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Alumni Council Announces Trustee Slate

After an extensive review of potential candidates, the Dartmouth Alumni Council has nominated a slate of four individuals for two alumni trustee seats opening in June 2005. Alumni will vote on the slate in a national balloting contest in the spring. Alumni will continue to have the option to vote via traditional paper, as well as Internet, ballots. The council's nominees are:

Sheila C. Cheston '80
Sheila C. Cheston '80
Bethesda, Md.

Sheila Cheston is senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of BAE Systems North America, a $6 billion defense, aerospace, and information technology company. Immediately prior to joining BAE Systems, she was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where she was chair of the firm's international aviation, defense, and aerospace group. She has held various political appointments in the government, including general counsel of the Department of the Air Force (1995-98) and special associate counsel to the president of the United States (1994). As general counsel of the USAF, Cheston oversaw the work of approximately 1,500 lawyers. A 1984 graduate of Columbia University School of Law, she has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School. She is on the board of trustees of Freedom from Hunger, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. At Dartmouth, Cheston was on the varsity crew team and was a member of the Cobra Senior Society and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Her alumni volunteer activities include fundraising for her class and enrollment interviewing.

Richard W. Lewis '84
Richard W. Lewis '84
London, England

Ric Lewis is chief executive of Curzon Global Partners and board director of IXIS AEW Europe, Curzon's European parent, where he directs investment strategy for this international real estate advisory firm. Based in London, he acts as the chief investment officer for a EUR 10.6 billion pan-European investment portfolio. An economics major at Dartmouth, Lewis played basketball and was a member of Chi Gamma Epsilon/Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Sphinx Society. A longtime resident of Boston before moving to London, he was a director of the Boys & Girls Club of Boston; the I Have A Dream Foundation, Boston; The Giving Back Fund; and the Judge Baker Children's Center. He has been a fundraiser for his class, is a member of the Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association, and currently serves on the board of overseers of the Rockefeller Center. Lewis was an alumni trustee candidate in 2003, and this year's nominating committee is pleased he has agreed to participate in the balloting again.

Gregg L. Engles '79
Gregg L. Engles '79
Dallas, Tex.

Gregg Engles is chairman and CEO of Dean Foods Company, one of the leading food and beverage companies in the country, the largest processor and distributor of dairy products, and the nation's leading manufacturer of soy milk, organic milk, and other organic foods. Engles founded the company as Suiza Foods Corporation in 1993 and has acted as chief executive officer and chairman of the board since that time. A 1982 graduate of Yale Law School, he clerked for Anthony Kennedy, then a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and now a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, before starting his career path in the consumer goods industry. Active on many corporate boards, Engles currently serves on the boards of directors of Grocery Manufacturers of America, Students In Free Enterprise, Southwestern Medical Foundation, Swift & Co., and Boys & Girls Club of America. At Dartmouth, Engles was a member of Chi Gamma Epsilon/Kappa Sigma fraternity. As an alumnus, he has done fundraising for his class, most recently for its 25th reunion, and is a member of the President's Leadership Council.

Curtis R. Welling '71, Tu'77
Curtis R. Welling '71, Tu'77
Wilton, Conn.

Curt Welling is president and CEO of AmeriCares, a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization that provides immediate response to emergency medical needs around the world. Welling has an extensive career in global finance and long involvement in nonprofit work. He was CEO of Princeton eCom Corp., president/CEO of SG Cowen Securities Corp., and EVP of Societe Generale Americas. He also has held senior investment banking positions at Bear Stearns and Credit Suisse First Boston. For ten years, Welling was the chair of Spence-Chapin Services, a leading adoption and child service agency. He is currently vice chair of the Adirondack Council and a trustee of the Weir Farm Historic Trust. He has an MBA from Tuck and a JD from Vanderbilt Law School. At Dartmouth, Welling was a Rufus Choate Scholar, a broadcaster for WDCR, and a member of Dragon Senior Society and Phi Delta Alpha fraternity. His extensive alumni volunteer involvement includes reunion and reunion-giving chair, fundraiser, and president of the Dartmouth Alumni Council.

A ballot with the slate of candidates will be sent to alumni in March. Petition candidates may have a place on the ballot provided they submit a petition form with 500 signatures of Dartmouth alumni. Only original, signed petitions in ink other than black will be accepted. Neither fax nor electronic petitions will be considered valid. The deadline for submitting petition forms is February 23, 2005. Petition forms must be requested by February 10, 2005. To receive a form, please write to

Patricia Fisher, Director of Alumni Leadership, Dartmouth College,
6068 Blunt Alumni Center, Hanover, NH 03755,
email: patricia.fisher@dartmouth.edu;
phone: (603) 646-2258.

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Last Updated: 5/30/08