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Reed College Adds Four Trustees


Portland Ore (April 16, 2013)--Reed College voted four new members to its board of trustees during its April meeting. The new members bring a wealth of diverse knowledge and experience to Reed’s board. The new members are Dr. Suzanne Cassidy ’65, medical geneticist and pediatrician and professor of pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco; Kurt D. DelBene, President, Microsoft Office Division; Richard J. Danzig ’65, member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and former Secretary of the Navy; and Georges St. Laurent Jr., investor, and founder of the St. Laurent Institute, which researches traditional medicines through genomic and proteomic sciences.

Roger Perlmutter, who in March was appointed as executive vice president of Merck and president of Merck Research Laboratories, will remain as chair of Reed’s board of trustees.

Dr. Suzanne B. Cassidy of Sausalito, California is a 1965 Reed College graduate and a medical geneticist and pediatrician. Cassidy’s practice has a focus on the causes of developmental delay particularly Prader-Willi Syndrome an area in which she is considered to be one of the world’s top experts. She is a consultant with Genetic Medical Central California and is president of the International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organization. Previously, Cassidy was the chief of the human genetics division and director of the residency training program in medical genetics at the University of California at Irvine. She has served on the boards of the American Board of Medical Genetics and the American Society of Human Genetics. In 1996 and 1998, Cassidy was featured in American Health magazine as one of the “Best Doctors in America.”

Richard Danzig of Washington, D.C. is a 1965 Reed College graduate. In addition to being a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, he is a bioterrorism consultant; a director of Human Genome Sciences Corporation; and a director of the European venture capital fund Saffron Hill Ventures. He served as Secretary of the Navy from 1998 to 2001 and as Under Secretary of the Navy from 1993 to 1997; he was the vice chairman and interim president of the International Human Rights Law Group; he has taught law at Harvard and Stanford universities; and was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White. He is also the author of National Service: What Would It Mean?, which informed the development of the current U.S. civilian national service system.

Kurt DelBene of Medina, Washington was a business strategy consultant and software developer for AT&T Bell Laboratories before joining Microsoft in 1992. DelBene worked on the development of several high-profile Microsoft applications including Outlook, Exchange, Schedule+, messaging and personal information-management applications, and was responsible for the development of Microsoft client and server software. Since taking over as president of Microsoft Office Division his responsibilities have expnded to include the company’s global strategy for a wide range of products including Office, Exchange, Sharepoint, Lync, and Visio. DelBene’s wife is Suzan DelBene a 1983 Reed College graduate, former Reed board member, and recently elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives serving Washington’s 1st Congressional District.

Georges St. Laurent Jr, of Vancouver, Washington manages a portfolio of investments across the financial services, real estate, and agricultural sectors. St. Laurent’s impressive career includes being president and CEO of Western Bank, where he grew assets from $300 million to roughly $1 billion before Washington Mutual acquired it in 1996. He is the owner of St. Laurent Land and Cattle Co. in Eagle Point, Oregon and is the founder of St. Laurent Reality Florida. He served as CEO of Consolidated Forest Products and CEO of GS Containers, which manufactures Sterno Canned Heat. St. Laurent is a member of the President’s Circle of the National Academy of Sciences and has served as a trustee for Rockefeller University, the Sabin Foundation, and Oregon Health and Sciences University.

The new trustees were elected to the board during Reed’s April meeting.