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Eight named to Board of Trustees

The University has named eight new members of its Board of Trustees. They are:

Shelby Davis of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., founder of Davis Selected Advisors, a mutual fund management company. He earned his A.B. in history from Princeton in 1958. A dedicated internationalist and philanthropist, he established the Davis United World College Scholars Program in 2000 at Princeton and four other pilot institutions. It provides financial aid for students who come from pre-university schools known as the United World Colleges located around the globe.

Carl Ferenbach, managing director of Berkshire Partners, a private equity investment firm in Boston. He earned his A.B. in classics from Princeton in 1964. He has served as an annual giving and capital giving volunteer.

Charles Gibson of New York, a veteran television journalist who recently was named anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight." He earned his A.B. in history from Princeton in 1965.

Ellen Harvey of Bryn Mawr, Pa., senior vice president at the Mercantile Bankshares Corp. in Baltimore. She earned her A.B. in economics from Princeton in 1976. She is a longtime volunteer for the development office.

Robert Murley of Lake Forest, Ill., vice chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston in Chicago. He earned his A.B. in politics from Princeton in 1972. He previously served as a charter trustee from 1995 to 2005. He also has been national chair of the University's annual giving effort as well as co-chair of the leadership gifts committee of the Anniversary Campaign for Princeton. In 1998, he received the University's Harold Helm Award for exemplary work on behalf of annual giving. He is one of three co-chairs of a fund-raising campaign being planned at Princeton.

John O'Brien, president of the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pa. He earned his A.B. in psychology from Princeton in 1965. He has served as his class vice president, annual giving class section chair and class reunion chair. He currently is an annual giving participation solicitor and Alumni Schools Committee member. A running back on the undefeated 1964 Princeton football team, he was honored last year with the Princeton Varsity Club's Citizen Athlete Award for contributions to sports and society.

Mark Siegler, the Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Chicago and founding director of the university's MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. He earned his A.B. in English and completed his pre-med requirements at Princeton in 1963. He has returned to Princeton as a Reunion alumni-faculty panelist and this year spoke as part of the Woodrow Wilson School's 75th anniversary celebration.

Brady Walkinshaw of Nooksack Valley, Wash., who graduated this year with an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a certificate in Latin American studies. He co-chaired and served as a member of the executive board of the Student Volunteers Council. He also was a member of the Pace Center oversight board.

The Board of Trustees elected Murley to a 10-year term as a charter trustee, while it elected Davis, Ferenbach, Gibson and Harvey for four years as term trustees. Princeton alumni elected O'Brien and Siegler to four-year terms as alumni trustees, and the junior, senior and two youngest alumni classes elected Walkinshaw to a four-year term as young alumni trustee. All trustees have the same power, authority and responsibilities.

The 40-member Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall direction of the University. It approves the operating and capital budgets, supervises the investment of the University's endowment and oversees campus real estate and long-range physical planning. The trustees also exercise review and approval concerning changes in major policies, such as those in instructional programs and admission, as well as tuition and fees and the hiring of faculty members.

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