2013 Alumni-Elected Trustee Election Results
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
by Danielle Young
Karen Buck Burgess ’72 was elected to serve a four-year term (2013 to 2017) as an alumni-elected trustee during the 2013 election. Burgess has worked for more than 25 years as a public interest lawyer, specializing in financial market issues. She served at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a variety of senior legal positions, including Associate General Counsel and Counsel to the Chairman. She’s currently legal counsel at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, which was chartered by Congress after the Enron collapse to strengthen financial reporting. She has a long-standing interest in education. After graduating from Oberlin, she taught in a rural school in Kenya, attended an innovative poverty-oriented law school (Antioch School of Law, 1976), and worked for the federal Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education. Burgess also worked in Hong Kong and Japan for U.S. law firms, and for the U.N High Commissioner for Refugees in Thailand. Karen is married to journalist John Burgess, also ’72. They have two daughters, Katharine and Sarah.
On January 30, 2013, alumni-elected Trustee Kofi Lomotey ’74 resigned from the Board of Trustees. Lomotey was serving a six-year term, which ends on June 30, 2014. We are pleased to announce that Jacob Gayle ’79 has agreed to continue his service on the Board of Trustees and complete Lomotey’s term. Gayle has traversed most of the planet over his lifetime, for the advancement of public health, human rights and social justice for all. After graduating from Oberlin College with a degree in Psychobiology, he completed MS, MA and PhD degrees in Preventive Medicine, Community Health Education and International Health, respectively, at The Ohio State University. Gayle is vice president of community affairs at Medtronic Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also executive director of the Medtronic Foundation. Prior to this, he was a deputy vice president and officer of the Ford Foundation, headquartered in New York where, from 2005 to 2010, he led its Global HIV Initiative. For more than 16 years (1989 to 2005), Gayle was employed by the US Centers for Disease Control. This included assignments to the Carter Center, US Agency for International Development, World Bank and the United Nations, and residential postings in South Africa, Barbados, and Switzerland.