Search Committee

Trustees

Alan Griffith ’64, chair of the Presidential Search Committee, is the former vice chairman of The Bank of New York and The Bank of New York Corporation Inc., New York City. He holds an MBA from Baruch College of the City University of New York. A Lafayette trustee since 1994, he served as the board’s chair from 2001-10. He is a member of the board’s Steering Committee, Executive Committee, and Committee on External Affairs. The College awarded him an honorary doctor of laws degree at the 166th Commencement in 2001.

Elisabeth Hughes MacDonald ’81, vice chair of the Presidential Search Committee, is the former managing director, Global Investment Banking, Chase Securities Inc., New York City. She holds a master’s degree in management from Northwestern University. A trustee since 1999, she is chair of the board’s Committee on Audit, vice chair of the Committee on External Affairs, and a member of the Executive Committee.

James Birle Jr. ’83 is a senior managing director at the investment banking advisory firm Evercore Partners, New York City. He holds an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2011, having served previously on the Lafayette Leadership Council, and is a member of the board’s Committee on Financial Policy.

Judson Linville ’79 is chief executive officer of Citi Cards, Citigroup, Long Island City, N.Y. He previously had a 20-year career at American Express, serving most recently as president and chief executive officer of U.S. Consumer Services. He holds a doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College. A trustee since 2010, he is a member of the board’s Committee on External Affairs. He also is the parent of a Lafayette student.

Robert Sell ’84 is group chief executive of the Communications, Media, and Technology Operating Group of Accenture, New York City. A trustee since 2006, he is vice chair of the board’s Committee on Student Life, a member of the Committee on Information Technology, and chair of the Nominating Committee. He served as president of the Alumni Association, 2004-06.

Sylvia Daniels Weaver ’75 is president of Sensei Leadership Development, Belle Meade, N.J. She formerly was vice president for quality assurance and process excellence in the Networking and Computing Services division of Johnson & Johnson Services. She holds an M.S. in telecommunications and computing management from Polytechnic University. A trustee since 2008, she is vice chair of the board’s Committee on Educational Policy and vice chair of the Committee on Information Technology.

Faculty

Mary Armstrong has served as chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program since joining the Lafayette faculty in 2009. She holds a doctorate in English and graduate certificate in women’s studies from Duke University. She is the recipient of the College’s James E. Lennertz Prize for Exceptional Teaching and Mentoring.

Robert Cohn, a member of the faculty since 1987, was named to the Philip and Muriel Berman Chair in Jewish Studies in 1994. He holds a doctorate in religious studies from Stanford University. He is the recipient of the College’s Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Award, for superior teaching and scholarly contribution to his discipline, and Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Lecture Award, in recognition of excellence in teaching and scholarship.

Dru Germanoski, a member of the faculty since 1987, was named VanArtsdalen Professor in 2004. He holds a doctorate in earth resources-geology from Colorado State University. He is the recipient of the College’s Marquis Distinguished Teaching Award, Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Lecture Award, in recognition of excellence in teaching and scholarship, and Mary Louise Van Artsdalen Prize, for outstanding scholarly achievement.

Alumni

Pamela Gaary Holran ’88 is a former associate in the communications and engineering law firm Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, Washington, D.C. She holds a J.D. degree from George Washington University. On July 1, she concluded a two-year term as president of the Alumni Association and board associate. This service followed a term as an alumni trustee, 2005-10, during which she was a member of the board’s Committee on External Affairs.

Alex Karapetian ’04, director of sales and marketing for Acopian Power Supplies, Easton, Pa., is president-elect of the Alumni Association. He holds an MBA and M.S. from the Stern School at New York University. He was co-chair of the Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Committee, 2008-11, and has been chair since 2011.

Administrative Staff

John McKnight joined the College in 2009. Before being named dean of intercultural development, he served first as associate dean of the College and the class dean for first-year and second-year students and then as associate dean of students and director of intercultural development. He holds an M.S. in higher education administration from Indiana University.

Student

Evan Gooberman ’13 has held leadership positions in a number of campus organizations, including Hillel Society, Kaleidoscope, Landis Community Outreach Center, LEAP (Lafayette Environmental Awareness and Protection), and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, among others.

Secretary

James Krivoski became executive assistant to the president and administrative secretary to the Board of Trustees in 2010, following nearly 11 years of service as the College’s senior student affairs officer. A member of the administrative staff since 1985, he holds a doctor of education degree in higher and adult education from Columbia University.