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Princeton University Names Nine New Trustees

Princeton University has named nine new members to its board of trustees, effective July 1.

The trustees are:

• Laura Forese, Louise Sams and C. James Yeh, who were elected by the board to serve for eight years as charter trustees;

• Arminio Fraga, Paul Maeder and Doris Sohmen-Pao, who were elected by the board to serve for four years as term trustees;

• Lori Dickerson Fouché and Anne Sherrerd, who were elected by alumni to serve four years as alumni trustees;

• and Fiyinfoluwa “Tumi” Akinlawon, who was elected by the junior, senior and two youngest alumni classes to serve four years as young alumni trustee.

New trustee bios:

Akinlawon, of Lagos, Nigeria, graduated this year with a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering and certificates in materials science and engineering, robotics and intelligent systems, and sustainable energy. He will work in the energy practice of the Dallas office of Boston Consulting Group.

Forese, of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, is president of New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System. She is also group senior vice president and chief operating officer for New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. Forese earned a BSE in civil engineering from Princeton in 1983 and holds an M.D. and a master of public health degree from Columbia University. She served as a term trustee from 2010-14 and chaired the Committee on Public Affairs.

Fouché, of Montclair, New Jersey, is the chief executive officer of Prudential Group Insurance and has spent more than 20 years in the insurance industry. After earning her bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton in 1991, she started her career at Chubb & Son, before earning her MBA from Harvard Business School and becoming a management consultant at the Parthenon Group. In 2011, she was appointed president and chief executive officer of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co., before joining Prudential Group Insurance as president and chief operating officer in 2013.

Fraga, of Rio de Janeiro, is a co-founder of Gávea Investimentos, an asset management firm in Brazil, which was sold to J.P. Morgan. Fraga chairs the board of directors of Brazil’s securities, commodities and futures exchange. He was president of the central bank of Brazil from March 1999 to December 2002. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton in 1985; his bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from Pontificia Universidade Catolica. Fraga has taught at a number of universities.

Maeder, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is founding partner of Highland Capital Partners, concentrating on building companies in online education, robotics and software. He has nearly 30 years of experience in venture capital and has served as a director of several companies. He serves on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies and was chair of the National Venture Capital Association from 2011-12. He graduated from Princeton in 1975 with a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering and earned a master’s in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Sams, of Atlanta, is the executive vice president and general counsel of Turner Broadcasting System Inc. She graduated from Princeton in 1979 with a degree in English and earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. In June last year, Sams completed a 10-year term as a charter trustee.

Sherrerd, of Riverside, Connecticut, graduated from Yale University and started her career in municipal finance before earning a master’s degree from Princeton’s School of Architecture in 1987 and co-founding Abeles Sherrerd Architects Inc., specializing in residential design. After retiring from practice in 2001, she focused on volunteer work, much of it on Princeton’s behalf. In July, she will join the advisory council of the Princeton University Art Museum.

Sohmen-Pao, of Singapore, is executive vice president at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Previously, she was director of human capital at Bain & Company. Sohmen-Pao has extensive experience in higher education administration. She spearheaded the MBA program at Singapore Management University with a focus on leadership in Asia. She also worked at INSEAD, the international business school with campuses in Singapore and France. She also has worked in media and publishing, including with an Internet startup and as international director for new media for Time Inc. She received her degree in politics from Princeton in 1993 and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Yeh, of Hinsdale, Illinois, is senior managing director of Citadel Investment Group, a leading global financial institution. He earned his degree in physics from Princeton in 1987 and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California-Berkeley. Yeh served as a term trustee from 2010-14.

Completing their terms as trustees on June 30 are Aku Ammah-Tagoe, Thomas Barron, Pyper Davis, Carl Ferenbach, Charles Gibson, Randall Kennedy, Philip Hammarskjold, Nancy Peretsman and Min Zhu.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

  • SpokesMan

    Nice to see the local community represented.

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