Randy Cowen, Chair
Randy was Chief Information Officer and its Co-Chief Administrative Officer at Goldman Sachs in New York. He was also a Director at EMC Corporation until it was acquired by Dell in 2015. He served in a variety of for-profit and non-profit board positions including Pivotal Software, Data Domain, The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation and NYU Child Study Center. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Mathematics from Michigan State University.
Melissa Woo, President
Melissa Woo is the senior vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Michigan State University. She provides leadership for IT services supporting the university’s students, faculty, and staff. Melissa received her bachelor’s degree in biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley and her Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
Scott Eston, Vice Chair
Scott was Chief Operating Officer of Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. in Boston. Additionally, he was Chief Executive Officer of Evergreen Equity Trust – Evergreen Large Cap Value Fund. He was a Senior Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (formerly Coopers & Lybrand LLP). He has been a Trustee at Eaton Vance Funds. He serves as a Member of Michigan State University’s Financial Management Institute Advisory Board and holds a degree in accounting from The Broad College at Michigan State University.
John Phillips, Secretary
Mr. Phillips served as Chairman of Corporate Solutions Group at Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (Formerly known as Lasalle Partners Inc. and LaSalle Partners Limited) since July 29, 2007. Mr. Phillips serves as a Director at Ohio National Financial Services, Inc., The Ohio National Life Insurance Company and Ohio National Mutual Holdings, Inc. He has a degree from The Broad College at Michigan State University
Bruce Leech, Treasurer
Bruce Founded CrossCom National in 1981 and served as Chairman of the Board before selling the company. He is a Director of Pearson Packaging Systems Inc. He is currently the Executive Director of Coleman Center for Entrepreneurship at the Driehaus College of Business at DePaul University in Chicago. Bruce earned his certification from the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program, an MBA from DePaul University, and a degree in Finance from The Broad College at Michigan State University.
Jeff is Founder and Head of Technical Research at Renaissance Macro Research in New York. Previously, Jeff served ISI Group Inc. and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Jeff is one of Wall Street’s most influential macro based analysts over the last decade, ranked by Institutional Investor Magazine for the last twelve years and ranked number one Technical Analyst for the last eleven years. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Market Technician. He received a degree in Finance from The Broad College at Michigan State University.
Jon was appointed Chief Investment Officer of the Bureau of Investments for the State of Michigan in January 2008. He serves as the Chief Executive/Chief Investment Officer for the State of Michigan Retirement Systems. Jon graduated with honors from from the Broad College at Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1985, majoring in Supply Chain Management and an MBA in Finance. He is a board member of Pension Real Estate Association and serves on the investment committee of the Health Endowment Fund
Linda is President and Chief Operating Officer of Carhartt Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago/Detroit Branch. She is also the Vice-President of Michigan State’s Broad School of Business Alumni Board and Treasurer of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy Board of Directors. Linda also recently served on Michigan State’s Presidential Search Committee. Hubbard is a 1982 graduate of The Broad College at Michigan State University with a BA in accounting.
Bill was General Partner at Prism VentureWorks. He was also CTO of Avaya Technologies. Previously, he was Founder and CEO at Agile Networks Inc. which was acquired by Lucent. He was also a co-founder and CTO of Wellfleet Communications which later became part of Bay Networks and ultimately Nortel. He received an M.S. from Michigan State University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and was a member of the Spartan Marching Band.
Stan is Deputy Chief Investment Officer at CIFC Asset Management where he is lead portfolio manager for CIFC’s total return products. He serves on the firm’s Investment Committee and Operating Committee. Prior to CIFC, Stan was a portfolio manager and trader with Lucidus Capital. He also spent time at JPMorgan and Manufacturers Hanover and holds a degree in Finance from The Broad College at Michigan State University.
Janice was Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Rogers Corporation (NYSE: ROG). Prior to Rogers, she was CFO and Treasurer at Tecumseh Products Company. She also served as CFO of Acument Global Technologies, and GDX Automotive Inc. She was a member of the Board of Directors Ply Gem Industries before they were taken private in the spring of 2018. She serves on Board of Directors of ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQGS: ARCB). She earned a degree in Accounting from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business and an MBA from Wayne State University.
Joel is the Chief Investment Officer and Vice President at W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Previously, he served as Vice President and Treasurer and Executive Officer of Investor Relations at Kellogg Co. Prior to Kellogg, he was a finance executive with Armstrong Holdings, Dow Chemical and Triangle Pacific. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business and an MBA in Finance from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Dr. Samuel Stanley, President, Michigan State University
Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D., is the 21st President of Michigan State University. Dr. Stanley has a bachelor of arts degree in biological sciences (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Chicago. After earning his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1980, he completed his resident-physician training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He went to Washington University in St. Louis in 1983 for a fellowship in infectious diseases in the School of Medicine, eventually becoming a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Molecular Microbiology and eventually Vice Chancellor for Research. From 2009 to 2019, he served as the President of Stony Brook University.
Dr. Teresa Sullivan, Interim Provost, Michigan State University
Dr. Teresa A. Sullivan is Michigan State University’s interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Sullivan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Michigan State University, where she was in the first class at James Madison College, with a dual major in communication, and also in the Honors College. While at MSU, Sullivan was a member of the Debate Team, Phi Kappa Phi, Mortarboard, Alpha Lambda Delta and Tower Guard. She holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago and an honorary Doctor of Laws from MSU. She has served in executive roles at the University of Michigan and the University of Texas and is president emerita of the University of Virginia.
Dr. Steve Hsu, PhD, SVP of Research and Innovation, Michigan State University
Steve serves at Senior Vice President of Research at Michigan State University. Steve previously was the director of the Institute for Theoretical Science and professor of physics at the University of Oregon. He also serves as scientific adviser to BGI and is a member of its Cognitive Genomics Lab. He was the founder of two Silicon Valley companies—SafeWeb and Robot Genius Inc. Hsu graduated from the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows and was on the faculty at Yale University.
The Honorable Dianne Byrum, Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Trustee Byrum serves as a member of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees where she is Chair of the Board. She is a partner in Byrum Fisk Communications and has served in the Michigan State Senate and the Michigan House of Representatives. She has also served on the board of the American Cancer Society, the Michigan Retail Hardware Association and the Downtown Development Authority. She earned a BS from the College of Agriculture at Michigan State University.
The Honorable Melanie Foster, Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Trustee Foster serves as a member of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees where she is chair of the Finance Committee and the Investment Advisory Subcommittee. For 15 years she served as president and CEO of a commercial landscape company she built into a nationally acclaimed firm. For 10 years Foster was president and CEO of a commercial landscape firm in Orlando, Florida, that specialized in theme park projects. She earned a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture from Michigan State University.
David Washburn, Executive Director, Michigan State University Foundation
Dave is Executive Director of the Michigan State University Foundation. In the role, he leads the Foundation and its wholly owned subsidiary companies Spartan Innovations, Red Cedar Ventures and the University Corporate Research Park. Dave served as President and CEO of the University of Tennessee Research Foundation and also spent 10 years at the University of Illinois where he led the software commercialization practice. Dave held management and directorship roles in venture-backed software companies from 1988-2000 including Wolfram Research, Kuck & Associates (acquired by Intel), IntallShield Software Corporation (acquired by Macrovision), and Argus Systems Group (acquired by General Dynamics). He holds a BA and MBA from the Gies College of Business at University of Illinois and began his career as a data analyst with Information Resources in Chicago.