New Trustee Members Appointed at Trinity College

Nine alumni, four Trinity parents among 11 new trustees

HARTFORD, CT, August 7, 2015 - President Joanne Berger-Sweeney has announced the appointment of 11 new trustees to the Trinity College Board of Trustees.

Nine of the new trustees are alumni, and four are parents of current students or alumni:

  • Thomas Chappell ’66, H’06, P’89, ’92, ’97, ’06 of Kennebunk, Maine
  • James Cuminale ’75, P’09 of Darien, Connecticut
  • Nancy Davis ’79 of Wethersfield, Connecticut
  • Peter Espy ’00 of New York City
  • Michael Huebsch ’80 of Darien, Connecticut
  • Ling Kwok ’94 of New York City
  • Kathleen Foye MacLennan P’17 of Edina, Minnesota
  • Danny Meyer ’80 of New York City
  • James Murren ’83 of Las Vegas
  • Lee Pelton of Boston
  • David Wagner ’84, P’14, ’16 of East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Thomas Chappell ’66, H’06, P’89, ’92, ’97, ’06
Thomas Chappell, an English major at Trinity College, is a socially conscious entrepreneur, environmentalist, and author. A resident of Kennebunk, Maine, he is founder, chief executive officer, and president of Ramblers Way Farm, an American-made, sustainable wool apparel company. In 1970, Chappell and his wife, Kate, co-founded Tom’s of Maine, which went on to introduce several environmentally friendly products, including the first nonphosphate liquid laundry detergent and the first natural toothpaste. Tom’s of Maine is now a division of Colgate-Palmolive Co.

Chappell, who holds a master of theological studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, has had a lifelong interest in the responsibility of the corporation to society and is the author of two books on business ethics, The Soul of a Business: Managing for Profit and the Common Good and Managing Upside Down: Seven Intentions of Values-Centered Leadership.

In 1991, Chappell was honored by Trinity with an Alumni Achievement Award, and, in 2006, the College awarded him an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Four of the Chappells’ five children are Trinity College alumni: Christopher Thomas Chappell ’89, Sarah Chappell Armentrout ’92, Eliza Lyford Chappell ’97, and Luke Chappell ’06.

James W. Cuminale ’75, P’09
James W. Cuminale graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College in 1975 with a B.A. in history and received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1978. He is general counsel at PJT Partners, a financial services and mergers and acquisitions advisory firm in Manhattan. Prior to that, he served as chief legal officer of The Nielsen Company, the world’s leading market research firm. Before joining Nielsen, he was executive vice president and general counsel of PanAmSat, the world’s leading carrier of TV channels. Prior to that, he was a partner at Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Previously a member of Trinity’s Board of Fellows, Cuminale was one of the first supporters of the Summit Scholarship initiative, which provides current-use, merit-based aid to some of Trinity’s highest achieving students. He established an endowed scholarship, the Cuminale Family Scholarship Fund, to further support students at Trinity, and he was the featured speaker at the College’s annual Scholars Reception.

Cuminale and his wife, Cynthia A. Cuminale, are residents of Darien, Connecticut. Their daughter, Jennifer Cuminale ’09, is a Trinity College alumna.

Nancy M. Davis ’79
Nancy M. Davis, a 1979 graduate of Trinity College, has been vice president and chief information officer at United Technologies Corporation (UTC) since 2010. She is responsible for providing leadership to UTC’s information technology (IT) function, including global IT strategies, systems, infrastructure, and supplier management.

She previously served as vice president and chief information officer at Pratt & Whitney (2003-2009) and vice president and chief information officer of Sikorsky (2002-2003). She joined UTC’s Pratt & Whitney division in 1979 and held various positions in IT, including director of engineering and manufacturing systems, infrastructure, architecture and security operations, and global enterprise resource planning implementation.

In addition to her bachelor’s degree in engineering from Trinity, she holds a master of science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She and her husband, Trinity alumnus James Davis, Jr. ’79, reside in Wethersfield, Connecticut.

Peter W. Espy ’00
Peter W. Espy, a resident of New York City, graduated from Trinity College in 2000 with a B.A. in art history and political science.

He is a director of Credit Suisse and a senior advisor to the CEO of Credit Suisse (USA)/co-head of investment banking, based in New York. Prior to his current role, Espy held various positions in the firm’s Investment Banking and Fixed Income departments.

Espy is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In addition to serving on Trinity’s Board of Trustees, he is president of the National Alumni Association (NAA) of Trinity College.

Michael C. Huebsch ’80
Michael C. Huebsch is a managing director at BlackRock, the global asset manager headquartered in New York City, which he joined in 1989. He is chairman of BlackRock’s Financial Institutions Group and a member of the firm’s Global Operating Committee.

He graduated from Trinity College with a B.A. in political science in 1980. He earned an M.B.A. in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1985.

Huebsch served on Trinity’s Board of Fellows (2010-2013) and is a member of the Board of Overseers of the School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science at St. John’s University in New York City. He and his wife, Suzanne d’Harcourt Hooper, reside in Darien, Connecticut. Their son, Hunter, is a recent college graduate, and their daughter, Elizabeth, is a rising college senior.

Ling S. Kwok ’94
Ling S. Kwok co-founded KP Capital Partners in 2005. The firm is set up as a family of private equity limited partnerships focused on cross-border transactions investing in restructurings, turnarounds, and other special situations. Previously, Kwok worked in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and Citicorp Securities in New York.

Raised in Farmington, Connecticut, Kwok attended Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford and earned his B.A. with honors from Trinity College as a double major in economics and Asian studies. He and his wife, Vicki Kwok, reside in New York City with their two children.

Kwok, who previously served on Trinity’s Board of Fellows, is a member of the Board of Trustees at The Browning School, a private school located in New York City.

Kathleen Foye MacLennan P’17
A native of Connecticut, Kathleen Foye MacLennan is the former access coordinator at Edina High School in Edina, Minnesota, where she designed and implemented programs that assist students with college planning, applications, and scholarship opportunities. She serves as a communications adviser and board member for several nonprofit organizations. Previously, she worked as a litigation attorney at Baker & McKenzie in Chicago and St. Paul.

MacLennan is a board member of the Edina Give and Go and a former board chair of College Possible Twin Cities. The Edina Community Foundation and Connecting with Kids honored MacLennan with a community leadership award for her volunteer work with Edina youth.

A 1983 graduate of Amherst College, MacLennan received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago in 1987. She resides in Edina along with her husband, David MacLennan. Their daughter, Margaret MacLennan, is a Trinity student in the Class of 2017.

Danny Meyer ’80
Danny Meyer, who received his B.A. in political science from Trinity College, opened his first restaurant, Union Square Cafe, in New York City in 1985, when he was 27. He went on to found the Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG), which includes Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, Jazz Standard, The Modern, Maialino, Untitled, North End Grill, Marta, Union Square Events, and Hospitality Quotient. Meyer, his restaurants, and his chefs have earned an unprecedented 25 James Beard Awards. A previous Meyer/USHG restaurant chain, Shake Shack, which had grown to be the largest part of USHG’s portfolio, is now a separate entity, having made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange in 2015.

Meyer’s business book, Setting the Table, is a New York Times bestseller. He serves on the board of Share Our Strength and has long supported hunger relief initiatives including City Harvest, God’s Love We Deliver, and the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger. He is equally active in civic affairs, serving on the executive committees of NYC & Company, Union Square Partnership, and the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Meyer was honored in 2000 with Trinity’s Gary McQuaid Award and also received, in 1999, a 175th Anniversary Award from the College. He lives in New York with his wife, Audrey Heffernan Meyer, and their children. 

James Murren ’83
James Murren has been chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International since 2008. Previously, he served in various roles at MGM Mirage, including chief operating officer, chief financial officer, and treasurer. Prior to joining MGM in 1998, he spent 14 years on Wall Street as a top-ranked equity analyst, first with the firm Cyrus J. Lawrence and later as director of research and managing director at Deutsche Bank.

Murren holds leadership roles with several corporate and nonprofit entities, including the Murren Family Foundation (board member and secretary); The Brookings Institution (board member); the American Gaming Association (chairman); the University of Nevada-Reno Foundation (trustee emeritus); and the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.

A double major in art history and urban studies at Trinity, Murren served previously on the College’s Board of Fellows, and he was honored in 2003 with Trinity’s Gary McQuaid Award. He resides in Las Vegas with his wife, Heather Hay Murren.

M. Lee Pelton
M. Lee Pelton is the 12th president of Emerson College in Boston. He came to Emerson after serving as the president of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

He began his academic career at Harvard University, where he earned a Ph.D. in English literature with an academic focus on 19th-century British prose and poetry. He taught English and American literature at Harvard and served as senior tutor at Winthrop House. He later served on the Harvard Board of Overseers and as a vice chair of its executive committee. After Harvard, Pelton served as dean of the college at Colgate University and Dartmouth College.

Pelton has been active in several higher education associations and cultural organizations including the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (past chair), the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Association of American Colleges & Universities. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Boston Chamber of Commerce, Museum of African American History (Boston), the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, the Boston Arts Academy (chair), and the Council of Independent Colleges. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and on the Board of Overseers at WGBH (Boston).

David Wagner ’84, P’14, ’16
David Wagner is chairman and managing partner of Downing Partners, a medical technology-focused venture investment company whose portfolio companies that remain private have raised more than $125 million in equity capital. Wagner has more than 30 years of management experience and has served as a consultant for corporate strategy and technology development to some of the world’s leading companies. He is the founding chief executive officer of the following Downing Partners portfolio companies: 3si (surgical operating room monitoring systems), Medrobotics (robotic systems for minimally invasive surgery), IVC Healthcom (voice-driven data entry electronic health record), pHase2 microtechnologies (micro-electro-mechanical-systems-based pH sensor), Telecardia (micro-electro-mechanical-systems-based cardiac sensors).

An economics major at Trinity, Wagner received his M.B.A. from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Previously, he served as a member of Trinity’s Board of Fellows.

Wagner and his wife, Carol Wagner P’14, ’16, reside in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Two of their three children have attended Trinity; their son James T. Wagner is a 2014 Trinity graduate and their daughter, Jacqueline M. Wagner ’16, is a current student at Trinity.


A full listing of the Trinity College Board of Trustees can be found here on the College’s website.