Charles Wrubel ’59 P’85 P’88
“From the period of required core curricula to the current ‘build your own double major’ possibilities, I have been pleased to be part of our university that is diverse, flexible, and responsive to cultural changes. We all are changed by the Wes experience in the way we think about critical issues and relate to the world around us. Keeping Wesleyan’s collective mind open to the latest ideas will insure the continuing growth of our University. But Wesleyan also needs to enable access to the university experience for qualified students regardless of financial means. To be competitive with our peer schools, Wesleyan must redouble its efforts to increase its endowment.”
Charlie is president of Wrubel Communications, a private communications company in Fairlawn, New Jersey. Charlie served as partner at Admedia Partners specializing in newspaper transactions and advisory assignments. Prior to that he was president and publisher of regional non-daily newspapers in two counties in New Jersey.
Daniel Prieto ’91
“My abiding memory of Wesleyan is of conversation. Not any particular conversation, but an ongoing conversation among students and professors, and with the authors, artists, scientists, and scholars we studied. We learned to think critically about everything, to stand up for our beliefs, to value difference, and to make a positive impact on things that matter.
“In a world where many argue for greater specialization, too many argue that a liberal education is of diminishing value. That is wrong. Today’s toughest challenges—inequality, climate, healthcare, terrorism—require creative, multidisciplinary thinking. Solutions will not come from redoubling the efforts of technicians and technocrats. Places like Wesleyan are more important than ever.
“I have applied Wesleyan’s ideals daily in my 20+ year career in strategy, management, finance, and technology. If elected, I will seek to strengthen Wesleyan’s educational and financial performance, grow public recognition for Wesleyan’s achievements, and deepen relationships between students and alumni, particularly regarding mentorship and career development.”
Dan is a Senior Associate at Center for Strategic and International Studies, a leading security and international affairs think tank. He is a seasoned business and technology executive previously serving as a VP at IBM, as an executive at America Online, and earlier at J.P. Morgan as an investment banker. Daniel has had a 20+ year career in strategy, management, finance, and technology. He mentors entrepreneurs in developing countries, helped found a Washington, D.C. public charter school; and serves on the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Academy of Sciences.
Tracey Gardner ’96
“Wesleyan attracts a stellar student body that is diverse across multiple dimensions. Faculty and staff provide an environment that enables students to have transformative experiences. Alumni take leadership roles in organizations and institutions across the globe. I am proud to be a member of such an impressive, passionate, and engaged community.
“I understand the challenges facing higher education and also the possibilities for strengthening the role and position of academic institutions nationally and globally. I’m eager to work with Wesleyan in pursuit of our mission to provide a liberal arts education ‘characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism.’ I cherish Wesleyan and see our relationship as analogous to a marriage. A mutual friend connected us and I fell in love at first sight. Over the years, we’ve delighted, challenged, disagreed with, and supported each other. I would be honored to deepen this relationship and represent my peers by serving as an alumni-elected trustee.”
Tracey is Chief of Staff at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the #6 school of public affairs according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings. She partners with the Dean, senior leadership team, and faculty to set strategy for and manage the school. Her portfolio also includes external affairs, diversity initiatives, and special projects.