This story was updated 7/3/14.
Five leaders with deep experience in the spheres of politics, the financial industry and higher education have been newly appointed to the Franklin & Marshall College Board of Trustees, effective July 1.
Matthew DesChamps, chief operating officer of Kepos Capital, and Elaine Tuttle Hansen, former president of Bates College and currently the executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, have joined the board for the first time. Anthony Kreisel, a retired money manager who held senior-level positions with Putnam Investments and Baring Asset Management; Kenneth Mehlman, a partner at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and former political strategist for President George W. Bush; and Laurence Shadek, managing director of Wellington Shields & Co., are returning to the board after previous years of service. In addition, Ricardo Rivers, associate vice president-investments at Wells Fargo Advisors, will serve as the Alumni Board trustee. Rivers will be a trustee during his two years of leadership on the Alumni Board, while the other trustees will serve five-year terms, subject to re-appointment.
"For leading institutions like Franklin & Marshall that are rising to meet the challenge of educating today's students in an increasingly global society, among the most important assets for a board of trustees is expertise in the variety of fields that our new trustees represent," said Board Chair Lawrence Bonchek, a parent of a Class of 1991 F&M graduate.
"Insights in the financial and investment arenas support our imperative to ensure the financial sustainability of the College," Bonchek said. "At the same time, having a former college president is invaluable as we make decisions focused on providing the best education possible for the talented students the College admits. Also, a trustee with intimate knowledge of the world of politics helps us achieve a vital understanding of the way the federal government looks at higher education."
A characteristic that unites all of the new trustees is a strong dedication to the welfare of Franklin & Marshall, Bonchek added. All of the trustees have demonstrated a willingness to commit "time, energy and intellect to help Franklin & Marshall fulfill its mission."
Profiles of the new trustees:
Matthew DesChamps is the chief operating officer of Kepos Capital, an investment adviser and asset management firm in New York, N.Y. After earning his bachelor's degree in government at Franklin & Marshall in 1993, DesChamps received a Master of Business Administration from New York University Stern School of Business. He is a certified public accountant who previously was a founding member and principal at Satellite Asset Management Co., as well as an account manager at Morgan Stanley. His involvement at F&M includes serving on Leadership Council, the Diplomat Athletic Club, the Shadek Stadium Committee for the College's upcoming stadium project; and the Head Football Coach Search Committee, in addition to serving as a volunteer for class reunions.
Elaine Tuttle Hansen is the executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) in Baltimore. Previously, she was the president of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, from 2002 to 2011, and served as provost and a professor of English at Haverford College in Haverford, Pa., after holding academic positions at two other colleges. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Mount Holyoke College in 1969, earned her master's at the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. at the University of Washington. She is a recipient of the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award. She has served on the University of Maine School of Law Board of Trustees as a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, among other community and professional organizations.
Anthony Kreisel of Sudbury, Mass., is a retired money manager who held several senior-level management positions at firms including Putnam Investments and Baring Asset Management. After receiving his bachelor's in economics at Franklin & Marshall in 1966, Kreisel earned his Master of Business Administration at Columbia University in 1968. His F&M College service includes previous terms on the Board of Trustees, from 1998 to 2013; serving on the Franklin & Marshall Admission Network (FAN); serving on the 2010 presidential search committee; and volunteering many times for Reunion.
Kenneth Mehlman is a partner and head of Global Public Affairs at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. in New York, N.Y. Previously he was the 62nd chair of the Republican National Committee and campaign manager for President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election. He also served in high-level positions at the White House and on Capitol Hill. After earning his bachelor's degree in government from Franklin & Marshall in 1988, Mehlman received his Juris Doctor from Harvard University School of Law in 1991. His F&M College service includes previous terms on the Board of Trustees, from 2003 to 2013; service on the Greek Alumni Council; and serving as a panelist at F&M forums on presidential politics in New York and Washington, D.C.
Laurence Shadek is managing director and member of Wellington Shields & Co LLC in New York, N.Y. He has worked for the brokerage firm since 1986, serving also on several boards for various funds. After earning his bachelor's degree in history at Franklin & Marshall in 1972, Shadek received a Master of Business Administration from New York University's Stern Graduate School of Business in 1983. He has served as chair of the board of Pax World Management Co. in Portsmouth, N.H., since 1996. His involvement with the College includes previous service on the Board of Trustees, from 1998 to 2013; serving on the Shadek Stadium Campaign Committee for the stadium for which his family donated the founding gift; serving on the Diplomat Athletic Club Advisory Council; and serving as a Reunion volunteer.
Alumni Board Trustee
Ricardo Rivers, the new Alumni Board trustee, is associate vice president-investments at Wells Fargo Advisors in New York, N.Y. He was previously a financial consultant at Citi Smith Barney. After receiving his bachelor's degree in anthropology from Franklin & Marshall in 1993, Rivers earned a Bachelor of Science at the Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 1996 and a Master of Business Administration at St. John's University in 2000. The incoming president of the F&M Alumni Association Board, Rivers also served as vice president of the association and has been a member since 2008. In addition, he is a member of the Franklin & Marshall Admission Network, the African American Alumni Council and Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. He is past president of the Alumni Greek Council.
In addition to the new trustees, the following current members of the board were re-appointed to five-year terms: Brian Hard, a parent of F&M graduates in the classes of 2001 and 2003 and president and CEO of Penske Truck Leasing; Raymond Sanseverino, a 1968 F&M alumnus and partner and chair of the Real Estate Department of the law firm Loeb & Loeb; H. Art Taylor, a 1980 F&M alumnus and president and CEO of BBB Wise Giving Alliance; and Frances Donnelly Wolf, a 1996 F&M alumna and Pennsylvania artist.