Candidates for Alumni-Elected Trustees 2015

Voting for Alumni Trustees closed on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 5 p.m. Results will be forthcoming in June.

21 or more years past graduation

Harold Sogard ’74, P’17

[Harold Sogard ’74, P’17]

“I love, love, LOVE Wesleyan. It radically changed my life. And now my daughter (Class of ’17) is blossoming there as well.

“My wife has grown accustomed over the years to hearing me exclaim “that’s a Wesleyan person!” as I read in the news about yet another great achievement on the part of a Wesleyan alum in academia, the arts, business, public service, and science. But, unfortunately, it seems that in recent years I am also reading more and more frequently about not so positive things happening on campus. Stories about sexual harassment and rape, about binge drinking, about drug overdoses, and about suicide.

“None of these problems are unique to Wesleyan. And I know that President Roth and the entire faculty and administration are working hard to prevent such things.

“If I am elected to serve as a trustee, I would like to dedicate my three year term to doing whatever I can to help Wesleyan take a national leadership role in bringing these challenges to student health and safety under control.

“I can’t pretend to have any great solution in mind already. I’m not a psychiatrist or public health professional. But I would approach this issue as all Wesleyan-taught people would: with rigor, with deep questions, with collegiality, and with total determination to effect positive change.

“There are of course other important issues before Wesleyan and its trustees. I would certainly do my part to help on those too. But if, through focusing on the student health and safety issue, I can help even just one student make it through who might not have otherwise, that would be accomplishment enough for me.”

About

  • Tiburon, California
  • President, The Hive Advertising
  • Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, San Francisco Food Bank
  • ’74 Class Treasurer, former President of WESU-FM, and long-time Class Agent
  • MBA, Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago

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Ellen Glazerman ’84

[Ellen Glazerman ’84]

“Wesleyan made a significant contribution to my successes in life. In addition to providing an excellent education and helping me realize my own potential, the unique characteristics of a Wesleyan education helped me develop two skills critical for successful leadership today: the pedagogical priority to question deeply, appropriately and consistently, and the desire to actively participate in a diverse community where everyone brings something of great value.

“I have worked in and with higher education for the last thirty years. Interacting with literally hundreds of colleges and universities and their graduates, I have not come across another school that ingrains critical thinking, skepticism and perspective into its curriculum the way I experienced it at Wesleyan. Learning how and when to question in a respectful but persistent way is, in my opinion, the single skill that makes Wesleyan graduates stand out and helps them succeed. Wes alumni are able to look at situations critically and also to see them in relation to the bigger picture. Thanks to the skills I developed at Wes, I am greatly valued as someone who can contribute to any large firm project because I ask the right questions and can lobby people behind new ideas and insight.

“I would love to be a trustee at Wesleyan because I have spent the last 30 years working with and for higher education. I understand the uniqueness of Wesleyan as an educational institution. I have worked closely with public and private, big and small, specialized and liberal arts institutions. Through my role at Ernst & Young, I have come to understand the uniqueness of faculties, the priorities of students, the interests of parents and the business of providing education to many. I would be honored to have the opportunity to apply that experience to the institution that I love and do whatever I can do to help Wesleyan continue to prosper in an increasingly competitive and disrupted environment.”

About

  • Short Hills, New Jersey
  • Executive Director, Ernst & Young Foundation, and Director of University Relations, Americas, for EY
  • Current finance committee member for the American Accounting Association, former Board member of the Sponsoring Task Force, former Board member for Accounting Programs Leadership Group, former Vice President, Practice, for the American Accounting Association
  • Former reunion committee member, former Career Advisory Council member, former WESeminar committee member, former Nominating Committee member
  • MBA, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

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David Davenport ’88

[David Davenport ’88]

“Whatever you bring to Wesleyan, I have found that the University will nurture and challenge intellectual curiosity with surprising and exciting returns. I went to Wesleyan with an interest in writing plays, graduated as a government major and went on to write political speeches for elected officials before transitioning to finance and entrepreneurship.

“During my years on campus, I served on the WSA for 2 years, wrote for the Argus, started a literary magazine, a black men’s discussion group, and served as an officer of a fraternity. Combined with critical reasoning developed through the academic program, these experiences created relationships that have grown into a strong network.

“Over the years, Wesleyan has built on its liberal arts heritage while creating new programs, new schools, and new disciplines. We must continue to innovate in ways that make the Wesleyan experience more vital in the years to come.

“I bring unique career experiences from government, development of school facilities, years of finance, and more recently entrepreneurship to the table and will be honest about what I think is best for the Wesleyan community.

“For example – I worked at a leading credit rating agency in the higher education group during which time I traveled the country evaluating the curricula, management, matriculation, facilities and endowments of colleges and universities and gave them a published letter grade. I have also served on a number of non-profit Boards, appointed positions, and serve as the President of a scholarship fund.

“Today, I manage an energy service company that is working to finance and deliver energy efficiency and renewable energy to many of the largest buildings in New York City. This is an interest that I would represent on the Board. Most importantly, I am proud to be a Wesleyan alum, and willing to work”.

About

  • New York, New York
  • Managing Principal, Urban Greenfit, LLC
  • Member and Co-Chairman of Economic Initiatives for the 100 Black Men of New York
  • Kwanzaa celebration host, Psi Upsilon member, former Wesleyan Student Assembly member, former Student Affairs Committee member
  • MBA, Columbia University

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20 or fewer years past graduation

Marcus Chung ’98

[Marcus Chung ’98]

“Wesleyan is a community of individuals who excel by thinking creatively and critically. This ability to challenge the status quo, to analyze problems and develop creative solutions has allowed me to find success in the field of corporate social responsibility, a discipline that requires testing innovative ideas toward solving some of the world’s greatest problems like extreme poverty, gender inequality and climate change. This intellectual curiosity helps me spend my days as a change agent focused on using the private sector’s tremendous resources to build a better, more just world.

“More than anything, I associate my Wesleyan experience first with an abundance of rich, challenging discourse (both within the classroom and outside) that pushed me to learn more about myself and understand different perspectives. It was also at Wesleyan where I built lifelong friendships that have supported, empowered and emboldened me both personally and professionally since graduation. Finally, I would share my belief that Wesleyan instills in its students a confidence to achieve excellence – whether in academics, public service or private industry, Wesleyan alumni are consistently among each sector’s leaders.

“I have direct experience as a non-profit board member through my service on Net Impact’s board of directors where I led the growth of the nonprofit from a $1.8million to a $3.6 million organization during a period when non-profits were challenged by a difficult fundraising environment. Furthermore, I serve on the advisory boards of Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship and UC Berkeley’s Center for Responsible Business. These experiences, coupled with years of leading large global teams in the private sector, will make me an effective Trustee. I have a proven track record of helping organizations set strategic courses while offering practical, action-oriented solutions.”

About

  • San Francisco, California
  • Vice President, Social Responsibility & Vendor Compliance, The Children’s Place
  • Alumni Advisory Board member, Center for Responsible Business, University of California at Berkley, and former Board member at Net Impact
  • Current Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Advisory Board member, former class secretary, former admissions interviewer, former Senior Class Secretary of the Wesleyan Student Assembly, former men’s swimming team tri-captain
  • MBA, University of California at Berkeley

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Carolyn Haney ’01

[Carolyn Haney ’01]

“Since graduating from Wesleyan in 2001, I have been very involved in the non-profit community in Austin, Texas. In 2011, I started a non-profit, WeViva, which provides affordable and accessible fitness and nutrition programs to people in low-income communities. In developing this non-profit, and currently managing the non-profit, I use skills that I learned at Wesleyan every day in my psychology classes.

“I also know that working collaboratively with others in the non-profit world is highly beneficial to the success of WeViva. I learned this skill not only in the dorm setting at Wesleyan, but also through being involved in sports teams, volunteering in the community and working at 8-8 at Wesleyan.

“Being at Wesleyan encouraged me to think outside the box and to “take the road less traveled”, hence starting a non-profit focused on adults and health/wellness. Teaching adults (mainly mothers) to become healthier provides them with tools to be positive role models in their lives. Lastly, here in Austin, although we are far away from Wesleyan, I have stayed in close contact with many people from Wesleyan. Maintaining these relationships is very important to me and this is something that was stressed to me while I was there.

“To me, Wesleyan embodies open-mindedness, and emphasizes that people are individuals and questioning is important. My experiences at Wesleyan have brought me to where I am today. I currently work very closely with a board of directors, so I am familiar with the commitment and energy it takes to be on a board. I have also served on numerous committees and boards previously.

“I am passionate about Wesleyan and have financially given to the university throughout the last 13 years. Living in Austin, Texas may provide me with a perspective that might be unique to the Board.”

About

  • Austin, Texas
  • Founder and executive director, WeViva
  • Former board member for the Mountain School of Milton Academy, and development committee member at the KIPP Charter School
  • Former Wesleyan Student Assembly member and Crisis hotline Listene, former member of the women’s crew and squash teams
  • MSW, University of Texas at Austin

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David Stone ’04

[David Stone ’04]

“Wesleyan cultivates creative thinkers, encouraging students to reach across academic disciplines to find more complete answers to difficult questions. The impact is clear in my professional work: I spend most days thinking critically about complex issues, then articulating my thoughts and strategy to others. My clients are writers, directors, and actors, so the ability to engage on a creative level is also an essential element.

“On a personal level, Wesleyan reinforced my belief that a fulfilling life is a balanced life. At Wesleyan I was a double major, the captain of the Men’s Soccer Team, and the Chair of the Student Judicial Board. But I never allowed these obligations to interfere with my commitment to my family, friends, and the larger community. Today, in addition to my professional work, I remain involved in US Soccer, The Alliance for Children’s Rights, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Polytechnic School, and of course Wesleyan University.

“Wesleyan is creative; it encourages diverse and eclectic thought. Wesleyan is a unique place, a special place. That uniqueness is part of what makes Wesleyan, Wesleyan. Thirdly, Wesleyan is a place that allows students to define their own path. My range of experiences while I was at Wes, from athletics to academics, is something I frequently discuss with potential students. If you want to do it all, as I did, the Wes community supports and encourages that.

“I have a passion for Wesleyan, and it is a passion I am determined to share. I believe we are all stewards of the University, its legacy, and its future. In many ways, the role of a Trustee is a natural extension of my relationship to and my recent work with the University. I have always sought to distinguish Wesleyan, to build and extend our community, and to increase our fundraising capabilities while protecting what makes our alma mater special. I have hosted the annual GOLD party in Los Angeles for the last three years, worked on my 10 Year Reunion Host Committee, and created and supported internship opportunities and workplace shadowing opportunities for both students and young alumni. I was the proud recipient of the Wesleyan University Service Award in 2014. I am humbled and honored by this opportunity, and I look forward to continuing to represent our community.”

About

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Agent at William Morris Endeavor Agency
  • Board member at the Polytechnic School in Pasadena, California
  • GOLD party host, former reunion committee member, former member of the Wesleyan Student Assembly and men’s soccer team
  • MFA, University of Southern California, Peter Stark Producers Program
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