New Trustee Members Appointed at Trinity College

Four Alumni, Three Trinity Parents Among Five New Trustees

​HARTFORD, CT, August 9, 2016 – President Joanne Berger-Sweeney has announced the appointment of five new trustees to the Trinity College Board of Trustees.

Four of the new trustees are alumni, and three are parents of current students or recent alumni:

  • Scott C. Butera ’88, P’18, ’20 of Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Steven A. Elmendorf ’82 of Washington, D.C.

  • Elizabeth “Liz” Elting ’87 of New York City

  • Pamela D. McKoin P’15 of Stamford, Connecticut

  • Richard W. “Rick” Wagner ’83, P’18 of Cambridge, Massachusetts

Scott C. Butera ’88, P’18, ’20

Scott C. Butera serves as commissioner of the Arena Football League, where he oversees all league operations for team franchises located in major markets in the United States, including Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. Prior to his time with the AFL, Butera held several positions in the lodging, gaming, real estate, media, and entertainment industries, including serving as president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino, CEO of Tropicana Entertainment, COO of the Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino, and president, COO, and executive vice president of Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc. His financial background includes two decades in investment banking with UBS Investment Bank, Credit Suisse First Boston, Smith Barney, and Bear Stearns & Co. He began his career as an accountant in the financial services practice of Coopers & Lybrand in New York.

Butera earned a B.A. in economics from Trinity. He went on to earn an M.A. and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He also has been a member of Trinity’s Board of Fellows.

Butera and his wife, Denise Butera P’18, ’20, have three children, including Allison ’18 and Christopher ’20, and live in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Steven A. Elmendorf ’82

Steven A. Elmendorf is a co-founder and partner of Subject Matter, a strategic communications and government relations consulting firm in Washington, D.C. His 30-plus years in Washington have been grounded in daily interaction with the White House, administration officials, members of Congress, and leading interest groups on the front lines of economic, social, domestic, national security, and foreign policy debates. Elmendorf rose to be the highest level Democratic staffer in the House of Representatives as chief of staff to House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt and served as a senior adviser to the Gephardt, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton presidential campaigns. Elmendorf, a frequent guest on CNN, has been consistently listed among the most influential leaders in Washington by Politico, The Hill, New Republic, and other major publications. Elmendorf is also a past chairman of the board of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and has been a national leader and spokesperson for the LGBT community for many years. 

Elmendorf earned a B.A. in history from Trinity. He later served the College as a member of the Board of Fellows and the Alumni Communications Advisory Council.

Elmendorf resides in Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth “Liz” Elting ’87

Elizabeth “Liz” Elting is the co-founder and co-CEO of TransPerfect, the world’s largest privately held provider of language services and technology solutions. TransPerfect has offices in 90 cities on six continents. Previously, Elting worked in sales and production for the translation company Euramerica, which was later acquired by Berlitz. She has been honored with numerous awards, including the 2016 Women of Power and Influence Award from the New York Chapter of the National Organization for Women.

Elting earned a B.A. in modern languages — French and Spanish from Trinity. She went on to earn an M.B.A. from New York University. She serves on Trinity’s Women’s Leadership Council’s Founders Council and was awarded the College’s Alumni Medal for Excellence in 2007. Her father, Everett E. Elting, Jr. ’58, and sister, Lynn Elting Siegel ’85, also attended Trinity. 

Elting and her husband, Michael Burlant, have two sons and reside in New York City.

Pamela D. McKoin P’15

Pamela D. McKoin has more than 30 years of real estate experience in development, asset and portfolio management, and business development. She currently serves as vice president of business development at Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, a global real estate investment management firm with $50 billion in assets under management, marketing the firm’s services to public and corporate pension fund clients, as well as to foundations and endowments, and handling consultant relations. McKoin previously worked at Spaulding & Slye Real Estate Developers, the City of New York’s Economic Development Corporation, and Clarion Partners, a top 20 global real estate investment management firm. She also ran her own firm, Mac Development Company.

 McKoin earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Cincinnati and an M.S. in real estate development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Real Estate. Her community involvement includes serving on the Executive Committee of Reach Prep’s board, as an officer of the Board of Trustees of The Amistad Center for Art and Culture in Hartford, Connecticut, and on the Advisory Committee for the Urban League of Southern Connecticut.

McKoin and her husband, Laurence C. “Larry” Morse P’15, have two children, including Stephan “Mac” ’15, and reside in Stamford, Connecticut.

Richard W. “Rick” Wagner ’83, P’18

Richard W. “Rick” Wagner is a biotechnology entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in science and management roles. He is the founder, president, and CEO of X-Chem, Inc., a company formed in 2009 to develop a new, pioneering platform in small molecule drug discovery. He is also a founder and on the board of two spin-off companies from X-Chem: X-Rx, Inc., developing therapeutics in fibrosis and cancer, and Xios, Inc., focused in the area of immuno-oncology. Prior to these endeavors, Wagner was involved in science and leadership positions at a number of biotechnology companies, including Praecis Pharmaceuticals and Gilead Sciences.

 Wagner earned a B.S. in biochemistry from Trinity and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Brown University. He was a National Cancer Institute postdoctoral fellow at The Wistar Institute/University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he trained in molecular and cellular biology. Wagner previously served Trinity College as a member of the Board of Fellows.

Wagner and his wife, Martha Wagner P’18, have three children, including Will Wagner ’18, and live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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