• Alumni Council Announces Slate of Candidates for Alumni Trustee

    Wednesday, January 12, 2005
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Balloting for the two alumni trustee vacancies on the Dartmouth Board of Trustees will begin March 7, 2005.

A total of six candidates- four nominated by Alumni Council and two nominated by alumni petitions are running to fill the two alumni trustee seats on the Board openning in June 2005.

Once again, all alumni will have the option to vote either via traditional paper ballot or the Dartmouth web site. If you have an email address on record with Dartmouth you will receive a paper ballot as well as an email instructing you on how to vote electronically. If you do not have a known email address, you will receive an official paper ballot. Both forms of communication will have your individual election validation number and instructions for voting. Stay tuned to the Dartmouth Alumni Relations web site () for full details on the upcoming election. Please contact the Alumni Relations office (alumni.relations@dartmouth.edu) if you have any questions.

The candidates are:

Sheila C. Cheston '80, Bethesda, MD

Sheila Chestonis Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, BAE SystemsNorth America, a $6 billion defense, aerospace and informationtechnology company. She also serves on BAE Systems' board of directors.Immediately prior to joining BAE Systems, Sheila was a partner atWilmer, Cutler & Pickering. She has held various politicalappointments in the US government, including General Counsel of theDepartment of the Air Force, and Special Associate Counsel to thePresident of the United States . As General Counsel of the USAF, Sheilaoversaw the work of approximately 1500 lawyers located around the world.

A 1984 graduate of Columbia University School of Law, she was anadjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School for ten years,where she taught international civil litigation. She is an officer andmember of the Board of Trustees of Freedom from Hunger, a non-profitorganization devoted to helping women and children in the poorest partsof the world. Sheila is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and amember of the Council on Foreign Relations.

At Dartmouth , Sheila rowed for the varsity crew team, was a teachingassistant in Italian and a freshman trip leader, and was a member ofthe Cobra Senior Society and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She was abiology major and studied abroad in Central America and Italy . Heralumni volunteer activities include fundraising for her class andenrollment interviewing.

Sheila and her husband journalist Graham Dower have a baby daughter named Emma.

Gregg L. Engles '79, Dallas

Gregg Englesis Chairman and CEO of Dean Foods Company, a $10 billion food andbeverage company. Dean Foods is the nation's largest processor anddistributor of milk and other dairy products, soymilk, organic milk andother organic foods. Gregg founded the Company as Suiza FoodsCorporation in 1993 with the acquisition of a small milk processor inSan Juan, Puerto Rico, and has built it into a Fortune 300 company with110 manufacturing facilities in the United States and Spain and 30,000employees worldwide. Gregg has acted as Chief Executive Officer andChairman of the Board since 1993.

A 1982graduate of Yale Law School, Gregg clerked for (now Supreme Court)Judge Anthony Kennedy before starting his career in the consumer goodsindustry. Active on many corporate boards, Gregg currently serves onthe Board of Directors of Grocery Manufacturers of America, Students InFree Enterprise, Southwestern Medical Foundation, Swift & Co., andthe Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at Southern MethodistUniversity.

At Dartmouth, Gregg graduated magna cum laude,and was a member of Chi Gamma Epsilon/Kappa Sigma fraternity. As analumnus, he has done fund raising for his class, most recently for his25 th reunion, and is a member of the President's Leadership Council.

Gregg lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Molly, and their daughter.

Richard W. Lewis '84, London

Ric Lewisis Chief Executive of Curzon Global Partners and the Senior ManagingDirector of IXIS AEW Europe, Curzon's European parent. He directsinvestment strategy and portfolio management for this internationalinvestment management firm which specializes in real estate. Based inLondon , he manages 210 colleagues in offices in London , Paris , Milan, Stockholm , Barcelona , Luxembourg , Warsaw , Budapest and Prague asthe Chief Investment Officer for the firm's '11 Billion ($14 Billion)investment portfolio.

At Dartmouth , Ricwas an economics major, played varsity basketball, was a member of ChiGamma Epsilon/Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Sphinx Society. He is afundraiser for his class, a member of the Black Alumni of DartmouthAssociation and currently serves on the Board of Visitors of theRockefeller Center at Dartmouth . Ric is also an alumnus of HarvardBusiness School (PMD).

Before relocating to London, Ric held positions on the Boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club of Boston, the I Have A Dream Foundation, the Hyams Foundation, the Judge Baker Children's Center, the International House of Blues Foundation and theGiving Back Fund. Ric spent 14 years as a Big Brother in the BigBrother/Little Brother Program. In 1998, the Boston Chamber of Commerce honored him as one of Boston 's Ten Outstanding Young Leaders.

Ric and his wife, Ilina Singh, an assistant professor at Cambridge University and the London School of Economics, have two daughters,Alessa (5) and Liana (2).

Peter Robinson '79, Stanford, CA

Peter Robinson '79, an author, television host, and former White Housespeech writer, is a Fellow at the Hoover Institution, the public policy research center at Stanford University.

Robinson served from 1982 to 1983 as chief speechwriter to Vice President George H. W. Bush. In 1983 Robinson joined President Ronald Reagan's staff, serving almost five years as speechwriter and special assistant, an experience he recounts in his 2003 book, How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life. Robinson provided the chief executive with more than 300 speeches, including the 1987 Berlin Wall address in which Reagan challenged Gorbachev to 'tear down this wall!'

At Dartmouth, where he was a member of Kappa Kappa Kappa, Robinson majored in English and worked for The Dartmouth as a reporter, columnist, and editor. After graduating from the College summa cum laude,Robinson attended Oxford University, at which he studied Philosophy,Politics, and Economics, graduating in 1981, and Stanford businessschool, from which he received an MBA in 1990. During the earlynineteen-nineties Robinson worked at the News Corporation, reporting tothe CEO, Rupert Murdoch, and at the Securities and Exchange Commission,serving as press secretary to the Chairman.

In1993 Robinson received an appointment at the Hoover Institution.Robinson now hosts the PBS public affairs television program, Uncommon Knowledge; edits a quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest;provides commentary for outlets such as National Public Radio and FoxNews; and devotes himself to writing. In addition to his book aboutPresident Reagan, Robinson has published a study of the RepublicanParty, It's My Party, and a book about business school, Snapshots From Hell: The Making of an MBA. He is currently working on a book about Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.

Robinson lives in northern California with his wife and their five children.

Curtis R. Welling '71, '77Tu, Wilton, CT

Curt Wellingis the President and CEO of AmeriCares, a non-profit disaster reliefand humanitarian aid organization. AmeriCares provides immediateresponse to emergency medical needs around the word, and also supportslong-term health programs in 40 countries. In its 22-year historyAmeriCares has delivered more than $4 billion in aid to 135 countries.

Humanitarian aid is a second career for Curt. He has an extensive background in global financial services. He was the CEO of Princeton eCom Corp, aleading electronic billing and payment company, and he spent more that20 years in the investment banking and securities industry. He wasPresident and CEO of SG Cowen Securities, and Executive Vice Presidentof Societe Generale Americas. He also held senior investment bankingand management positions with Credit Suisse First Boston and BearStearns.

Curt also has had long involvement in non-profit work. For ten years he was the Chair of Spence Chapin Services, a leading adoption and child services agency, and he was the founding Chair of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, an adoption research and advocacy organization. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Adirondack Council, an environmental advocacy organization, and a Trustee of the Weir Farm Historic Trust.

In addition to his Dartmouth undergraduate degree, Curt has an MBA fromTuck, where he was a Tuck Scholar, and a JD from Vanderbilt Law School.He was admitted to the bar in New York. At Dartmouth he was a RufusChoate Scholar, a sports broadcaster for WDCR, and a member of DragonSenior Society and Phi Delta Alpha fraternity. His extensive alumniinvolvement includes class executive committee, reunion and reuniongiving chair, President of the Dartmouth Alumni Council, and member ofthe Vanderbilt Law School Alumni Board.

Curt and his wife, Katharine Hutchins Welling '71A, have two children: Katie (22) and Alex (17).

Todd J. Zywicki '88, Falls Church, VA

Todd Zywickiis Visiting Professor of Law at the Georgetown Law Center for the 2004-05 academic year. He is visiting from George Mason University School of Law, where he is a tenured Professor of Law and Senior Research Fellow of the James Buchanan Center, Program on Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. In 2001 Professor Zywicki was voted 'Professorof the Year' by the George Mason Law School student body. In 2003-04 he served as Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Professor Zywicki has also taught at Boston College Law School and Mississippi College School of Law, and is a Fellow of the International Centre for Economic Research in Turin, Italy. Prior to becoming a professor, Zywicki clerked for Jerry E.Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and practicedlaw with Alston & Bird in Atlanta, Georgia.

The first person in his family to attend college, Professor Zywicki graduated from Dartmouth cum laudewith High Honors in his major (Government). While at Dartmouth, Zywickiwas Advertising Manager and a member of the Management Board of The Dartmouth, football reporter for The Dartmouth, Athletic Chair of Zeta Psi, and a broadcaster for baseball and men'sand women's basketball for WDCR radio. He received his J.D. from theUniversity of Virginia, and his Masters Degree in Economics fromClemson University.

Professor Zywicki is theauthor of more than 40 articles in leading academic journals. He has testified numerous times before Congress and is a frequent commentator in the print and broadcast media, and is Chair of the Academic Advisory Council of the Bill of Rights Institute. He enjoys fly fishing and hiking in Virginia's National Parks with Kim, his wife of ten years, and their two dogs.

A ballot with the slate of candidates will be sent to alumni in March. Petition candidates may have a place on the ballot provided they submit a petition form with 500 signatures of Dartmouth alumni. Only original, signed petitions in ink other than black will be accepted. Neither fax nor electronic petitions will be considered valid. The deadline for submitting petition forms is February 23, 2005. To view the Alumni Trustee Nomination Guidelines, click here.To receive a form, please write: Patricia Fisher '81, Director of Alumni Leadership, Dartmouth College, 6068 Blunt Alumni Center, Hanover, NH03755; email: Patricia.Fisher@dartmouth.edu; (603) 646-2258.