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Bowdoin Board Elects New Officer, Trustees

Story posted May 15, 2003

The Bowdoin College Board of Trustees elected a new vice chair and three new members during its May 8-10 meetings on campus.

Tracy J. Burlock of Newton, Mass., Bowdoin Class of 1981, was elected vice chair of the board of trustees for a three-year term expiring in 2006. Burlock succeeds D. Ellen Shuman of New Haven, Conn., Bowdoin Class of 1976, who served four years as vice chair. Shuman was re-elected to the board for an additional five-year term effective July 1.

The new members of the Board of Trustees, Bowdoin's governing body, are Jane L. Pinchin; Geoffrey C. Rusack, Bowdoin Class of 1978; and David P. Wheeler, Bowdoin Class of 1974. Each will serve a five-year term beginning July 1.

Pinchin, of Hubbardsville, N.Y., is vice president of academic advancement and Thomas A. Bartlett Chair in the Department of English at Colgate University, where she served as interim president in 2001-02. She is the author of the book Alexandria Still: Forster, Durrell and Cavafy, chapters on Lawrence and Gerald Durrell in Blood Brothers: Siblings as Writers, and articles in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Modern Fiction Studies, and Critical Essays on Lawrence Durrell. She is a graduate of Harpur College at SUNY-Binghamton, and earned her master's degree and doctorate at Columbia University. Pinchin's daughter Katerina is a member of the Bowdoin Class of 2001.

Rusack, of Santa Barbara, Calif., is president and vintner at Rusack Vineyards of Solvang, Calif. He is a 1978 graduate of Bowdoin, where he majored in government. While at Bowdoin he played rugby, was an illustrator for the Bowdoin Orient, was a photographer for the alumni magazine, and was a member of Bowdoin Art Associates, Masque & Gown, and the senior class council. He earned his J.D. at Pepperdine University, and is a transportation lawyer by training. Other board affiliations include USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and Laguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Wheeler, of London, England, is vice chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston Europe, a leading global investment banking and financial services firm. He graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin in 1974, and earned his MBA at the Wharton School. He was recently elected as vice chairman of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association and is a member of the board of directors of Ben Netherlands N.V. While a student at Bowdoin he majored in history and was a James Bowdoin Scholar. He served as student representative to the board of trustees, chaired the student judiciary board, was a student advisor in the history department, and was on the student council. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi, and played varsity lacrosse. His daughter Perrin is a member of Bowdoin's incoming Class of 2007.

In addition to Shuman, who is vice president and chief investment officer at Carnegie Corp., New York City, the following trustees were re-elected for another five-year term on the board: Laurie A. Hawkes '77 of Bronxville, N.Y., partner at U.S. Realty Advisors, LLC, New York City; Dennis J. Hutchinson '69 of Hindsdale, Ill., the William Rainey Harper Professor in the College and Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago; Linda H. Roth '76 of West Hartford, Conn., the Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts at Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; Richard H. Stowe P'99 of New York City, retired financial manager at Capital Counsel LLC, New York; John J. Studzinski '78 of London, England, co-head of corporate and international banking at HSBC Holdings PLC, London; and Donald M. Zuckert '56 of New Castle, N.H., vice chairman of Draft, Inc., New York City, and chair of the Bowdoin Board of Trustees.

Four board retirees were elected to emeritus status in recognition of devoted service to Bowdoin. Elected Trustee Emeritus were Peter F. Drake '76 of Lake Forest, Ill., managing director, Mayflower Partners of Lake Forest; David A. Olsen '59 of Salisbury, Conn.; Donald B. Snyder Jr. '50 of Stratham, N.H.; and Frederick G.P. Thorne '57 of Manchester, Mass., consultant, Frederick Thorne LLC, Beverly Farms, Mass.

The trustees elected two retiring staff members to emeritus status effective June 30. Assistant football and lacrosse coach Philip H. Soule of Brunswick was elected Coach in the Department of Athletics Emeritus, and Dianne M. Gutscher of Brunswick was elected Associate Curator for Special Collections Emerita.

In other business, the trustees promoted Shuqin Cui to the rank of Associate Professor of Asian Studies with tenure, effective July 1. Cui is a graduate of Xian Foreign Language Institute in China, and earned a master's degree at the University of Wisconsin and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. She joined the Bowdoin faculty in 2002.

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