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Seven appointed to Board of Trustees

Seven new trustees have been appointed to the Lehigh University Board of Trustees.

Paul D. Bosco ’80, Peter C. Diamond, Jordan Hitch ’88, Stephen K. Klasko ’74 and Frank E. “Ted” Walsh III ’88 were all nominated to serve as Appointed Trustees during the Board’s June meetings. Additionally, Michael J. Connor ’80 and Gina Leffler Whitfield ’05 were appointed as Alumni Trustees.

The new trustees’ terms will officially begin on July 1 and run until June 30, 2017.

“As we extend farewell and best wishes to President Alice Gast and look forward to welcoming the 14th President of Lehigh, we know that transitions are inevitable, mandatory and essential to the growth and sustenance of our beloved alma mater,” said Brad Eric Scheler ’74, P’05, P’08, PG’09, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

“And so it is with the membership of our Board of Trustees,” said Scheler. “As we relay our utmost thanks and appreciation to Peter Bennet, John Delaney, Jim Flanagan, Jim Hernjak and Ralph Thomas for their years of service as members of the Board, we welcome to the Board our newest members, Paul Bosco, Peter Diamond, Jordan Hitch, Stephen Klasko, Frank ‘Ted’ Walsh, Michael J. Connor and Gina Leffler Whitfield.

“The service and commitment to Lehigh of our Board members brings to Lehigh utmost benefit.”

Paul D. Bosco ’80 of Concord, Massachusetts, is Vice President of Market Development at Cisco Systems Inc., driving strategic initiatives with leading internet, telecommunications, and media firms. Paul earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Lehigh in 1980. He earned an M.S. and MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1982 and 1983 respectively, and an M.S. from Yale University in 1984. As an undergraduate, Paul was a member of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. As an alumnus, Paul is a member of the Lehigh Engineering Advisory Council and Career Advisory Network. Paul received Outstanding Technical Innovation Awards and Leadership Awards for his contributions to the Internet and National Science Foundation network.

Michael J. Connor ’80 ’14P, of Morris Plains, New Jersey, is the Chief Executive Officer of Market News International Inc. (MNI), a leading real-time news agency that provides global capital markets with relevant trading information. He is also Head of Section for MNI’s parent company, Deutsche Boerse News Group. He is responsible for managing the production, delivery and sales of MNI’s news and analysis products. Michael earned a B.S. in accounting from Lehigh in 1980. As an undergraduate, he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and Mustard and Cheese, President of the Newman Association, a member of the senior gift campaign, a music critic for The Brown and White and played intramural sports. As an alumnus, Michael served as President of the LUAA Board of Directors, as a founding member and past President of the Wall Street Council and as a member of the Career Advisory Network. He received Lehigh’s Alumni Award at his 30th reunion in 2010.

Peter C. Diamond, of New York, is Senior Vice President, Programming for NBC Olympics at NBCUniversal. A 14-time Emmy Award-winner, Peter is responsible for programming NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Games and United States Olympic Trials. He has been the U.S. network Olympic programmer every Summer Games since 1984 and every Winter Games since 2002. The 2016 Rio Olympics will be his 17th – more than any broadcast network executive in television history. Peter graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in history in 1974. Peter’s father, Ted Diamond ’37 ’85H (deceased), earned a B.A. in chemistry from Lehigh in 1937 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree by Lehigh in 1985.

Jordan Hitch ’88, of Wellesley, Massachusetts, is a Managing Director of Bain Capital, one of the world’s leading private, alternative asset management firms. He joined Bain Capital in 1997. Jordan graduated from Lehigh in 1988 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and he earned an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1995. As an undergraduate, Jordan was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. He currently serves on the board of several Bain Capital companies including Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Burlington Stores, and Gymboree. He also serves on the Board of Cradles to Crayons, a Boston based nonprofit.

Stephen K. Klasko ’74 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System. Previously, Stephen was the CEO of USF Health and Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida (USF). At USF, he led, designed and built CAMLS (Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation), the world’s largest center aimed at ensuring medical competence, and the SELECT program, a partnership between USF Health and the Lehigh Valley Health Network (where he served as a trustee), in which medical students are chosen based on emotional intelligence and leadership potential. Stephen earned a B.A. in biology from Lehigh in 1974 and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. He earned an MD from Hahnemann University and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at HealthEast Teaching Hospitals. As an undergraduate, Stephen was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. As an alumnus, he served as a member of his 25th Reunion Fund Committee and as a member of the Lehigh Engineering Advisory Council.

Frank E. “Ted” Walsh III ’88 of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is Founding Partner of WR Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity investment partnership, and Vice President of Jupiter Capital Management Partners. Jupiter and its affiliates invest in a wide variety of public and private securities on behalf of their clients. Ted earned a B.S. in marketing from Lehigh in 1988. As an undergraduate, he was a member of the Newman Association and Beta Theta Pi fraternity. As an alumnus, Ted is a member of the College of Business and Economics Dean’s Advisory Council and the Career Advisory Network. Ted serves as a Director of First Constitution Bancorp (NASDAQ: FCCY) where he is a member of the audit and compensation committees. He is also a Director and Audit Committee member for World Point Holdings, which operates petroleum storage facilities primarily in North America. He also serves as a Trustee for St. Benedict’s Prep School in Newark, New Jersey, and is an officer of two other private foundations. Ted’s father, Frank E. Walsh Jr., graduated from Lehigh in 1963.

Gina N. Whitfield ’05 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a Business Development Manager at Sunoco Logistics and has worked for the company since graduation. After completing several engineering assignments, she was promoted to her current role, which focuses on developing pipeline projects for Sunoco’s crude oil assets. She earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Lehigh in 2005 and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. As an undergraduate, Gina was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, the cheerleading team, the Association of Student Alumni, the Admissions Fellows and the Senior Class Gift Committee. During her time at UT, Gina was a member of the Graduate Business Council and the McCombs Admissions Committee. She also established the inaugural Texas MBA Houston Women’s Forum and received the Dean’s Leadership and Service award. As an alumna, Gina is a member of the Alumni Admissions Outreach, Career Advisory Network and the LUAA Club Board. She has served as a member of her Reunion Fund Committee, the LUAA Young Alumni Council and the LUAA Board of Directors.

Photos by John Kish IV

Story by Tim Hyland

Posted on Friday, June 13, 2014

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