Kanwal Matharu elected Young Alumni Trustee
- Posted on June 12, 2013
- | by Ushma Patel, Office of Communications
Eight named to Princeton Board of Trustees
courtesy of princeton university office of communications
The new trustees are: Katherine Brittain Bradley, who was elected by the board to serve for eight years as charter trustee; Denny Chin, Arminio Fraga and Margarita Rosa, who were elected by the board to serve for four years as term trustees; Victoria Bjorklund, Steven Leach and Sheryl WuDunn, who were elected by alumni to serve four years as alumni trustees; and Kanwal Matharu, who was elected by the junior, senior and two youngest alumni classes to serve four years as young alumni trustee.
Biographical information about the new trustees follows:
Bjorklund, of Plandome, N.Y., is of counsel to the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where she spent 30 years as an associate and partner practicing nonprofit law. She also teaches on nonprofit law at Harvard Law School. After graduating from Princeton in 1973 with an independent concentration in medieval studies, Bjorklund earned a Ph.D. in medieval studies at Yale University and a law degree at Columbia Law School. She is a member of Princeton's Gift Planning Advisory Committee and has served on a capital campaign committee.
Bradley, of Washington, D.C., is the co-founder and president of the CityBridge Foundation, a philanthropic group helping to build a citywide system of high-performing public schools in Washington, D.C. Among her many civic activities, she is a board member of the University of the District of Columbia. A 1986 Princeton graduate with a degree in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Bradley previously served as a term trustee from 2008 to 2012 and chaired the committee on public affairs. She has also volunteered with the Alumni Schools Committee; the Wilson School's 75th anniversary celebration; and the Aspire campaign's regional steering committee, special gifts committee and Annual Giving class leadership participation efforts.
Chin, of New York, has been a federal judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit since 2010 and is an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law. He previously served as judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, co-founder of a law firm, as assistant U.S. attorney and clerk for a U.S. District Court judge. Chin graduated from Princeton in 1975 with a degree in psychology and received his J.D. from Fordham. He is an active participant of Princeton's Asian American Alumni Association and Alumni Schools Committee. Chin was the recipient of the 2011 Woodrow Wilson Award, bestowed annually upon an undergraduate alumnus or alumna whose career embodies the call to duty in Wilson's famous speech, "Princeton in the Nation's Service."
Fraga, of Rio de Janiero, is the co-founding partner of Gávea Investimentos, a leading asset management firm in Brazil. He also chairs the board of directors of Brazil's securities, commodities and futures exchange, BM&FBOVESPA. After earning his B.A. and M.A. in economics at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Fraga received a Ph.D. in economics at Princeton in 1985. He is a member of Princeton's Global Leadership Committee, the Bendheim Center for Finance Advisory Council and the Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies; he is also a board member of the Princeton Club of Brazil. The University awarded him the 2013 James Madison Medal, presented annually to an alumnus or alumna of the Graduate School who has had a distinguished career, advanced the cause of graduate education or achieved an outstanding record of public service.
Leach, of Baltimore, is the Paul K. Neumann Professor in Pancreatic Cancer Research; professor of surgery, oncology and cell biology; and vice chair for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University's McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine. He is both a cancer surgeon and a researcher studying the pancreatic cancer genome. Leach graduated from Princeton in 1982 with a degree in biology, and he earned his M.D. from Emory University. Over the years, he has volunteered with Princeton's Alumni Schools Committee and the Class of 1982 25th Reunion leadership team.
Matharu, of New Orleans, graduated this year with a degree in molecular biology and certificates in neuroscience and global health and health policy. He was co-founder of the Sikhs of Princeton and Princeton Bhangra student organizations; a residential college adviser in Forbes College; volunteer junior member of the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad; and a member of the Pace Council on Civic Values, Cap and Gown eating club and freshman crew team. After graduation, Matharu will attend the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and plans to practice medicine.
Rosa, of New York, is the executive director of Grand St. Settlement, a nonprofit organization providing essential programs and services to more than 10,000 low-income residents of the Lower East Side in Manhattan and Bushwick, Brooklyn. After earning her bachelor's degree in history at Princeton in 1974, Rosa received a law degree from Harvard Law School. She is a board member of Princeton AlumniCorps and the Association of Latino Princeton Alumni.
WuDunn, of New York, is an entrepreneur, best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from her time as a foreign correspondent for The New York Times. She is a senior managing director at Mid-Market Securities, a boutique banking company, working with entrepreneurs in new media, media technology and social enterprise; she is also the founder and president of TripleEdge, a social investing consultancy. WuDunn holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, where she served as a trustee, and she also has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA in 1988 from the Wilson School. She served on the Wilson School's advisory council from 2001 to 2009.
Completing their terms as trustees on June 30 are Elizabeth Dilday, William Fung, Julia Haller Gottsch, Peter Lewis, David Offensend and George Will.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall direction of the University. It approves the operating and capital budgets, supervises the investment of the University's endowment and oversees campus real estate and long-range physical planning. The trustees also exercise review and oversight of changes in major policies, such as those involving admission and financial aid.