The newcomers bring experience in executive recruitment, investment banking, public policy, software automation and business operations. In addition, three are graduates of Drew.
The Board meets regularly to provide direction and set policy for Drew, now in its 150th year. In September, for example, trustees approved a plan to reduce tuition by 20 percent next year to make education more affordable to more students. Details on the initiative can be found here.
The Board, which now has 35 members — including President MaryAnn Baenninger — is chaired by Dean Criares and includes representatives from the university’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and Drew Theological School.
Here is a closer look at the new trustees:
Gregory Gordon – Gordon, a 1992 graduate of Drew and an alumni-elected trustee for the College of Liberal Arts, is senior managing director and head of power and utilities research at Evercore, an independent investment banking advisory firm.
Gaetana Kopchinsky – Kopchinsky, alumni-elected trustee for the Caspersen School, is an adjunct professor at Caspersen and philanthropist who works with therapeutic narrative programs in clinical and rehabilitative settings. She has bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Drew.
Sanjay Mirchandani – Mirchandani, a 1986 graduate of Drew, is president and CEO of Puppet, which automates the delivery and operation of software for more than 36,000 companies. He also has a master’s from the University of Pittsburgh.
Andrés Peñate – Peñate is global vice president of regulatory and public policy at Anheuser-Busch InBev. He has an undergraduate degree from the Universidad de los Andes and a master’s from St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford.
Suneet Varma – Varma is a global president within Pfizer’s Essential Health business group. He has a bachelor’s from Tufts University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.