2014 Alumni Elected Trustees

Lawrence “Muzzy” Rosenblatt ’87

[Muzzy Rosenblatt ’87]

“We have accomplished much, but it is the qualities of who we are that defines and distinguishes us as Wes alumni: caring, generous, open-minded, thoughtful, creative…and most of all, confident. This is what makes Wes exceptional. Wesleyan saw our potential. Wes pushed us outside our comfort zone to engage and embrace diverse ideas and diverse people, to experiment, take risks, and find our voice, all while contributing to a harmony on campus and in Middletown.

“Like many of us, I was a young person who found my voice and confidence at Wesleyan. I have striven to maintain these values in my work, believing in those who have struggled, seeing their potential, creating opportunities for them to achieve, inspiring them to do so and celebrating their success.

“Now I’d like to come back to where it all started, where we found our identity, and help ensure that the opportunity we had continues and is preserved for the future. I not only understand and appreciate this responsibility; I know what it takes to make it a reality. I’ve created, turned-around and led large nonprofit and governmental organizations, improving mission-driven outcomes, while maintaining fiscal stability. I would be honored to be elected by my fellow alumni to serve as a Wesleyan trustee.”

  • Executive Director, BRC, one NYC’s most effective housing and social services nonprofits.
  • Served 3 NYC Mayors, from entry level to Commissioner of Homeless Services
  • 25+ years fighting poverty in NYC.
  • Treasurer for the Garden School and former member of the Board of Directors for NYC’s Project Ezra.
  • Current advisory board member for Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship; WEServe planner and host; Wesleyan Alumni in Philanthropy and Public Services supporter; Career Center volunteer; sponsor winter/summer interns; and former member of the 25th Reunion committee.
  • MPA, New York University.

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Saeyun Lee ’93

[Saeyun Lee ’93]

“Wesleyan University is a truly exceptional institution because it encourages students to push intellectual and personal boundaries, promotes diversity of thought and experiences, and provides access to expansive academic and extracurricular opportunities. My years at the University have made me the woman I am today, and my appreciation for the institution has only increased over time.

“The opportunity and challenge for Wesleyan is to ensure that it responds to the evolving needs of an increasingly diverse and vibrant student body, as well as the changing educational, economic, and global landscape – all while promoting the same principles that have been cherished by multiple generations of students and alumni.

“As an alumni-elected trustee, I will utilize my twenty years of experience in the education sector to ensure that all current and future Wesleyan students – especially those who may have not had consistent access to high-quality educational opportunities – will have transformative educational experiences that will enable them to achieve college, career, and lifelong success. I am excited about the future of our institution, committed to supporting University efforts to achieve strategic goals, and honored to be included on the ballot for alumni-elected trustees.”

  • Senior Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.
  • Served as adjunct faculty member, Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  • Served as the Policy Director, Executive Office of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Former Assistant Dean of Admission at Wesleyan.
  • Past Tri-Chair of the Wesleyan Alumni of Color Network, Chair of the Wesleyan Asian Pacific American Alumni Council, and Class Agent for the Class of 1993
  • Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education; Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Kennedy Odede ’12

[Kennedy Odede ’12]

“When I was eighteen, I had a job in a factory where I performed hard labor—dangerous work-for $1 per day. Without Wesleyan, this was going to be my entire life. At 23-years-old my life changed forever: I was offered a full scholarship to Wesleyan University.

“What Wesleyan did for me defines the very highest potential of a liberal arts education. Wesleyan is a place that takes big risks—and allows you to do the same. At Wesleyan, students dare to hope, and this then creates more hope in the world. Wesleyan produces thinkers and dreamers who say “yes” to new possibilities and challenges. Wesleyan has given me so much, and it is truly important to me that throughout my life I try to repay my incredible debt to Wesleyan. If given a chance to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees, I will draw on my experience and connections to ensure Wesleyan continues to be an institution that takes chances to engage with the world, and proves again and again that it does not matter where you come from—only where you want to go.”

  • Internationally recognized community organizer and social entrepreneur. Founder of Shining Hope for Communities, largest grassroots organization in Kenyan slums.
  • Named to Forbes “30 Under 30” for top Social Entrepreneurs. Recipient of fellowships from Echoing Green, the Aspen Institute and over 10 global awards for leadership.
  • Member of the Clinton Global Initiative, featured for Outstanding Commitment to Action by President & Chelsea Clinton.
  • Writes opinion pieces that have appeared in The New York Times, CNN, and Project Sydicate; featured five times by Nicholas Kristof in the NYT.
  • Advisory board member for Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship
  • 2012 class commencement speaker.

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