Six named to Board of Trustees
Posted June 9, 2009; 01:46 p.m.
Princeton University has named six new members of its Board of Trustees. They are:
Elizabeth Dilday of Long Beach, Calif., who graduated this year with an A.B. in history. She has devoted herself to the well-being of her peers through the Alcohol Coalition Committee, which she co-chaired last year, and Outdoor Action, which she served as a leader for three years. She played women's water polo for four years, guiding the team as captain for the last two. She also has been an officer of Cap and Gown Club, a class captain for Annual Giving, an Orange Key tour guide, a member of the Butler College Council and a peer health educator for the Eating Concerns Advisers. Next year Dilday will begin the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program at Bryn Mawr College to complete her science prerequisites for medical school admissions.
William Fung of Hong Kong, who is managing director of Li & Fung (Trading) Ltd., a privately held business entity for a multinational group of export and retailing companies based in Hong Kong. He earned a BSE in electrical engineering from Princeton in 1970. He is the co-author of "Competing in a Flat World: Building Enterprises for a Borderless World" (Wharton School Publishing, 2007). He is a member of Princeton's Asian Alumni Association and served as a regional volunteer for the Anniversary Campaign for Princeton.
Julia Haller Gottsch of Glencoe, Md., ophthalmologist-in-chief of the Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia and professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. A world-renowned retina surgeon, she earned an A.B. in philosophy from Princeton in 1976. She is a member of many professional societies, several editorial boards and numerous scientific advisory boards. In addition to being an Annual Giving solicitor for her class, she is president of the Princeton Alumni Association of Maryland, a member of the Alumni Council as well as a past member of its executive committee, and an Alumni Schools Committee interviewer of prospective students.
Crystal Nix Hines of West Hills, Calif., an independent television writer and producer. She has written for "The Practice," "Alias" and "Commander-in-Chief," and currently is developing several entertainment projects. She also is a lawyer at the Los Angeles trial firm Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart, Oliver & Hedges, where she focuses on appellate and complex litigation. She earned an A.B. from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1985 and served as editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian. Previously a University term trustee from 1999 to 2003, she has been a member of the Advisory Council for the Wilson School, a member of the Women in Leadership Steering Committee and a special gifts solicitor.
David Offensend of Brooklyn, N.Y., chief operating officer of the New York Public Library. He earned an A.B. from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1975. He spent 27 years in the investment banking business before leaving to pursue a second career in public service. He also has used his career skills to help numerous nonprofits. He is a current member of the boards of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corp., the Brooklyn Children's Museum and the Hudson Highland Group Inc. He has been involved with Princeton through class fundraising around major reunions.
George Will of Washington, D.C., a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author. He earned a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton in 1968. His newspaper column has been syndicated by the Washington Post since 1974, and today appears twice weekly in just under 500 newspapers in the United States and Europe. He also is a regular contributing editor of Newsweek and the author of 13 books. Will has volunteered for countless organizations over the years, such as the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the board of Special Kids in Publishing and the Major League Baseball Commissioner's Blue Ribbon Panel on Baseball Economics. A life member of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni, Will has served on numerous Princeton panels and was the 1992 Madison Medal winner. He currently is serving a second stint on the Graduate Leadership Council.
The Board of Trustees elected Nix Hines to a 10-year term as a charter trustee, while it elected Fung for four years as a term trustee. Princeton alumni elected Haller Gottsch, Offensend and Will to four-year terms as alumni trustees, and the junior, senior and two youngest alumni classes elected Dilday to a four-year term as young alumni trustee. All trustees have the same power, authority and responsibilities.
Completing their terms as trustees this year were YoungSuk Chi, Brent Henry, José Huizar, Matthew Margolin, Katherine Marshall and Kimberly Ritrievi.
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 involving admission, as well as tuition and fees and the hiring of faculty members.