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Distributed June 13, 2005
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Corporation of Brown University Elects Nine Trustees

The Corporation of Brown University elected nine trustees at its regular spring meeting Friday, May 27, 2005. The Corporation also accepted major gifts, established three endowed positions and formally approved and adopted the University’s revised policy on intellectual property.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — At its regular spring business meeting Friday, May 27, 2005, the Corporation of Brown University elected nine trustees, who will begin their service with the 2005-06 academic year. The president-elect of the Brown Alumni Association and three trustees nominated by the University’s alumni body were among those elected by the Corporation to serve six-year terms as alumni/alumnae trustees.

The Corporation also appointed new members of the faculty and took actions in other areas, including the formal acceptance of major gifts and the establishment of newly endowed positions.

The Corporation, 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 nine new members of the Board of Trustees will be formally engaged at the next regular meeting of the Corporation in October.

The following are newly elected trustees:

  • Richard A. Friedman is head of the Merchant Banking Division and head of the Principal Investment Area at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York City. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1981 after earning his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago; he was named a partner in 1990. In addition to service on several corporate boards, Friedman serves as a trustee of Mount Sinai Hospital, the Horace Mann School, and the Central Synagogue in New York City. Through the Richard A. and Susan P. Friedman Family Foundation, the Friedmans provide support for education, hospitals, health associations and Jewish interests. Friedman, a 1979 Brown graduate and parent of a current student, will serve as a term trustee through June 30, 2011.
  • Frederic B. Garonzik was co-head of the Fixed Income Currency and Commodities Division at Goldman, Sachs Group in New York City when he retired in November 1998. He was named a general partner in 1984 and served for six years as head of Fixed Income and Capital Markets in Europe, based in London. An alumnus of the Wharton School (M.B.A, 1967), he serves on the Wharton Financial Institutions Board. Garonzik is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies at Brown and has previously served the Corporation as a trustee (1998-2004). He is also on the boards of the American Federation for Aging Research, the Union Settlement, and the Buckley School in addition to the advisory boards of several for-profit companies. Garonzik, a 1964 Brown graduate, will serve as a term trustee through June 30, 2011.
  • James B. Garvin is chief scientist at NASA in Columbia, Md. As the senior science advisor to the NASA administrator, Garvin is a leader in formulating science policy and priorities for NASA, with specific attention to the president’s vision for space exploration. He served as chief scientist for Mars exploration, which culminated in the successful ongoing rover missions. NASA has twice presented him with its Medal for Outstanding Leadership (2002, 2004) for that work. Garvin, who earned three Brown degrees (Sc.B. 1978; Sc.M. 1981; Ph.D. 1984), has visited campus often as a lecturer and received the William Rogers Award from the Brown Alumni Association in 2004. He will serve as an alumni trustee through June 30, 2011.
  • Cathy Frank Halstead is president of Sidney Frank Importing Co., New Rochelle, N.Y. A graduate of New York University, Halstead has worked closely with her father, Sidney E. Frank, for many years, both in the importing company and, more recently, on the Sidney E. Frank Foundation. She serves on the boards of The Trevor Day School and the Riverdale Country School. Halstead is an abstract artist who has shown her work internationally for more than two decades. She will serve as a term trustee through June 30, 2011.
  • Karen M. Levy of Scarsdale, N.Y., graduated from Brown with honors in American civilization. Levy earned her J.D. degree from New York University School of Law in 1977. She practiced corporate litigation at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan and then at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. She is on the National Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee and a member of its Executive Committee and is immediate past chair of the Women’s Campaign Board. She has also served on the boards of The Jewish Home and Hospital of New York and the Scarsdale-Edgemont Family Counseling Services. Levy, a 1974 Brown graduate and parent of a recent Brown graduate, will serve as a term trustee through June 30, 2011.
  • Carmen Garcia Rodriguez of New York City received an A.B. from Brown in international relations in 1983 and a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law in 1986. An active volunteer in the Brown Alumni Association for more than 20 years, Rodriguez currently is the president of the Class of 1983, president of the Association of Class Leaders, a member of the Advisory Council on Diversity, a member of the Board of Governors of the Brown Alumni Association, and a mentor for the Student Alumni Connection. She served as secretary of the BAA from 1996-1999 and co-chair of the reunion activities and gift committees for her 10th, 15th and 20th class reunions. She has helped lead alumni efforts in diversity and multicultural activities and is the recipient of an Alumni Service Award. Rodriguez will serve as an alumnae trustee through June 30, 2011.
  • Hannelore Rodriguez-Farrar formerly served as assistant director for education at Brown’s Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Rodriguez-Farrar is a Ph.D. candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has been a research associate at the Harvard Business School, co-authoring a number of case studies. Rodriguez-Farrar, who earned two Brown degrees (A.B. 1987; A.M. 1990), will serve as an alumnae trustee through June 30, 2011. She is president-elect of the Brown Alumni Association and will begin her duties July 1, 2005.
  • Charles M. Rosenthal is senior managing director of the First Manhattan Co. of New York City. He has served two six-year terms as a Brown trustee (1992-98, 1999-2005), including service on the Corporation’s Advisory and Executive Committee. The Corporation has elected him to an additional one-year term through June 30, 2006, 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 is the parent of two Brown graduates.
  • William H. Twaddell is a retired diplomat in Providence, R.I. After successive stints in the Peace Corp (Brazil), Army and press corps (New York Daily News), Twaddell served as a U.S. diplomat for more than 30 years. He spent most of his career involved in African affairs, including service as chief of mission to six countries during the last 20 years. Since his retirement in 2000, Twaddell has served on boards and committees of the International Institute of Rhode Island, the GAIA Foundation and the Narragansett Boat Club, and has remained involved in international issues. He and his wife advocate for two Liberian refugee families in Rhode Island. He received the William Rogers Award in 2002. Twaddell, a 1963 Brown graduate, will serve as an alumni trustee through June 30, 2011.

Among other items of business, the Corporation:

  • Formally accepted major gifts:
    • $23 million from the estate of Thomas J. Watson Jr. in support of the Watson Institute. Among other purposes, the gift will endow joint faculty positions between the Institute and academic departments;
    • $1 million from the estate of Bertha M. Goodwin, a 1907 Brown graduate, to endow the Bertha M. Goodwin Scholarship Fund, with a preference for female students.
  • Established endowed positions:
    • The Olive C. Watson Professorship, to be held by a faculty member with a joint appointment in an academic department and the Watson Institute;
    • The Harrison E. Farnsworth Professorship of Physics, funded by a trust created by the late Harrison E. Farnsworth, professor emeritus of physics at Brown;
    • The Howard R. Swearer Directorship of the Watson Institute for International Studies, honoring Brown’s 15th president, who served as the Institute’s first director after retiring as Brown president.
  • Made a number of appointments and promotions for the faculty, including:
    • emeritus/emerita appointments for nine retiring faculty;
    • five new appointments conferring tenure;
    • six promotions conferring tenure;
    • six appointments to endowed or named chairs.
  • Approved and adopted a revised Patent and Invention Policy and Copyright Policy. The policy, developed by the Office of the Vice President for Research, replaces a policy that had been in effect since May 30, 1981. Among other purposes, it assures faculty, students and staff fair and appropriate sharing in any financial returns from research. [A pdf copy is available.]
  • Received a report from the Committee on Facilities and Design including the selection of architects for major projects at the University:
  • Established the Center for the Study of Children at Risk as recommended by the faculty (approval by the Board of Fellows).
  • Elected members to the board of University organizations:
    • The John Carter Brown Library Board of Governors (three-year terms beginning July 1, 2005): T. Kimball Brooker, Vincent J. Buonanno, Finn M.W. Caspersen, Gilbert C. Meister, Clinton I. Smullyan, Jane Gregory Rubin, William B. Warren, Conde de Orgaz;
    • The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Board of Trustees (a five-year term through June 30, 2010): Gordon E. Cadwgan.


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