Hobart and William Smith Colleges alumni and alumnae elect three new members, and the Board names a fourth.
June 3, 2002 Geneva, N.Y. – Four new members recently joined the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees. Susan Connolly Eckert, Class of 1970, was appointed by the Board. Arthur Medici, Class of 1971, Christine Wardell, Class of 1970, and Susan Albert Athas, Class of 1975, were elected by the alumni and alumnae of the Colleges.
Eckert is the president of the United Way of Lancaster County, Pa., where she supervises fund raising and distribution, volunteer management and general operations. She has been with the United Way since 1986. Prior to her involvement with the United Way she was head of the YWCA in Lancaster. Her volunteer activities in her community include membership in the Lancaster Rotary and service on several boards, including the board of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Eckert was a very active William Smith student, serving in a number of leadership roles, including serving as class president for three of her four years and as president of the William Smith Congress. She was on the Big Sister Committee and served as director of the Summer Enrichment Program for Geneva’s Disadvantaged Youth. After graduation she earned her master’s degree in special education from Boston College and then taught special education. She later moved to college admissions work at Smith and Vassar, before relocating to Lancaster and taking up her positions there. She has been an active alumna, serving as a past-president of the William Smith Alumnae Association and a recipient of the Alumnae Association Citation in recognition of her contribution to the College. She has also returned to her alma mater as a speaker for William Smith’s Founder’s Day, and served on a variety of committees and as a career counselor. Eckert previously served as an elected representative on the Colleges’ Board from 1997-2001.
Medici, who grew up in Rochester and currently resides in Great Falls, Va., is currently president and CEO of Logilent, an e-learning company based in Lafayette, Calif. He began his professional career with IBM, in sales and marketing, and later served in senior executive positions at The Thomson Corp., Cable and Wireless, Internet Commerce Corp., and SmartSoft. He will bring his business experience, especially in technology and marketing, to the Colleges.
Medici has long been active in alumni activities, including serving as the president of the Hobart Alumni Council, chairman of the annual fund, a member of the campaign steering committee, president of the Boston Alumni Club, and class agent. In 1996 he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Citation from Hobart College.
After graduating in 1970, Wardell earned her M.A. in educational theory at the University of Toronto then earned her J.D. at Antioch College School of Law. She served as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., as a litigation manager for Federal Home Loan Bank Board, and as senior counsel for antitrust and legal compliance for Air Touch Communications in San Francisco, before becoming a full-time mother. Her community activities have included service on several charitable boards and American Bar Association committees. She has been a frequent speaker on panels and authored a number of articles on issues regarding organizational compliance with law. Through her background in law, education, government and business, she will bring broad knowledge to her duties as a Board member.
As a student at William Smith, Wardell served on the student judiciary and was a student trustee to the Board. She received an Alumna Citation in 1994, spoke at the Colleges’ Founder’s Day, was a Reunion co-chair in 1994 and for some years served as a career volunteer.
Athas is currently the president of Fit to be Framed and Acorn Editions in Westwood, Mass. In the past she was the director of C. G. Rein Galleries in Minneapolis, Minn., and J. Todd Galleries in Boston, Mass. Previous to those positions she was on the staff of four members of the House of Representatives. As a William Smith student, she was active in admissions work, student teaching and chairman of the Big Sisters Committee.
As an alumna she received an Alumna Citation in 2000 and was nominated for the Ernest T. Sewert Award for Alumni Volunteer Involvement in 1997. She has served as president of the Alumnae Association, coordinator of William Smith clubs in various locations, and was the initiator of the Alumna Achievement Award. She has also been a Reunion coordinator, a career counselor, a phonathon participant, and more. She has served for the past year in a seat vacated by another member who had stepped down from the Board.
The four new Trustees were approved at the spring Board of Trustees meeting and will all serve until 2006.