The 121st annual meeting of the University of Chicago Board of Trustees took place on campus on May 30-31. Members of the board received updates from President Robert J. Zimmer, vice presidents, deans and student liaisons about strategic initiatives to enhance the eminence and impact of the University.
Also at this meeting, Board of Trustees Chairman Andrew Alper began his second term as chairman, and Trustees elected five new members to the board.
The five new Trustees are David Brooks, New York Times op-ed columnist; Brady W. Dougan, CEO of Credit Suisse Group; John Edwardson, chairman of CDW Corporation; Alvaro Saieh, president of CorpGroup Holding; and Liz Thompson, non-profit organizer and noted philanthropist.
Alper, AB’80, MBA’81, who has served as a Trustee since 1999, was first elected chairman in June 2009, and was re-elected at the board’s March retreat.
During his first term as chair, Alper helped guide the board through careful deliberations about the financial crisis, providing board leadership that was essential in enabling the University to make progress on a broad range of strategic initiatives.
“The board, and particularly Andy Alper as chair, has provided critical leadership and support to allow the University of Chicago to achieve its ambitions,” said Zimmer. “I’m grateful to Andy for his continued leadership and his deep commitment to the success of the University. And we will benefit significantly from the knowledge and experience of our new board members, whose contributions will be informed by their outstanding accomplishments in their respective fields.”
Along with other business at the May meeting, the Trustees honored Harvey Plotnick, who is retiring from the board after 19 years of service.
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David Brooks has been an op-ed columnist for The New York Times since September 2003. A frequent commentator in the national media, Brooks spent nine years at The Wall Street Journal and has been a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly and a senior editor at The Weekly Standard. Brooks earned his bachelor’s degree from UChicago and has taught as a visiting professor of public policy at Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. In January he agreed to serve on the board of the University’s new Institute of Politics.