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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2017 Board Trustees

Front Row L-R: Kanishka Kelshikar, Lindsey Kupferman Levine, Leonard Achan, Board Vice Chair Susan H. Murphy, Ivaylo Ninov, Angela Jaggar, Frank Angello, Loretta Cangialosi
Middle Row L-R: Charles Tolbert, Katherine Quintana Malone, Arun Agrawal, Board Chair Ronald B. Lee, President Christine M. Riordan, Paul Salerno, William Fuessler, Board Secretary Lois Schlissel
Back Row L-R: Dennis McDonagh, Helene Sullivan, Patrick Smalley, William Tenet

Ronald B. Lee B.A. ’67
Chair, Board of Trustees

Founder and Chairman Emeritus

Lee, Nolan and Koroghlian, LLC

Susan Murphy, Ph.D.
Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees

Vice President Emerita
Cornell University

Lois C. Schlissel, J.D.
Secretary, Board of Trustees

Managing Attorney
Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.

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

Steven N. Fischer
Chair Emeritus, Board of Trustees
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mechanical Technology Inc.

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

New York Newsday

Thomas F. Motamed B.A. ’71, J.D.
Chair EmeritusBoard of Trustees
Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
CNA Financial Corporation

Robert B. Willumstad ’05 (Hon)
Chair EmeritusBoard of Trustees
Brysam Global Partners

Leonard C. Achan, B.S. ’99, M.A., R.N., A.N.P
Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Vice President of Innovation and Business Development
Hospital for Special Surgery

Arun K. Agrawal, M.B.A. ’12, M.D.
Founder, President, and CEO
Garden City Medical Services

Frank Angello B.B.A. ’77, M.B.A.
Former Chief Financial Officer

Lighthouse International
Former Chief Financial Officer

JPMorgan Treasury & Securities Services Group

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

William Fuessler, B.B.A. ’79
Vice President and Partner, Global Leader, Finance, Risk and Fraud
IBM Global Business Services

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

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

Kanishka Kelshikar B.S. ’09
Vice President, Investment Banking

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

Kessler Restaurants

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

Katherine Quintana Malone B.B.A. ’09, M.B.A. ’10
Senior Global Compensation Analyst
Latham & Watkins

Dennis McDonagh B.A. ’78
Retired Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, Real Estate
The Blackstone Group

Ivaylo Ninov B.S. ’08
Chief Financial Officer
Western Management Corp.

Humera Qazi B.B.A. ’93, M.B.A
Managing Director

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

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

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


Marc S. Strachan, B.B.A. ’81
Executive Vice President 
Chief Client Officer
Publicist / Sapient Razorfish

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, J.D.
Tolbert Counsel


Trustees Emeriti

Richard C. Cahn

Michael J. Campbell ’65

Joan S. Girgus, Ph.D.

Jeffrey R. Greene, M.B.A.

Palmina R. Grella, M.B.A. ’73

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

Gerry House, Ed.D.

Michael L. Lazarus ’67

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

Leon M. Pollack ’63

Marjorie Weinberg-Berman, M.S. ’61

Barry T. Zeman

Meeting Schedule 

2018 Board of Trustees Meeting Dates

  • Sunday, March 18, 2018 and Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Friday, June 15, 2018
    18th Annual President’s Gala—Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Sunday, September 30, 2018 and Monday, October 1, 2018
  • Monday, December 10, 2018

2019 Board of Trustees Meeting Dates

  • Sunday, March 17, 2019 and Monday, March 18, 2019
  • Friday, June 14, 2019
    19th Annual President’s Gala—Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • Sunday, October 6, 2019 and Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Monday, December 16, 2019


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