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Bowdoin College Trustees Elect New Members, Approve Emeritus Status

Story posted May 17, 2011

The Bowdoin College Board of Trustees elected seven new members, re-elected nine, and approved the election of six trustees — and an assistant secretary of the trustees — to emeritus status during its May 12-14, 2011, meetings on campus.

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The board of trustees elected Stewart Bainum Jr. P’14, Gregory B. Bowes ’83, Tasha vanderLinde Irving ’82, George A. Khaldun ’73, Kathleen K. Phillips ’99, John K. L. Thorndike ’02 and Karen Natalie Walker ’84 as trustees for a term of five years, effective July 1, 2011.

Stewart Bainum Jr., of Chevy Chase, Md., is chairman of the board of Choice Hotels International, Sunburst Hospitality Corp., and holding company Realty Investment Co., Inc. Choice Hotels, one of the largest and most successful lodging companies in the world, currently franchises more than 6,000 hotels in the U.S. and more than 35 countries and territories. Its brands include Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn. He is a former Maryland State Representative (1979-1983) and State Senator (1983-1987). Bainum, whose son Bradford is a member of the Class of 2014, is a thoroughbred breeder and owner of Din Widdie Farm.

Gregory B. Bowes, of Washington, D.C., and a member of the Class of 1983, is a co-founder and managing principal of Albright Capital Management, an emerging markets investment firm. Bowes has more than 25 years of experience in financial services/alternative asset management. Previously, he was with Greenwich Capital Markets, now part of Royal Bank of Scotland, where he established (and served as chairman of) Greenwich International, and Bankers Trust Company. Bowes' prior service to the College includes roles as associate class agent, a member of the President’s Visiting Committee and chair of the 25th Reunion Gift Committee.

Tasha vanderLinde Irving, of Falmouth, Maine, and a member of the Class of 1982, founded the Touchstone Community School, an independent co-operative elementary school, in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, in 2000. A noted musician by the time she was at Bowdoin, Irving taught for a number of years at Summer Sonatina, a summer music school run by her parents in Vermont. She was also a successful model, with assignments around the world during the 1980s. Irving has previously been involved with the College as a BASIC (Bowdoin Alumni and Schools Interviewing Committee) volunteer.

George A. Khaldun, of Valley Stream, N.Y., and a member of the Class of 1973, has worked at the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) for more than 20 years. Prior to becoming chief operating officer, he served as deputy to HCZ president Geoffrey Canada ’74. He was also a program director with HCZ’s foster care prevention program and after school programs. He was instrumental in the expansion of HCZ’s after school programs as well the Fifth Grade Institute and HCZ’s computer-based literature programs. He previously taught at both the primary and secondary school levels and was a professor at Bermuda College and an adjunct professor at the College of New Rochelle. Khaldun served as a panelist at anniversary celebrations of the John Brown Russwurm African American Center in 2000 and 2009, and at the 2002 Symposium on Race & Justice.

Kathleen K. Phillips, of New York, N.Y., and a member of the Class of 1999, is a partner with Berens Capital Management and a member of the Berens Investment Committee. She joined the firm in 2001 from BARRA Strategic Consulting Group, where she specialized in providing management consulting services to the asset management industry. Phillips’ prior service to the College includes membership on the Leadership Gift and Reunion Gift Committees and as a BASIC volunteer.

John K. Thorndike, of Brookline, Mass., and a member of the Class of 2002, is Deputy CIO of The Investment Fund for Foundations (TIFF), a cooperative-style investment organization with a mission of improving the investment returns of endowed charities. TIFF has 756 non-profit members with $8.6 billion in assets. Thorndike focuses on selecting and monitoring external managers and internally managed investments for the marketable investments program. In 2008, he completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School. Thorndike worked as a financial analyst in Bowdoin’s investment office during 2003-2004 and has served with the Bowdoin Career Advisory Network.

Karen Natalie Walker, of Alexandria, Va., and a member of the Class of 1984, is a litigator, concentrating on complex commercial litigation. She has a wide variety of trial, general litigation, negotiation, counseling and investigation experience including antitrust, product liability, health care, intellectual property and securities fraud, with special experience in complex class action litigation including multidistrict litigation. Walker’s previous service to the College includes roles as Alumni Fund director, BASIC volunteer, class agent and chair of the Leadership Gift and 25th Reunion Committees. Her daughter, Nancy Walker, has been admitted to the Class of 2015.

Nine trustees re-elected to serve another five-year term on the board, effective July 1, 2011, are Leonard W. Cotton ’71, Stephen F. Gormley ’72, Bradford A. Hunter ’78, Ann Hambelton Kenyon ’79, James W. MacAllen ’66, Henry T. A. Moniz ’86, H. Allen Ryan ’64, Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 and Sheldon M. Stone ’74.

Six board retirees — Tracy J. Burlock ’81, Marc B. Garnick ’68, Alvin D. Hall ’74, Karen T. Hughes P ’05, P’07, Lisa A. McElaney ’77 and John S. Osterweis ’64 — and Assistant Secretary of the Trustees David Treadwell ’64 were elected to emeritus status in recognition of devoted service to Bowdoin.

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