The Board of Trustees
BENNO SCHMIDT, B.A. J.D., was appointed by Governor George Pataki in April 2003 as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York. He was reappointed to the Board for a seven-year term in June 2006. Previously he served as Vice Chairperson upon his appointment in August 1999. Mr. Schmidt is Chairman of Avenues, the global private school network, and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of Edison Schools, Inc., having served as its Chairman from 1992 until fall, 2007. Before joining Edison Schools, Inc., he served as Yale University's 20th president, where he was best known nationally for his defense of freedom of expression and the academic values of liberal education. During his tenure at Yale, which began in 1986, Mr. Schmidt launched one of the largest building programs in Yale's history; he became Yale's most successful fund-raiser; he fashioned a model partnership between the University and the city of New Haven; and helped build a number of new interdisciplinary programs, especially in environmental science, molecular biology, and international studies. During his presidency, Yale's endowment grew from $1.7 billion to nearly $3 billion, the highest rate of growth of any private university during that time.
Before joining Yale, Mr. Schmidt was the Dean of Columbia University Law School, where he joined the faculty in 1969 and became, four years later, one of the youngest tenured professors in Columbia's history. He was named Harlan Fiske Stone Professor of Constitutional Law in 1982. He is one of the country's leading scholars of the Constitution, the history of the U.S. Supreme Court, the law of freedom of expression, and the history of race relations in America. Mr. Schmidt served as law clerk to Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren. Mr. Schmidt received both his college and law degrees from Yale University. He is a trustee of the National Humanities Center and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was also Chairman of Mayor Giuliani's Task Force on The City University of New York. In November 2010, Mr. Schmidt received the sixth annual Philip Merrill Award of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education.
PHILIP ALFONSO BERRY, M.B.A., M.S.W., B.A., A.A., was appointed by Governor George Pataki in June 2006 as a member of the Board of The City University of New York. He was appointed Vice Chairperson of the Board by Governor Eliot Spitzer in June 2007. He was reappointed in 2010 by Governor David Paterson to a term that ends in June 2016. Currently, Mr. Berry is Chief Human Resources Officer for the Clinton Foundation. Until recently he was President of Philip Berry Associates LLC, which provides executive coaching, leadership training, diversity consulting and organizational development services. Prior to that he was Vice President, Global Workplace Initiatives and Corporate Officer for Colgate-Palmolive, a Fortune 500 global consumer products company, since 2004. He lead the company's efforts to attract, develop and retain a diverse workforce and is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating diversity and inclusion strategies on a global basis, along with government compliance. From 2001 to 2003 he was Vice President, Global Employee Relations & Best Place to Work, in charge of employee relations strategy and policies worldwide, and developing the company as an employer of choice. Mr. Berry, who joined Colgate-Palmolive in 1990, served as Vice President of Human Resources for its European Division from 1998 to 2001 providing strategic and operational leadership throughout the Continent; subsequent to that, from 1990 to 1998, he handled Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Central Europe and Asia. Mr. Berry was Vice President of Human Resources for the Triboro Bridge and Tunnel Authority prior to joining Colgate-Palmolive, and also worked for Procter & Gamble and the Urban League.
Mr. Berry received a BA in Sociology from Queens College and an Associate’s Degree in Marketing from Borough of Manhattan Community College. He holds an MBA from Xavier University of Cincinnati, and an MSW from Columbia University. He is a member of CUNY’s Business Leadership Council and the Acting Chair of the CUNY Construction Fund. In 2004 he received the Governor's Award for Community Distinction, and in 2003 he was selected by Crain's New York Business as one of New York's 100 most influential Black business executives.
VALERIE LANCASTER BEAL, B.A., M.B.A., was appointed by Governor George Pataki in June 2002 as a member of the Board of The City University of New York. She was reappointed in 2010 by Governor David Paterson to a term that ends June 2016.
Ms. Lancaster Beal currently is the Chief Administration Officer at Data Capital Management. She is the founder and president of VLB Associates, a management consulting firm that provides financial and operational advisory services to middle-market businesses, investment firms and non-profit organizations. The firm also provides interim and outsourced chief financial and chief operating officer services to emerging businesses and non-profit organizations. Ms. Lancaster Beal serves as an independent director and member of the audit committee of Sierra Income Corporation, a non-traded Business Development Company (BDC) sponsored by Medley LLC. Medley is a credit focused asset management firm with over $3.3 billion of investable capital. Prior to establishing VLB Associates, Ms. Lancaster Beal co-founded and served as Managing Director of M.R. Beal & Company, one of the top twenty underwriters of municipal securities nationwide. Ms. Lancaster Beal managed the financial advisory and investment banking teams responsible for structuring, due diligence and execution of in excess of $80 billion of fixed income and capital markets securities. The teams’ clients included a diverse array of issuers including but not limited to the District of Columbia, Philadelphia Gas Works, DASNY and Facebook. M.R. Beal was named Financial Services Firm of the Year by Black Enterprise in 2011 and 2001. In January, 2014 certain principals of the firm joined Blaylock, Robert Van to form Blaylock Beal Vann, LLC.
Ms. Lancaster Beal is a visiting lecturer at several colleges and universities addressing financial management, as well as college and career readiness. Ms. Lancaster Beal is active in civic and community organizations, with a primary focus on financial management, program evaluation and public education. From 2001 to 2006, she completed an interim assignment at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church, where she served as the Director of Stewardship and Membership Development. At Abyssinian, she developed and implemented a financial management and fund development system to improve internal and external financial reporting. Upon completion of that project, she then directed an initiative to use key operating metrics and quantitative analysis to inform instruction and accountability at Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA), a New York City public school sponsored by the Abyssinian Development Corporation. She also served as TMA’s Director of College Readiness and Placement, an initiative funded by the Robin Hood Foundation.
Ms. Lancaster Beal is passionate about advancing the mission of high quality educational institutions and increasing access to such institutions for historically underrepresented groups. She is a past member of the Board of Regents of Georgetown. Ms. Lancaster Beal is also a
member of the Board of Directors of KIPP NYC, a network of free, open-enrollment public charter schools.
Ms. Lancaster Beal chairs the Board's Standing Committee on Faculty, Staff, and Administration, and is a member of the Standing Committee on Fiscal Affairs. She leads a task force charged with developing investment policies and procedures for CUNY’s $6B employee retirement plan. She has served on or chaired ten CUNY-wide presidential and chancellery level search committees. Ms. Lancaster Beal also co‑chaired the Chancellor’s Initiative on the Black Male wherein she directed a panel of distinguished scholars in examining the status of Black males in our society and ways of using education to improve the outcomes.
Ms. Lancaster Beal holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Georgetown University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
She resides in New York City with her husband and is the proud mother of two adult children.
WELLINGTON Z. CHEN, B.S., was appointed by Governor George Pataki in June 2000 as a member of the Board of The City University of New York, Mr. Chen was reappointed by the Governor in June 2005, and November 2010 to a term that ends June 2017. Mr. Chen was born in Taiwan, and lived in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Brazil before arriving in New York over 30 years ago as an adolescent. He is conversant in several languages, including Chinese (Amoy, Cantonese, Mandarin), and Brazilian-Portuguese.
Mr. Chen, a resident of Queens and a long-time community leader, graduated from the School of Architecture and Environmental Studies at City College. He was the first Chinese American in Queens to serve on a community planning board, where he chaired the cultural affairs, housing, landmarks, planning and zoning committees and helped to bring about the revival of downtown Flushing. Mr. Chen is the Executive Director of the Chinatown Partnership Development Corporation, and in this capacity he will lead the Chinatown Partnership in implementing major initiatives in tourism, marketing and public space improvements in a comprehensive effort to improve business conditions. Mr. Chen was a Commissioner of the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals which reviews zoning variances, special permits, and other land use appeals.
Mr. Chen is Chair of the Board's Standing Committee on Academic Policy, Program, and Research, and holds membership of the Board's Standing Committee on Facilities, Planning, and Management.
RITA DIMARTINO, M.P.A., B.A., A.A., was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg in July 2003. She was reappointed for a seven-year term in 2010. As a former Vice President of Congressional Relations for AT&T, Ms. DiMartino assisted in AT&T's relations with the administration, congress, and with state governments. She started her career at AT&T in College Relations, where she interacted with various higher education institutions, and represented AT&T at many national higher education conferences in the United States. Previously, Ms. DiMartino worked for the New York State department of Commerce (OMBE) and visited colleges throughout the state for the purpose of starting Small Business Development Centers.
President Ronald Reagan appointed Ms. DiMartino in 1982 as U.S. Representative to the UNICEF Executive Board. Her work as U.S. Representative included increasing UNICEF's financial support and accelerating the program's assistance in the areas of child health, nutrition, water supply, sanitation, and education. President George Bush appointed Ms. DiMartino in 1992 to a three-year term on the World Board of Governors of the United Service Organization (USO). Ms. DiMartino was appointed in February 2002 as the Principal U.S. Delegate to the Inter-American Commission of Women, and also the Principal Representative to the Inter-American Children's Institute. She was also appointed to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board by President George W. Bush. In 2005, Ms. DiMartino was appointed by Secretary Elaine Chao to the U.S. Department of Labor National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships, and served as a Commissioner on the Commission on Federal Election Reform. She has also served on twelve International Electoral Observation Missions. She currently serves as a Commissioner of the New York State Commission on National and Community Services.
Active at all levels of Republican politics, Ms. DiMartino was elected Delegate/Delegate-at-Large/Alternate Delegate to nine Republican National Conventions, served on the 1992 Platform Committee, and was elected Vice Chair of the New York Republican State Committee in 1987, where she served for eighteen consecutive years. Ms. DiMartino is Chairman of the Board of Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ms. DiMartino received her B.A. from the College of Staten Island, and her MPA from Long Island University (C. W. Post Center). She holds an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law from Dowling College, and completed Business Leadership Training Programs at Harvard Business School and Executive Management Programs at the University of California at Berkeley.
Ms. DiMartino is Vice Chair of the Board's Standing Committee on Faculty, Staff, and Administration, and holds membership on the Standing Committee on Academic Policy, Program, and Research, the Standing Committee on Facilities, Planning, and Management, the Standing Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration, and the Standing Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs.
FREIDA D. FOSTER, B.A., M.S., was appointed by Governor George Pataki in June 2006 as a member of the Board of The City University of New York. She was reappointed in 2013 to a term that ends June 2019. She serves as a Commissioner for the NYS Worker's Compensation Board where she adjudicates and processes hundreds of claims for employers' who report injuries and seek supplemental benefits while they recover from various ailments. Ms. Foster also serves on the Harlem Community Development Corporation's Board of Directors where she assists in the guidance of the organization to make the best development decisions for the growth of the Harlem Community.
Ms. Foster also worked as a PR professional with one of the largest PR firms in the world, Burson-Marsteller. She has served as Director for Governor Pataki's Office of Community Affairs; Assistant to the Governor for African American Affairs; Community Service Coordinator at CUNY's Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and NYC Human Resources Administration Liaison and Recruiter for BMCC's College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment Program.
A lifelong Harlem resident, Ms. Foster holds a BA from Hofstra University and an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin.
Ms. Foster is Chair of the Board's Standing Committee on Facilities Planning and Management, and serves as Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs.
JUDAH GRIBETZ, A.B., LL.B., LL.M., was appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as a member of the Board of The City University of New York, for a term ending June 2014. He previously served as a Trustee from June 1980 to April 1989; via appointment by Mayor Edward I. Koch.
Mr. Gribetz has spent much of his career in government service. His appointments have included Counsel to Governor Hugh L. Carey (January 1975-December 1978), Deputy Mayor for Governmental Relations under Mayor Abraham D. Beame (January-December 1974), Impartial Chairman of the Rent Stabilization Conciliation and Appeals Board under Mayor John V. Lindsay (September 1969-December 1973), Regional Administrator of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under Secretary Robert C. Weaver (August 1966-July 1969), Deputy Commissioner (January 1962-July 1965) and later Commissioner (July-December 1965) of the Department of Buildings under Mayor Robert F. Wagner, and an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the City’s Law Department (July 1958-July 1961). He was a Member of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s Committee on Judicial and United States Attorney Appointments (1980 -2000), serving as Chairperson from 1988 to 1996). He was a member of the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination (1982-1986) and of the Law Revision Commission of the State of New York (1979-1989). He also served on the New York City Charter Revision Commission (1987-1990). He was Vice President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 1980-1982 and Director of the Legal Aid Society from 1983-1988.
Mr. Gribetz has devoted himself as a volunteer to a wide range of civic and community organizations in New York City. He is a Trustee of the Mount Sinai Medical Center (1980 to date), and of the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust: (1996 to date). He was a Member of the Distribution Committee of the New York Community Trust (1981-1994); Director of the Hebrew Free Loan Society (1966-1995) and President (1995-2004); Vice President of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (1984-1992) and President (1992-1995). In 1968, Mr. Gribetz received the Distinguished Service Award of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 1992, he received the New York City Corporation Counsel’s Award for Distinguished Service. In 1993, Simon & Schuster published The Timetables of Jewish History which he co-authored with Edward L. Greenstein and Regina Stein. A retired Lieutenant in the United States Navy, he was on active duty from August 1952 until November 1955, serving as an Assistant Legal Officer at the United States Naval Receiving Station, Boston, Massachusetts and a Gunnery Officer aboard the U.S.S. Bennington (CVA-20).
Mr. Gribetz received his A. B. from Columbia College in 1949, an LL.B. from Columbia law School in 1952, and an LL.M. from New York University Graduate School of Law in 1962. In 1946, he graduated from Boys High School of Brooklyn, New York.
Mr. Gribetz holds membership on the Board’s Standing Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration.
JOSEPH J. LHOTA, B.S.B.A., M.B.A., appointed by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in May 2001 as a member of the Board of The City University of New York, he was reappointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2004 and 2011 to a term that ends June 2018. Mr. Lhota is Senior Vice President, Vice Dean and Chief of Staff at NYU Langone Medical Center. Previously he was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to the MTA as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He was an Executive Vice President at Madison Square Garden from June 2010 to November 2011. From 2002 through 2010, he was Executive Vice President at Cablevision Systems Corporation.
Mr. Lhota was Deputy Mayor for Operations from July 1998 to December 2001. Previously, he served as New York City's Budget Director and Commissioner of Finance. As Deputy Mayor, Mr. Lhota was the City's chief operating officer responsible for overseeing all of the City's agencies and advising the Mayor on the budget and financial management of the City. Additionally, Mr. Lhota served as the Mayor's chief liaison with federal, state and local elected officials. Prior to his government service, Mr. Lhota was a senior investment banker with First Boston and PaineWebber. He is an expert in the development of financing programs for state and local governments.
Mr. Lhota is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University and he received his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. A resident of Brooklyn, Mr. Lhota serves as Chair of the Board's Standing Committee on Fiscal Affairs, and its Subcommittee on Investments.
HUGO M. MORALES, M.D., DPN-P, F.A.P.A., appointed by Governor Pataki in June 2002 as a member of the Board of The City University of New York, Dr. Morales was reappointed by Governor Spitzer on October 2007 to a 7 year term. Dr. Morales was the Medical Director of the Bronx Mental Health Center, which he established and organized in 1965 in order to provide innovative, comprehensive ambulatory mental health care services to low-income minority patients of the Bronx and other boroughs from 1965 to 1999. Previously, Dr. Morales was Junior Psychiatrist at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens (1961-62), Senior Psychiatrist at Manhattan State Hospital in Wards Island (1963-65), and Director of the Department of Psychiatry at St. Francis Hospital in the Bronx (1966).
Dr. Morales is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, as well as the American College of Forensic Examiners. Dr. Morales received his Medical Degree from the University of Santo Domingo. Dr. Morales was Chairman of the Dominican Board of the Governor's Office for Hispanic Affairs, from 1984 to 1992, and serves as member on the Hispanic Federation Committee, the New York State Department of Health Medical Advisory Committee, the Governor's Task Force on Rape and Sexual Assault, and the Hostos Community College Advisory Board. Dr. Morales was a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel of the New York City Board of Education in 1987, and the President of the Bronx County Medical Society in 1985, President of A.P.A. (Bronx Psychiatric) Society, Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Society, Founder and Chairman of the Dominican-American Foundation, and recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1996.
Dr. Morales is Vice Chair of the Board's Standing Committee on Academic Policy, Program, and Research.
BRIAN D. OBERGFELL, B.S., J.D., is an attorney with extensive background in banking, real estate and commercial finance and a Brooklyn resident, who was nominated by Governor Cuomo and unanimously confirmed by the New York Senate as a member of the Board of The City University of New York in June 2012 to a term that ends June 2018.
Mr. Obergfell is a senior partner in Emmet, Marvin & Martin LLP, the New York City law firm where he has worked since 1985. He is admitted to practice in New York State and, since 2010, in England and Wales. He graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Communications in 1979 and from New York Law School with a J.D. in 1985.
Mr. Obergfell has been a permanent trustee of the Heisman Trophy Trust since 2001, is a trustee of the Leake & Watts Children’s House since 2009, and served on the New York State Banking Board from 2007 through 2011. Mr. Obergfell was recently appointed to the new State Charter Advisory Board of the New York State Department of Financial Services in March 2012.
Mr. Obergfell is Vice Chair of the Board’s Standing Committee on Facilities Planning and Management.
PETER S. PANTALEO, J.D., B.A., was appointed by Governor David Paterson as a member of the Board of The City University of New York, for a term ending in June 2015. A Partner at DLA PIPER, Mr. Pantaleo is a Joint Global Leader, Employment, Pensions & Benefits Group; and, Chair, US Labor & Employment Group. He is also a managing partner of the firm's New York office.
Mr. Pantaleo represents both domestic and international employers in labor, employment, and civil rights matters. While he has substantial experience litigating cases before courts, administrative agencies, and arbitration panels, the principal focus of Mr. Pantaleo's practice is advising employers in complex, politically sensitive labor and employment matters. He has lectured extensively at health care and hospitality conferences.
Mr. Pantaleo was inducted as a Fellow into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2007. He is a member of the Business Advisory Council of CUNY, the Editorial Board of the Gaming Law Review, and the Institute of Directors, London. He has also been named a 2007 New York Super Lawyer.
Mr. Pantaleo is Vice Chair of the Board's Standing Committee on Fiscal Affairs and chairs its Subcommittee on Audit.
CAROL A. ROBLES-ROMÁN, B.A., J.D., was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in June 2002 as a member of the Board of The City University of New York. She was reappointed by the Mayor in 2013 to a 2 year term ending in June 2015. Recently, Ms. Robles-Roman was appointed President and CEO of Legal Momentum—the nation's oldest nonprofit legal group dedicated to advancing the rights of women and girls. Previously, she was Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs from January 2002 until December 2013. She served as Counsel to the Mayor, and oversaw several city agencies, including the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the Criminal Justice Coordinator's Office, the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, and the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs and Language Services. Ms. Robles-Román started her public service career in the New York City Family Court, where she worked as a Senior Court Attorney.
She has held executive management positions in the New York State office of Court Administration, including Special Counsel to Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman, Director of Public Affairs, Special Inspector General for Bias Matters, and Chief of Staff and Counsel to Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Barry Cozier where she helped oversee city and state court operations. She served as the Mayor's representative on the Wave Hill Board of Directors and on the Twin Towers Fund Board of Directors.
Ms. Robles-Román has experience in civil rights enforcement, as she has served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Department of Law under the Hon. Robert Abrams. In 1999, she served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company's continental operations offices. Ms. Robles-Román received her Juris Doctorate degree from New York University School of Law, receiving the Vanderbilt Medal for Extraordinary Contribution to the Law School Community, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Ms. Robles-Román has served on several boards including the NYU School of Law Alumni Association, where she served as President from 1999 to 2000, and the New York Judicial Committee on Women and the Courts.
Ms. Robles-Román chairs the Board's Standing Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs, and holds membership on the Board's Standing Committee on Fiscal Affairs and the Standing Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration.
BARRY F. SCHWARTZ, A.B., J.D., was recently appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York to a term that ends June 2020.
Since 2007, Mr. Schwartz has been Executive Vice Chairman of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., a holding company with interests in a diversified portfolio of public and private companies. From 1993 until 2007, Mr. Schwartz was the firm’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel.
Mr. Schwartz is Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Kenyon College and a member of Georgetown University Law Center Board of Visitors. Mr. Schwartz served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (“AGB”) from 2004 until 2009. Mr. Schwartz is also a member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Human Rights First.
Mr. Schwartz received his A.B., cum laude, from Kenyon College in 1970 and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1974.
Mr. Schwartz holds membership on the Board’s Standing Committee on Fiscal Affairs.
CHARLES A. SHORTER , B.A., M.A., was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a member of the Board of The City University of New York in 2008. He was reappointed by the Mayor in 2013 to a term that ends June 2020. Mr. Shorter is a Senior Advisor at Davis Brody Bond, LLP, Architects and Planners.
Previously he was a Director in the Public/Private practice for Ernst & Young LLP’s Real Estate Transaction Advisory Services Group, with primary responsibility for real estate project management and business development. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Mr. Shorter held senior positions with Arthur Andersen LLP and Real Estate Research Corporation.
Mr. Shorter received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.A. from Columbia University. He was an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Master of Science in Real Estate Development program at Columbia University; he is also a frequent lecturer/speaker on real estate trends and economics.
Mr. Shorter is a board member of the New 42nd Street Corporation, a former board member of The Studio Museum in Harlem, and is a member of the board of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB).
Mr. Shorter holds membership on the Board's Standing Committee on Academic Policy, Program and Research, and the Standing Committee on Facilities, Planning, and Management.
JOSEPH K. AWADJIE, B.S., is currently pursuing a Master of Science Degree at Brooklyn College, specializing in Natural and Behavioral Sciences. In October 2014, he was elected to be the twenty-ninth Chairperson of the University Student Senate (USS) for 2014-2015.
Born and raised in Ghana, Mr. Awadjie is also fluent in the languages of Twi, Fanti and Ga. Since emigrating from Ghana, Mr. Awadjie was drawn to CUNY because of its rich diversity and broad service to New Yorkers of all backgrounds. Mr. Awadjie is dedicated to ensuring that students have an active role in university governance, and is committed to improving the quality of a CUNY education through advocacy at the university, city, and state levels.
Mr. Awadjie received his Bachelor of Science from Brooklyn College in 2007. He served as a Senator in the Brooklyn College Student Government, on the Forensics Debate team and the Academic Club Association, and was captain of the men’s soccer team. Shortly upon returning to Brooklyn College for his Master’s degree, Mr. Awadjie was elected Vice President of the Graduate Student Organization, as well as the USS Vice Chair for Fiscal Affairs.
During his tenure as USS Vice Chair for Fiscal Affairs, Mr. Awadjie was an integral part of the grassroots campaign that restored a Merit Based Scholarship within the New York City Council Budget. With strong support from the City Council Committee on Higher Education, $11.1 million was included in the FY2015 Budget for a Merit Based Scholarship for CUNY students. Over 13,000 students will receive the scholarship next year.
In addition to his position as USS Chairperson and CUNY Student Trustee, Mr. Awadjie currently serves as the President of the Graduate Student Government at Brooklyn College, as well as Second Vice President of the Brooklyn College Alumni Association.
TERRENCE F. MARTELL, B.A., Ph.D., is Chairperson of the University Faculty Senate (UFS) and an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees. He was recently elected to a new two-year term by the UFS and continues to serve on the Board of Trustees.
He is the Director of the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch College and the Saxe Distinguished Professor of Finance. He oversees a myriad of international education programs and projects. Dr. Martell’s area of expertise and research is international commodity markets.
He is a Director of the IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) which is listed on the NYSE. For ICE he serves on the Audit Committee; is Vice Chair of ICE Futures U.S.; Chairman of ICE Clear U.S.; Director of ICE Clear Credit, and Chair of the ICE Clear Credit Risk Committee. Dr. Martell serves on the Board of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and is a member of their Executive Committee. He is also a member of the New York City District Export Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
At CUNY, Dr. Martell is a trustee of the PSC/CUNY Welfare Fund which manages employee supplemental health and retiree benefits, as well as Chair of the Welfare Fund Audit Committee. Dr. Martell was elected Chair of the University Faculty Senate in May of 2012. He is also the elected Chair of the Baruch Faculty Senate and sits on the President’s Cabinet.
Dr. Martell received his B.A. in Economics from Iona College and his Ph.D. in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University.
He is a resident of Pelham, New York, and served as President of the Pelham School Board and the United Way of Pelham. He is married to Rita Simpson and they have three children.
Dr. Martell serves on the Board of Trustees’ Standing Committee on Fiscal Affairs, and its Subcommittees on Investment and Audit.