Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, No. 11, June 15, 2012

New Trustees Join Institute Board
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Sean O'Sullivan ’ 85 spacer Nancy Cantor   Wanda Denson-Low ’78   William Meaney ’82   Lou Rosamilia

At its May board meeting, the Rensselaer Board of Trustees announced that Sean O’Sullivan ’85 will be formally elected to the board at its December 2012 meeting. O’Sullivan is one of several new members who have joined the board in the past year.

Sean O’Sullivan ’85,
co-founder and managing director of Avego Ltd., was named the 2011 William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year.  Avego Ltd. is a small technology firm with offices in Ireland, China, and the United States. O’Sullivan, who also serves as managing director of SOSventures International, an investment management operation, is the founder of JumpStart International, NetCentric, and MapInfo. O’Sullivan has served on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Software Council, net.Genesis, MapInfo, and other private technology companies.

At Rensselaer, O’Sullivan created the “Change the World Challenge,” an initiative to support entrepreneurship education and stimulate ideas to improve the human condition. He also founded and funded the Rensselaer Center for Open Software, which provides stipends for 100 students annually to work on creating open source software solutions for developing countries and the development of civil society. He received his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Rensselaer, and a master of fine arts in film production from the University of Southern California.

Nancy Cantor,
the 11th chancellor and president of Syracuse University (SU), joined the board at its December 2011 meeting. In her role at SU, Cantor is helping forge a new understanding of the role of universities in society as SU pursues its vision, “Scholarship in Action.” Prior to her appointment at Syracuse, Cantor served as chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, prior to which she had been dean of its Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and vice provost for academic affairs; she also was professor of psychology and senior research scientist at the Institute for Social Research at Michigan.

An author of numerous books, chapters, and scientific journal articles, Cantor holds an A.B. from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability.

Wanda Denson-Low ’78,
senior vice president in the Office of Internal Governance at the Boeing Company, the world’s leading aerospace company, joined the board in May 2011. A member of Boeing’s executive council, Denson-Low is responsible for the management oversight of corporate audit; ethics and business conduct; and global trade controls, which includes all import and export activities.

With nearly 30 years of experience in corporate law, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, data rights, government contracts, and intellectual property law, Denson-Low has a distinguished professional career that began in 1981 as a patent attorney at Union Carbide Corporation. She joined Hughes Aircraft Company in 1985 and in 1989 was named Hughes’ chief patent counsel, making her the first minority woman chief patent counsel of a Fortune 500 company.

Her professional achievements include the 2011 Pioneer Award from Black Engineer of the Year, the National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans, and the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund Award, which recognized her as one of the 30 most powerful women in business in 2001. Denson-Low earned her juris doctor from Brooklyn Law School and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Rensselaer.

William Meaney ’82,
chief executive officer of the Zuellig Group, a $12 billion diversified pan-Asian group based in Hong Kong, joined the board at the May 2011 board meeting.

The Zuellig Group’s primary activities include pharmaceutical distribution; pharmaceutical manufacturing under license; animal feed manufacturing; and agricultural and materials handling equipment.

Prior to his appointment at Zuellig, Meaney worked in a number of turnaround situations, including: the chief commercial officer at Swiss International Airlines in Zurich; executive vice president at South African Airways in Johannesburg; and the chief executive officer of South African Vaccine Producers, a parastatal pharmaceutical manufacturer based in Johannesburg. Prior to his taking on leadership roles in international groups, he was a strategic consultant with Strategic Planning Associates (now part of Oliver Wyman) based in London and in Geneva, where he worked in a variety of industries.
He has a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Pa.

Lou Rosamilia,
mayor of Troy, became an ex-officio member of the board when he took office on Jan. 1, 2012. Rosamilia is a longtime Troy resident and is known throughout the city as a dedicated community leader and a distinguished public servant.
Rosamilia’s teaching career began in 1972, and for nearly 40 years he worked as an educator in Troy schools–first at La Salle High School and later as a professor at Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC).  During his tenure as professor of accounting and business, Rosamilia received prestigious awards in recognition of his unique abilities in the classroom and tireless commitment to students. He earned both the New York State Chancellor’s Award for Teaching and the HVCC President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

He has been a volunteer and participant in charitable efforts for several organizations, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Heart Association and Junior Diabetics, among others.

In 2010, Rosamilia was voted on to the Rensselaer County Legislature. In his capacity as a county legislator, he served on a number of committees, which include Budget & Finance, Veterans, Rules, and Charter Revision committees.

The Rensselaer Board of Trustees is chaired by Arthur Gajarsa ’62, senior circuit judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
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