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St. Lawrence Board Elects New Trustees, Officers

CANTON – The St. Lawrence University Board of Trustees has elected the leader of a popular Internet travel service to serve as its next chair and four new trustees who will begin their terms on June 1, 2013.

Jeffery H. Boyd, Class of ’78, who is the president and CEO of Priceline.com, will lead the Board beginning next month. He replaces Donald K. Rose, Class of ’64, who will retire as chair at the end of May after serving as the Board’s leader since 2008.

At its May 18 meeting, the Board also elected Warren “Barry” Phelps, Class of ’69, to replace Boyd as vice chair, and two trustees, Joan Darrow Corey and S. Georgia Nugent, who will serve six-year terms.

Corey is a 1974 graduate of St. Lawrence who has dedicated herself to a number of causes over the past 25 years. At the Chapin School, she served as a trustee, president of the Parents’ Association, member of the Executive Committee of the Centennial Celebration and co-chair of the Senior Gift Committee. Corey also held the position of alumnae director from 1999 to 2002. At Phillips Academy at Andover, she was co-chair of the Senior Gift Committee. In addition to her work with educational institutions, Corey is a volunteer at the Mount Sinai Hospital Neonatal Unit. She also serves on the Education Committee of Lincoln Center Theater, overseeing the Open Stages Education, LEAD (Learning English and Drama), and Songwriting programs, which provide cultural enrichment to disadvantaged youth in New York City.

Nugent recently served for 10 years as president of Kenyon College in Ohio. She was a member of Princeton University’s first coeducational class, graduating cum laude in 1973, and received a Ph.D. in classics from Cornell University. Nugent has taught at Swarthmore, Princeton and Brown. In 1992, she returned to Princeton as assistant to the president. In 1995, Nugent became associate provost and, in 2001, became dean of Princeton's Center for Teaching and Learning. Known nationally as an advocate for liberal arts education, Nugent has chaired the boards of the Council of Independent Colleges and Higher Education Resource Services and has served on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the American Council on Education.

The St. Lawrence Board also elected two McCurdy-Sprague trustees, Jonathan “Jon” K. Cardinal, Class of ’08, and Heather L. McCauley, Class of ’06, to serve four-year terms.

A native of Ogdensburg, N.Y., Cardinal is the director of economic development for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. He oversees the Gillibrand’s legislative agenda on various economic policies and directs related statewide outreach. Previously, Cardinal was an aide on the staff of former Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and served in various capacities in political campaigns throughout New York. In 2010, he was selected as one of 12 congressional staff members to participate in the Stennis Center’s Emerging Congressional Staff Leaders Program. Cardinal, who graduated from St. Lawrence summa cum laude with a degree in government, interned in Clinton’s office while participating in St. Lawrence’s Washington Semester Program at American University. At St. Lawrence, he was president of the Thelomathesian Society student government as well as the SLU Democrats club.

McCauley is an epidemiologist in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She studies the impacts of violence on adolescent health and has co-authored more than two-dozen journal contributions, technical reviews and other publications. Previously, McCauley was an associate at Northeastern University’s Institute on Urban Health Research and the Harvard School of Public Health’s Violence Against Women Prevention Research Program. She has a master’s degree in global health and a doctor of science in social and behavioral sciences from Harvard. McCauley, who graduated with honors from St. Lawrence with a degree in sociology, was a member of Kappa Delta Sigma and president of the PanHellenic Council. She has served on the Alumni Executive Council and the Young Alumni Committee.

McCurdy-Sprague trustees are named in honor of Delos McCurdy, one of two graduates in the first class to be graduated (1865) and Sarah Elmira Sprague, one of the first two women to graduate (1866). McCurdy-Sprague trustees must have graduated from St. Lawrence between two and 10 years before their election.

The Board also reappointed the following trustees to serve another six years:

  • André Couture ’82
  • Gregory Ferrero ’84
  • Jay Ireland ’77
  • Katy MacKay ’70
  • Marion Roach Smith ’77