About Around the Square January 19, 2010

Results of the Alumni Trustee Election

By Danielle Young

Houseman Ballot Photo 2009

Alan W. Houseman ’65, the candidate who received the most votes in the fall 2009 alumni trustee election, will join the Board of Trustees in July for a full six-year term.

Houseman has served as excutive director of the Center for Law and Social Policy since 1982. His work promotes policies to improve the lives of low-income people. A leader of national efforts to preserve and strengthen the federal legal aid program, Houseman headed the LSC Review Team for President Barack Obama’s transition team. He is active in the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and the American Bar Association, where he recently served as staff to the Presidential Commission on Access to Justice. The author of numerous articles on legal services, poverty law advocacy, and welfare policies, Houseman also works on rule of law in Russia and is the United States representative to the International Legal Aid Group. He has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and has taught at Wayne State University Law School. He has received many awards, including the National Equal Justice Award and the Oberlin Alumni Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award.

The Trustee Search Committee sincerely thanks Molly Horst Raphael ’67 for her willingness to run as an alumni trustee candidate. Her continued dedication to Oberlin is truly appreciated.

The committee also thanks the alumni who voted in this year’s election. Oberlin is unusual among liberal arts colleges in that six of the 34 seats on its Board of Trustees are filled through direct election by alumni. As alumni, you have a unique opportunity to ensure that the board includes members who will be mindful of the traditions and heritage of the institution while implementing the important fiduciary responsibilities that are incumbent upon any member of any board. Your vote in these elections presents an important opportunity to participate in one of the most enduring and important roles that alumni can play.

The Trustee Search Committee of the Alumni Council welcomes suggestions for future nominees for alumni-elected trustee. Candidates must hold an Oberlin degree and comply with the requirements set by the bylaws of Oberlin College. If you wish to suggest a candidate, please send a letter of nomination, including background information on the suggested candidate, his or her address, and a description of the assets the candidate would bring.

Send nomination letters to Danielle Young, executive director of the Alumni Association, by e-mail to danielle.young@oberlin.edu or by U.S. Postal Service mail to Oberlin College Alumni Association, 50 West Lorain St., Oberlin, OH 44074. There is no limit to the number of candidates you may suggest. In addition, the nominations committee of the Board of Trustees is interested in suggestions for non-alumni trustee members. Please forward names in the same manner as above.

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