Alumni casting ballots to elect the next alumni fellow of the Yale board of trustees
Voting has opened in the 2019 Alumni Fellow Election, which will determine the next alumni fellow of the Yale Board of Trustees, known formally as the Yale Corporation. Eligible alumni from around the world have until May 19 to cast their ballots for one of the two candidates. The individual receiving the highest number of votes will begin a six-year term on July 1.
“The Yale Corporation — the university’s board of trustees — plays a vital role in supporting Yale’s mission, progress toward its goals, and continued excellence as the global research university most committed to teaching and learning,” said President Peter Salovey in a letter to alumni about the election. “In the six years that I have been president, this small yet diverse group of dedicated volunteers has helped to shepherd forward a major renewal of the university’s academic and administrative leadership, overseen the completion and inception of a series of transformative facilities projects, and guided the development of our strategy for the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences — the cornerstones of our academic priorities.”
This year’s candidates are Ann Miura-Ko ’98 B.S., a co-founder and managing partner of the venture capital firm Floodgate, and Carol McPhillips Roberts ’81 B.S., former chief financial officer of the International Paper company. The candidates, nominated by the Alumni Fellow Nominating Committee of the Yale Alumni Association, are selected based on their ability to contribute expertise and experience that complement those of current trustees.
The committee “nominates exceptional leaders with the knowledge and skills to serve the Corporation’s governing and advisory activities in support of Yale’s mission,” says Kimberly Goff-Crews, university secretary and vice president for student life.
The Office of the Secretary manages the annual election, which will conclude on the eve of University Commencement, on Sunday, May 19. Votes must be cast on an official ballot. Election materials and the official ballot have been sent electronically to all eligible alumni with an email address on record with the university. Those who do not have an email address on file will receive a postcard with instructions on how to cast a ballot. Paper ballots have been sent via U.S. mail to alumni who specifically requested hard-copy materials.
Alumni who have questions about voting may contact Election Services Corporation by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-866-720-HELP (4357) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT.