The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Oberlin College & Conservatory. It manages the welfare of the institution and entrusts day-to-day operations to the president. Oberlin’s board has 29-37 members and completes its work through an executive committee and various subcommittees. The board consists of 20-28 board-elected members and six alumni-elected members. Following a recent change in the bylaws, trustees elected or re-elected before July 1, 2013 serve six-year terms, while trustees elected thereafter serve four-year terms. There are also three class trustees elected by recent graduating classes to serve three-year terms. The final member of the board is the president of Oberlin College, who serves ex officio (by nature of his or her position).

The entire board convenes four times a year in Oberlin. During the Trustee meetings that occur during the academic year (October, December and March), class trustees organize forums for students to voice their concerns directly to members of the board.

The Executive Committee; the board chair, the board vice chair and the chairs of the major board subcommittees, convenes approximately one month prior to each meeting of the full board. The general counsel and secretary of the college is the primary liaison between the board and campus constituencies.

Membership of the Board of Trustees

* indicates alumni-elected trustee
+ indicates class-elected trustee

McGregor, Clyde

Clyde McGregor '74

Co-Manager, Oakmark Equity & Income Fund & Oakmark Global Fund Harris Associates, L.P.

Winnetka, IL

Marvin Krislov

Marvin Krislov
ex officio

President Oberlin College                

Oberlin, OH

Maddox-Dorsey, Chesley

Chesley Maddox-Dorsey '81 Vice- Chair

President and Chief Operating Officer Access 1 Communications

New York, NY

Birenbaum, Chuck

Charles Birenbaum '79

Chairman, Northern California Greenberg Traurig, LLG

San Francisco, CA

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Richard T. Brandt '84

Chief Executive Officer, Marathon Capital

Chicago, IL


T. Christopher Canavan '84

Director of Global Policy Development, Soros Fund Management

New York, NY

Chege, Anne (1)

+Anne Chege '16

Child Safety Specialist, Arizona Department of Child Safety

Tucson, AZ

Amy Chen

*Amy Chen '79

Chief Investment Officer
Smithsonian Institution

Washington, D.C.

Thomas F. Cooper

Thomas F. Cooper '78

Chartered Financial Analyst, Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co.

Lincoln, MA


Motoko T. Deane '71

Treasurer, Renewable Investment Corp.

Cohasset, MA

Dolcemaschio, Steve

Steven J. Dolcemaschio

Former Chief Operating Officer, Universal Cable Productions & Wilshire Studios; President, Wilshire Studios; Chief Operating Officer, Comcast Entertainment Group

Los Angeles, CA

Dominah, Gifty

+Gifty Dominah '15

Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health

Bethesda, MD

Lillie Edwards

Lillie Edwards '75

Professor Emerita of History and African-American Studies, Drew University

Madison, NJ

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Sean P. Gavin '98

Portfolio Manager, Fidelity Investments

Boston, MA

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Jacob A. Gayle '79

Vice President of Philanthrophy, Medtronic plc; President, Medtronic Foundations

Minneapolis, MN

Ed Helms

Ed Helms '96

Actor and Producer

Los Angeles, CA

Hogan, Cynthia

Cynthia C. Hogan '79

Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs, National Football League

Washington, D.C.

Jarvis - Charlene

Charlene Drew Jarvis '62

Former Elected Official   

Washington, D.C.

Kamarck- Michael

Michael E. Kamarck '73

Former President, Merck BioVentures

Ithaca, NY

Katzman, Eric

Eric R. Katzman '86

Partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Rockingstone Advisors LLC

New York, NY

Krischer, David S

David S. Krischer '78

Partner, Allen & Overy, LLP

New York, NY

Will Lewis

Will Lewis '90

President and CEO

Monmouth Junction, NJ

Loh, Nicholas

+Nicholas Loh '14

Service Coordinator, Community Access Inc.

New York, NY

McClintock, Emily

Emily McClintock '76

Treasurer of the Eric and Jane Nord Foundation and Past President, Nord Family Foundation

Amherst, OH

Molly Raphael

Molly Horst Raphael '67

Director (Retired), Multnomah County (OR) and District of Columbia Public Libraries

Berkeley, CA

Tom Riis

*Thomas Riis '73

Professor of Music
Director of American Music Research Center, University of Colorado College of Music

Boulder, CO

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Patricia Shanks '63  

Founder, President (retired) and CEO, BASIS, Inc.

Berkeley, CA

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*David E. Shipley '72

Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Law, University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Troy, Susan

Susan Troy '76

President and General Counsel, Martin Linen Supply Company

Los Angeles, CA

Vasan, Philip

Philip S. Vasan '80

Head of Investments and Portfolio Solutions for US Wealth Advisory, BlackRock

New York, NY

Wagner, Leanne

Leanne C. Wagner '76

Principal, Leanne C. Wagner, LLC      

Philadelphia, PA

Waller, Lisa

*Lisa Waller '87

High School Director & Interim Director of Equity and Diversity, The Dalton School

New York, NY

Wineberg, Danette

*Danette Wineberg '68

Adjunct Professor, University of New Hampshire School of Law

Attorney; Former Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, The Timberland Company   

Stratham, NH

Wurtzel, Alan

Alan Wurtzel  '55

Private Investor

Washington, D.C

Yu, Diane

*Diane Yu '73 

Counselor to Leadership, New York University Abu Dhabi

Executive Director, NYU Abu Dhabi Community Programs

New York, NY