News Release: University News

Jul. 21,  2008

Three New Alumni Trustees Appointed

Three new alumni trustees will join Emory University's Board of Trustees this fall and include a top administrator at Princeton University, a global leader in investment banking and the head of the world's largest provider of distribution facilities and services. The new trustees are:

Rick Rieder, president and CEO of R3 Capital Partners in New York. Rieder spent 21 years at Lehman Brothers, most recently as managing director and head of global principal strategies. He graduated from Emory's Goizueta Business School in 1983. A longtime supporter of urban education in America and abroad, Rieder is chairman of the board at North Star Academy Charter Public School in Newark, N.J., and recently was named to the National Leadership Council for the Communities in Schools Foundation. Rieder, who earned his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council at Goizueta and is a 2005 recipient of the Goizueta Business School Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. Rieder's wife, Debra Leib Rieder, is a 1985 graduate of Goizueta.

Katherine Rohrer, vice provost for academic programs at Princeton University. Prior to being named vice provost in 2001, she served for eight years as associate dean of the faculty. An accomplished teacher, Rohrer has served on the faculty of both Princeton and Columbia universities. Following an undergraduate degree in music from Emory in 1974, Rohrer earned a master of fine arts degree (1976) and doctorate in musicology (1980) from Princeton. Rohrer's ties to Emory run deep. All three of her siblings and both of her parents have Emory degrees. Her father, Robert Rohrer, also was a professor of physics at Emory. She currently serves on the Emory Alumni Board, is a volunteer with the Emory Alumni Association's Alumni Admission Network and previously served on the Arts & Sciences Women's Council.

Jeffrey Schwartz, chairman, CEO and a trustee of ProLogis, the world's largest global provider of distribution facilities and services, based in Denver. Following his graduation from Emory in 1981, Schwartz earned an MBA at Harvard University. He was the founder and managing partner of the Krauss/Schwartz Company, which was acquired by ProLogis in 1994. Throughout his career, Schwartz has been a strong proponent of sustainable development. In 2006, "Commercial Property News," one of the nation's leading real estate publications, named him "Developer of the Year" and "Industrial Property Executive of the Year." He received the latter honor again in 2007. Schwartz's two brothers and wife, Carole, also are Emory alumni.

The 37-member board of trustees oversees the governance and long-range fiduciary health of the university. With the addition of Rieder, Rohrer and Schwartz, the board will include 11 alumni trustees, who serve six-year terms as full board members; term trustees serve six years. Alumni trustee nominees are selected by the nominating and leadership committee of the Emory Alumni Board and submitted to the board of trustees for consideration and approval. Final approval rests with the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church.

"These three new trustees represent the wide range of alumni expertise and talent," said Rosemary Magee vice president and secretary of the university, who works closely with the board of trustees. "They will serve Emory extremely well as we continue on the trajectory of becoming a national and international destination university."

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