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And the Winners Are...

July-August 2009

The names of the new members of the Board of Overseers and the new elected directors of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) were announced during the association’s annual meeting on the afternoon of Commencement day. The 30,383 alumni ballots mailed back in the two elections represent a turnout of 12.9 percent.

Elected as Overseers for six-year terms were:

Photeine Anagnostopoulos ’81, M.B.A. ’85, New York City. COO, New York City Department of Education.

Morgan Chu, J.D. ’76, Los Angeles. Partner, Irell and Manella LLP.

Walter Clair ’77, M.D. ’81, M.P.H. ’85, Nashville, Tennessee. Assistant professor of clinical medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; clinical director of cardiac electrophysiology, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute.

Linda Greenhouse ’68, New Haven, Connecticut. Knight distinguished journalist-in-residence and Goldstein senior fellow in law, Yale Law School.

Cristián Samper, Ph.D. ’92, Washington, D.C. Director, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.


Elected as Overseer for three years, to complete the term of Arne S. Duncan ’86, who resigned upon becoming U.S. Secretary of Education, was the sixth-place finisher:

Joshua Boger, Ph.D. ’79, Concord, Massachusetts. Founder and former CEO, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Neither petition candidate who ran this year, Robert L. Freedman ’62 or Harvey A. Silverglate, LL.B. ’67, was elected.


Chosen as elected directors for three-year terms were: 

Margaret Angell ’98, M.P.A. ’06, Washington, D.C. White House fellow, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Paul Choi ’86, J.D. ’89, Chicago. Partner, Sidley Austin LLP.

Carlos Cordeiro ’78, M.B.A. ’80, Hong Kong. Retired partner, Goldman Sachs.

Cindy Maxwell ’92, M.D. ’96, Toronto. Assistant professor of obstetrics and gynaecology and staff perinatologist, Mount Sinai Hospital.

Elizabeth Ryan ’81, Los Angeles. Producer and director for film and television.

Meg Vaillancourt ’78, Boston. Vice president, corporate and community affairs, the Boston Red Sox.