The Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College today elected to the Board two new trustees, Trevor D. Rees-Jones ’73 and Peggy Epstein Tanner ’79 P’11.
Charles E. Haldeman ’70, chair of the Board, said, “We are delighted to add two distinguished and dedicated alumni to further deepen the expertise of Dartmouth’s Board. Peggy and Trevor bring strong leadership skills, many years of service as Dartmouth volunteers, and valuable experience in business and not-for-profit organizations. We look forward to working closely with them in the years ahead.”
Rees-Jones, who lives in Dallas, Texas, is the founder and president of Chief Oil & Gas, an independent oil and natural gas company. He formerly served as president and on the boards of The Dallas Petroleum Club and the Dallas Wildcat Committee. Prior to entering the energy business, Rees-Jones was a partner at the law firm of Thompson & Knight until 1983. He and his wife Jan have established the Rees-Jones Foundation, which provides support and funding for programs to improve medical care, housing, hunger, education, and basic human services for the poor and underserved in north Texas. The couple has two sons.
Rees-Jones said, “Dartmouth and my Dartmouth education have meant a great deal to me, and I have witnessed the tremendous impact the College continues to have on students’ lives today. I am thankful and humbled to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees, and to continue giving back to Dartmouth and supporting its new president, Jim Yong Kim.”
A history major, Rees-Jones graduated with distinction from Dartmouth in 1973 and earned a JD from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 1978. As a Dartmouth volunteer, he has served as a fraternity/sorority coordinator (Rees-Jones was a member of Phi Delta Alpha as an undergraduate), as co-chair of his reunion giving committee for the Dartmouth College Fund, and is a member of the President’s Leadership Council.
Tanner, who lives in New York City, worked at Chemical Bank and Morgan Stanley for over a decade before dedicating herself to her work with numerous nonprofits. She currently works at Seeds of Peace, a not-for-profit in New York City. She also is vice chair of the board of trustees at Blythedale Children’s Hospital, and president emeritus and a founding member of The Summer Camp, which provides girls from low-income families and foster homes with a camp experience. Tanner has also served on the boards of FoodPatch, the United Way of Harrison/Purchase, and Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic.
Tanner said, “As the daughter of an alumnus, the sister of an alumna, and a Dartmouth alumna and parent, Dartmouth has always been a major part of my life.” Tanner’s father Alan R. Epstein is a member of the Class of 1947, sister Elizabeth E. Kadin is Class of 1977, and son Eric Tanner is Class of 2011. “At my father’s 20th reunion I told President John Sloan Dickey that I hoped Dartmouth would become co-ed some day so that I might have the opportunity to attend. I was thrilled when my dream became a reality and I was able to be part of one of Dartmouth’s first classes of women. It is an honor and a privilege now to be able to serve Dartmouth as a member of the Board of Trustees.”
Tanner earned an AB in history from Dartmouth, graduating in 1979 with distinction in her major. She has been honored twice as a consistently active Dartmouth volunteer, first in 1990 as an inaugural recipient of the Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award, and in 2007 with a Dartmouth College Alumni Award “for extraordinary service to Dartmouth and civic organizations in addition to career accomplishment.” She has served as chair of the Tucker Foundation’s Board of Visitors, as a member of the Alumni Council and chair of the Council’s Nominating Committee, and as a member of the President’s Leadership Council. She served two terms as the Class of 1979’s head agent, and was reunion giving co-chair for her class’s 25th and 30th reunions. For her volunteer work as a fundraiser, she was inducted into Dartmouth’s Stephen F. Mandel Sr. ’52 Society.
She and her husband David have three sons. Her oldest son Eric ’11 was recently elected president of Dartmouth’s Student Assembly for 2010-11.