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Board of Trustees Elects New Members, Officers

Story posted June 15, 1999


June 1, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bowdoin board of trustees has elected three new members, reelected two members and elected officers.

Deborah Jensen Barker '80, Wanda Fleming Gasperetti '82 and Steven M. Schwartz '70 have been elected for the first time to serve five-year terms on the Bowdoin board of trustees. Philip R. Cowen and Robert F. White '77 were each elected to serve a second five-year term on the board. Donald R. Kurtz '52 was elected to serve a three-year term as chair; D. Ellen Shuman '76 was elected to serve a two-year term as vice-chair and Anne W. Springer '81 was elected to serve a five-year term as assistant secretary.

Barker graduated cum laude from Bowdoin and earned a master of business administration from Harvard. She worked in finance for years and is now an at-home parent. She has served on the boards of numerous organizations.

Gasperetti graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin and earned a master of public administration degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she was a public service fellow. She is a child and youth development policy consultant.

Schwartz is president and cofounder of Schwartz Communications, a high-tech public relations agency. He graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin. He earned a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University.

Cowen was elected to the board of overseers in 1993. He earned a bachelor's degree and master of business administration degree from New York University. Both of his children attended Bowdoin.

White is managing director of Bain Capital and a magna cum laude graduate of Bowdoin. He earned his master of business administration degree at Harvard. He has served as co-chair of the Reunion Giving Committee and as a member of the Class Campaign Committee.

Kurtz has served as a trustee since 1997 and served as an overseer from 1984 to 1996. He earned his master of business administration degree from Columbia University. He received the Alumni Service Award in 1997.

D. Ellen Shuman is vice president and chief investment officer for Carnegie Corporation of New York. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Bowdoin and earned a master's degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management. She has served on the board since 1992.

Springer is the associate dean of admissions at Bowdoin. She has also worked as director of alumni relations at Bowdoin and as a college relations coordinator and a personnel placement representative for J.C. Penney Co.

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