Three new board members were elected by the Ursinus College Board of Trustees during its spring meeting on May 11-12, 2016. The announcement of the appointments, as well as the board’s newly-elected leadership team, comes at an important juncture for the college as it looks forward to its 150th anniversary during the 2019-2020 academic year.
“The next few years present incredible opportunity for Ursinus and its liberal arts legacy, especially as we invest in our Collegeville campus while simultaneously exploring greater partnerships with Philadelphia,” said Ursinus College President Brock Blomberg. “The new members of the board of trustees have a well-earned reputation as leaders, innovators, and collaborators and can help lead these strategic priorities.”
During the meeting, former Pennsylvania State Republican Committee Chair Alan Novak ’71 brought his four-year term as board chair to a close. Michael Marcon ’86, chairman and CEO of San Francisco, Calif.-based Equity Risk Partners, formally assumes the chairmanship on July 1.
The newly elected trustees are:
Michael Markman P’20 of Abington, Pa.,is co-founder and president of BET Investments, a real estate development and management company. Markman oversees acquisitions, leasing, financing and development for the Horsham-based company. He formerly served as general counsel of a publicly traded New York Stock Exchange real estate investment trust (REIT) with over $500 million in assets, for which he managed all legal matters.
Markman serves on the board of directors of the Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. He is also an Abington Township commissioner and serves on the boards of various charitable groups.
David Rosvold ’80 of Riverton, N.J., is a clinical cardiologist at Mercer Bucks Cardiology, serving patients at its Lawrenceville, N.J., and Robbinsville, N.J., locations. An active member of The Medical Staff at St. Francis Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson at Hamilton, Rosvold serves on the consulting staff at Capital Health Systems.
After a 15 year career performing interventional and clinical cardiology, he is now focused on preventative cardiology and works with patients to prevent primary and secondary coronary events.
Margaret Williams ’80 of Austin, Tex.,serves as senior vice president for research and development for Cray Inc., where she is responsible for software and hardware engineering efforts. As the global leader in high performance computing (HPC), Cray provides innovative supercomputing systems that enable scientists and engineers in government, industry, and academia to meet existing and future computational challenges.
Williams previously served as vice president of database technology for IBM, managed their HPC software and AIX development, and held various other positions in HPC software development at IBM. Her extensive HPC experience also includes leading the user support team at the Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC). Williams received the Alumni Professional Achievement/Service to Humanity Award from Ursinus College in 2010.
Marcon said he was honored and privileged to have served with, and been mentored by, Novak, who now becomes an emeritus member of the board. “I hope that I can bring some measure of grace and leadership that Alan has provided as we approach celebrating the college’s 150th anniversary, and position Ursinus for its next 150 years,” said Marcon. He credited Novak with skillfully steering Ursinus through a presidential transition and the unexpected passing of former President Bobby Fong, through the implementation of the college’s upcoming comprehensive campaign, and helping to expand the college’s footprint on campus and into Philadelphia.
Along with Marcon, the board’s leadership will consist of Vice Chair Nina Stryker ’78, partner at Philadelphia-based Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP; Treasurer Will Abele ’61, CEO of Troemner in Thorofare, N.J.; and Secretary Patricia Clark Bowman ’73, retired regional administrator for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). – E.M.