Trustees Elect New Chair and Three New Members

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Elizabeth Cahill Lempres ’83, Thayer ’84, will succeed Laurel Richie ’81 as chair.

Four Board of Trustees members
Clockwise from the top left, Elizabeth Cahill Lempres ’83, Thayer ’84, has been elected chair of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees as of June 14; and Neal Katyal ’91, Scott Stuart ’81, and Joyce Sackey ’85, MED ’89, have been elected to serve four-year terms as trustees, beginning July 1. 

The Dartmouth Board of Trustees announced today that trustees Richard W. Lewis ’84 and Elizabeth Mahoney Loughlin ’89 have been re-elected to a second term and Neal Katyal ’91, Joyce Sackey ’85, MED ’89, and Scott Stuart ’81 have been elected to four-year terms, effective July 1.

In addition, Elizabeth Cahill Lempres ’83, Thayer ’84, has been elected chair of the board. Lempres, who has served as an alumni trustee since 2018, will succeed Laurel Richie ’81 on June 14.

“I pass the baton to Liz with great confidence in her strategic skills, her years of service as a trustee and a member of the Thayer advisory board, and most of all, her unwavering commitment to Dartmouth,” says Richie, who was elected to the board as a charter trustee in 2012 and became chair in 2017. “I offer my heartfelt congratulations to her, and a warm welcome to Neal, Joyce, and Scott.” 

“Dartmouth has been fortunate to have as visionary and dedicated a leader as Laurel Richie to help guide us in these unprecedented times, and I am grateful to her for all she has done for this institution,” says President Philip J. Hanlon ’77.

“I also want to extend my gratitude to Liz for her leadership and enthusiasm as she steps into this new role, and to welcome Neal, Scott, and Joyce as they prepare to join us,” President Hanlon says. “The board is in good hands.”

Katyal and Stuart will be charter trustees; Sackey will be an alumni trustee, nominated by alumni and elected by the board.

In addition to Richie this summer finishing her time on the board, trustees Emily Bakemeier ’82, who is the board’s vice chair, and Mitchell Kurz ’73 will complete their service on the board. They will have each served two terms, Bakemeier as a charter trustee and Kurz as an alumni trustee.

Elizabeth Cahill Lempres ’83, Thayer ’84 (Chair)

“I’m delighted to take on this role and to build on Laurel’s exemplary leadership,” says Lempres. “The board’s strategic priorities of ensuring preeminence in a rapidly changing landscape, building a more diverse and inclusive community, and increasing engagement with the graduate schools will remain core to our agenda. On a personal note, it’s a privilege to serve Dartmouth in this way. I arrived in Hanover a first-generation college student and a beneficiary of the College’s commitment to need-blind admissions. Dartmouth both challenged and gave me the confidence to embrace bolder aspirations. I will be forever grateful.”

Lempres currently serves on the boards of General Mills, Axalta, Great-West Lifeco and Culligan. She has been a member of the Thayer School Board of Advisors since 2012 and is on the board of Social Finance, a nonprofit focused on mobilizing capital for social impact. A senior partner emeritus at McKinsey & Co., she had global responsibility for the consumer and private equity practices and was the managing partner of the Boston office. At Dartmouth, she majored in engineering and earned a BE from Thayer School of Engineering. She went on to earn her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was designated a Baker Scholar. She and her husband, Marty Lempres ’84, live in Boston and have three children, Grace ’11, Dan, and Katherine.

Neal Katyal ’91

“Dartmouth made me who I am, and I have bled green for over 30 years,” says Katyal, the Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of Law at Georgetown University and a partner at Hogan Lovells, LLP, who says he takes his inspiration from Daniel Webster, Class of 1801. “As both an alum and a Dartmouth parent, it’s incredibly important to me that Dartmouth continue its tradition of excellence and diversity. At a time when the globe and nation are under multiple threats, the liberal arts education Dartmouth instills in students points the way forward. I’m so honored to be joining this distinguished board, particularly alongside Joyce and Scott.”

Katyal, the former acting solicitor general of the United States, has argued 44 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court—more than any previous minority attorney, including Thurgood Marshall—and once played himself in an episode of the Netflix series House of Cards. A graduate of Yale Law School, he clerked for the Honorable Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court.

He went on to serve as national security adviser and as special assistant to the deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, which in 2011 awarded him the Edmund Randolph Award—its highest civilian honor. Chief Justice John Roberts has twice named him to the Advisory Committee on Federal Appellate Rules. Among many other honors, he was named “One of the 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Last Decade” by National Law Journal, “One of the 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers Over the Last 30 Years” by Legal Times, and one of GQ’s “Men of the Year” in 2017. He has authored dozens of scholarly legal articles, and his op-eds frequently appear in The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other publications. He is a member of the President’s Leadership Council and is currently serving as a special prosecutor for the State of Minnesota in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin. Katyal and his wife live in Chevy Chase, Md. They have three children.

Joyce Sackey ’85, MED ’89

“My Dartmouth education opened doors for me that I could not have imagined, and provided me with the opportunity for lifelong friendships with some of the most amazing people I have ever encountered,” says Sackey, who is associate provost and chief diversity officer for Tufts University’s Health Sciences Schools and dean for multicultural affairs and global health and the Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. “Higher education is facing multiple challenges, from the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced us to reimagine how we deliver first-rate education to the racial-justice reckoning sweeping our nation. In my current role at Tufts, I have thought deeply about these questions and engaged in conversations with our leadership, faculty, staff, and students across our institution. I believe I will be able to contribute to similar conversations at Dartmouth.”

As a member of Tuft’s Academic and Provost Councils, she works with university leadership to fulfill the institution’s strategic mission and goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She co-chaired the Institutional Audit and Targeted Action and Equity and Inclusion workstreams as part of the university’s Antiracism Initiative.

Before joining the faculty at Tufts, Sackey was an assistant professor of medicine and associate director and adviser for the William Augustus Hinton Society at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and attending physician in medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), where she completed her residency in internal medicine and served as primary care chief resident. She completed advanced fellowship training in medical education at the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at BIDMC and HMS, where she was a Senior Rabkin Fellow and currently serves on the board. As an undergraduate at Dartmouth, she majored in biology, and went on to earn her MD from the Geisel School of Medicine, where she currently serves as a member of the Geisel Board of Advisors. She has also served on the boards of Management Sciences for Health and the Foundation for African Relief. She lives with her husband and their two children in Sharon, Mass.

Scott Stuart ’81

“Dartmouth opened up a new, exciting world for me when I arrived in Hanover from New Orleans in 1977,” says Stuart, who has served on 20 nonprofit and for-profit boards. “I loved the high-quality education, the outdoor sports, and above all else, the collection of really smart, really nice people—many of whom remain my closest friends to this day. I owe so much to Dartmouth and all the doors it opened for me, and I hope my experience can help in a number of areas.”

Stuart, who majored in English at Dartmouth and earned his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, is the co-founder of Sageview Capital, which provides growth equity and operational support to tech-enabled businesses. Before Sageview, he was a partner at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company (KKR), where he was a member of the firm’s investment committee and was involved with investments in the consumer products, media, industrial, and power sectors.

He began his career in mergers and acquisitions at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb. Stuart currently serves on the board of directors of Drivewyze, NAM, and Pax8, and chairs the board of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is a member of Dartmouth’s President’s Leadership Council, The Call to Lead Campaign Executive Committee, and the Council on Foreign Relations. His past board memberships include Rapid RTC, Reflexis, Cadence Bancorporation, United Capital, EverBank, Chrysler Group LLC (United States Treasury representative), Duracell, Nabisco, Borden, Elmers, World Color, Granum Communications, DPL, Sealy Inc., Newsquest Media Group, Greenwich Country Day School, Brunswick School, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He and his wife live in Greenwich, Conn. They have four children, three of whom have attended Dartmouth.

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