Board of Trustees


Our expert leadership.

The Board of Trustees delegates operational authority to the president as the University’s chief executive officer with the expectations of transparency, accountability, performance, collaboration and service as the face and voice of the University.

A senior administrative team of five vice presidents reports to the president and works collaboratively to establish and achieve institutional priorities. This organizational structure provides continuous review of progress against goals and facilitates data-driven decision making.

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Front Row L-R: Z. Paul Akian, Lois C. Schlissel, Ronald B. Lee, Thomas F. Motamed, Charles Tolbert,
Angela M. Jaggar, Jeffrey Bolton, Grace C. Pilcer​​
Middle Row L-R: ​Paul Salerno, N. Gerry House, Arun Agrawal, Robert B. Willumstad, Christine M. Riordan,
Frank Angello, Loretta Cangialosi, Helene Sullivan
Back Row L-R: Jeffrey R. Green, Noreen Harrington, Ivaylo Ninov, Osbert Hood, Susan H. Murphy, Adaeze Udoji, William Tenet

Robert B. Willumstad ’05 (Hon)
Chairman, Board of Trustees

Brysam Global Partners

Thomas F. Motamed B.A.’71, J.D.
Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

CNA Financial Corporation

Frank Angello B.B.A. ’77, M.B.A.
Secretary, Board of Trustees

Former Chief Financial Officer

Lighthouse International
Former Chief Financial Officer

JPMorgan Treasury & Securities Services Group

Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.
President, Adelphi University

Steven N. Fischer
Chairman EmeritusBoard of Trustees
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mechanical Technology Inc.

Steven L. Isenberg ’00 (Hon.)
Chairman Emeritus
Board of Trustees
Former Publisher

New York Newsday

Arun K. Agrawal, MBA ’12, MD
Founder, President, and CEO
Garden City Medical Services

Z. Paul Akian B.A. ’64
Chief Executive Officer
Western Filter, Western FluiDyne, Integra Technologies

Jeffrey Bolton B.A. ’61 
Retired Managing Director
Neuberger Berman, Inc.

Loretta Cangialosi B.B.A. ’80
Senior Vice President and Controller
Pfizer, Inc.

Jeffrey R. Greene, M.B.A.
Global Transaction Leader
for Life Sciences

Ernst & Young, LLP

Noreen Harrington B.S. ’81
Alternative Investments
MD Sass

Osbert Hood B.S. ’86, M.B.A
Chief Operating Officer

Advent Capital Management, LLC

N. Gerry House, Ed.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Institute for Student Achievement

Angela M. Jaggar B.S. ’62, M.A. ’65, Ph.D.
Retired Professor
New York University
School of Education

Laurence Kessler B.A.’65
Founder and Co-owner

Kessler Restaurants

Ronald B. Lee B.A. ’67
Founder and Chairman Emeritus

Lee, Nolan and Koroghlian, LLC

Lindsey Kupferman Levine M.A. ’02, Ph.D. ’06
Columbia University
Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons

Susan Murphy, Ph.D.
Vice President Emerita
Cornell University

Ivaylo Ninov ’08
Chief Financial Officer
Western Management Corp.

Grace Pilcer M.A. ’79, Ph.D. ’84
Clinical Psychologist

Private Practice

Peter Principato B.A. ’87
Founding Partner

Principato-Young Entertainment

Paul Salerno B.B.A. ’76
Retired Managing Partner, Melville Office

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Lois C. Schlissel, J.D.
Managing Attorney; President
Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.

Patrick S. Smalley B.A. ’86
Executive VP and Managing Director


Helene Sullivan B.B.A.’79
Retired Chief Financial Officer

Save the Children

William Tenet B.A. ’75, M.D.
Medical Director

NYU Langone Cardiovascular Associates
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine,

NYU School of Medicine

Charles Tolbert
Attorney and Agent
Law Offices of Charles Tolbert

Adaeze Udoji B.A. ’08, J.D. 
Wilson, Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Trustees Emeriti

Richard C. Cahn

Michael J. Campbell ’65

Joan S. Girgus, Ph.D.

Palmina R. Grella, M.B.A. ’73

John J. Gutleber B.B.A. ’68, M.B.A.’70

Michael L. Lazarus ’67

Thomas Dixon Lovely ’54, ’04 (Hon.)

Horace G. McDonell, Jr. ’52, ’02 (Hon.)

Leon M. Pollack ’63

Marjorie Weinberg-Berman, M.S. ’61

Barry T. Zeman

Upcoming Meetings 

2016 Board Of Trustees Meeting Dates

  • Inauguration of President Christine M. Riordan—Friday, March 11, 2016
  • 16th Annual President’s Gala—Saturday evening, March 12, 2016
  • Saturday & Sunday, March 12 & 13, 2016
  • Monday, June 6, 2016
  • Sunday/Monday, September 18 & 19, 2016
  • Monday, December 12, 2016

2017 Board Of Trustees Meeting Dates

  • 17th Annual President’s Gala—Saturday, March 18, 2017 tentative
  • Sunday & Monday, March 19 & 20, 2017
  • Monday, June 12, 2017
  • Sunday & Monday, September 17 & 18, 2017
  • Monday, December 11, 2017