and is currently a member of the Brown Corporation's University Relations Committee. He has hosted numerous campus events in conjunction with the Watson Institute for International Studies and attended the Institute's historic conference in Hanoi in 1997.

Martin Granoff, New York City, father of a Brown graduate, will serve as a term trustee through June 2005. He is a 40-year veteran of the textile industry, having been the owner and chairman of Val D'Or, a men's and women's knitwear manufacturer; the chairman and majority shareholder of Koret of California, which makes women's brand-name clothing under the Koret, Counterparts, Napa Valley, Stephanie K, and Jax labels; and the chairman and owner of National Textiles. In May 1998, he was named chairman of the American Apparel Manufacturers Association. He is co-chairman of the Business Alliance for Trade Agreements, a lobbying organization that seeks to have the trade benefits of textile and apparel makers expanded to the Caribbean Basin. Granoff sits on the board of directors of the Brown University Sports Foundation.

Robin Neustein, New York City, Class of 1975, will serve as a term trustee through June 2005. Neustein graduated from Brown in 1975 with a degree in anthropology. She earned both an M.B.A. and a J.D. from Northwestern University in 1979. In the early 1980s she joined Goldman Sachs & Co. and was made a partner in 1990. From 1991 to 1995, Neustein was assigned to coordinate the newly created Infrastructure Investment Banking Group, overseeing real estate, privatization, portfolio and asset restructuring. Prior to 1991, she was a member of Goldman Sachs' real estate division.

Frank Newman, Jamestown, R.I., a member of the Class of 1946, will serve as an alumni/ae trustee through June 2005. For 13 years, Newman has been president of the Education Commission of the States, a national organization of governors and other policy-makers charged with helping states make education policy from preschool to postgraduate. Previously, he was president of the University of Rhode Island for nine years and prior to that an administrator at Stanford. Newman is the author of five books about higher education and the recipient of 40 honorary degrees, including an honorary degree from Brown. He was a founder, with Howard Swearer, of Campus Compact, a national organization of 600 colleges and universities that encourages community service by students. He received the University's William Rogers Award in 1994 for service to society.

O. Rogeriee Thompson, Cranston, R.I., Class of 1973, will serve as an alumni/ae trustee through June 2005. Thompson is currently an associate justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court, where she presides over felony jury trials and civil trials involving damages in excess of $10,000. Prior to that, she was a member of the Rhode Island District Court bench for 10 years. Before her nomination to the judiciary, Thompson was a partner in the law firm of Thompson and Thompson, specializing in Native American law, civil rights, personal injury, family, and real estate law.

Chelsey C. Remington, Still River, Mass., Class of 1961, will serve as an alumni/ae trustee through June 2001, completing the term of Elizabeth Chace, who was elected to the Board of Fellows. After graduating from Brown in 1961 with a degree in economics, Remington worked as a systems engineer for IBM in Boston and New York. She is an overseer and patron special events chair at the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), serves on the board of directors of Concord Family Service, and is a corporator and trustee emerita of the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Mass. Remington serves as national chair of the Brown Annual Fund and has been a vice chair of the Brown Annual Fund Executive Committee for the last three years. She has received three awards for service to the University: the Outstanding Service Award (1987), the Alumni Service Award (1991), and the H. Anthony Ittleson Award (1998).

Charles M. Rosenthal, New York City, father of two Brown graduates, was reelected as a term trustee and will serve through June 2005. Rosenthal has been with First Manhattan Co., investment advisors and securities brokers/dealers, since 1974. He is a member of the Investment Association of New York and the Security Traders Association of New York. Rosenthal was appointed to the Corporation's Board of Trustees in 1992, and has served on the Corporation's Advisory and Executive Committee and Campaign Steering Committee.

Robert E. (Ted) Turner, Atlanta, Ga., Class of 1960, will serve as a term trustee through June 2005. Turner attended Brown from 1956 to 1959 and received an honorary Bachelor of Philosophy in 1989 and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 1993. He is vice chairman of Time Warner, the world's largest entertainment and media company. Previously, he was head of Turner Broadcasting System until it was acquired by Time Warner in 1996. Turner Broadcasting is the owner of Cable News Network (CNN), CNN Headline News, WTBS, Turner Entertainment Co., the Atlanta Braves baseball team, and the Atlanta Hawks basketball team. In 1998, Turner established the United Nations Foundation to benefit U.N. causes, such as helping refugees, fighting disease, and clearing land mines.

Jerome C. Vascellaro, Darien, Conn., Class of 1974, will serve as an alumni/ae trustee through June 2005. Vascellaro is senior director of McKinsey & Company, an international management consulting firm. During his 20 years at McKinsey, Vascellaro has served clients in the United States and Europe and currently oversees McKinsey's corporate center and many of its worldwide activities. Vascellaro graduated from Brown with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and economics and later earned a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar. He has been president-elect of the Brown Alumni Association since 1997 and will become president in July of this year.