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About the 11th President

Presidential Search Committee

In January 2012, the Smith College Board of Trustees appointed a 12-member search committee to identify and recommend a candidate to succeed President Carol T. Christ upon her retirement in June 2013. The committee was chaired by Smith alumna and trustee Louise Parent, Class of 1972.

Search Committee Members

Agnes Bundy Scanlan ’79


Agnes Bundy Scanlan has been the chief compliance officer at TD Bank and global chief privacy officer at TD Bank Group. She is co–vice chair of the Compliance Subcommittee of the American Bar Association and serves on the boards of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Boston Children’s Museum and on the advisory board of the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University.

Yasmine Evans ’13

Student Representative

Yasmine Evans is a government major with a minor in public policy. She is an active member of the Judicial Board, the Otelia Cromwell Day Committee, and the Student Advisory Board for the Center for Work and Life. This past January, Yasmine participated in the Phoebe Reese Lewis Leadership Program. She also represented Smith at the 2011 Women’s Education Worldwide Conference (WEW), hosted by Collegio Nuovo in Pavia, Italy. Yasmine lives outside of Washington, D.C., in the suburb of Fort Washington, Md.

Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard ’69

Chair-elect and Vice Chair of the Board

Betty Eveillard retired in 2003 after a 31-year career in investment banking, including 12 years at PaineWebber, Inc., as a managing director and head of the investment banking division's Retail Industry Group. She recently retired as chair of Glimmerglass Opera, is a member of the National Trustee Council of OPERA America, and a director of Master Drawings, Inc. and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. She has served on the Board of Deans’ Advisers and the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Business School. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Laurie Fenlason

Vice President for Public Affairs

Laurie Fenlason serves as the chief public affairs officer of the college and counsel to the president on matters of strategic communication and visibility. She and her staff are responsible for college relations, media relations, alumnae, admission and development communications, Web and social media, special events, community relations and government relations/public affairs. They also oversee summer programs and the Smith College Conference Center. Fenlason is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College.

Lynn Smith Fox ’77

Trustee; President, Alumnae Association of Smith College

Lynn Smith Fox is senior adviser to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, where she has worked in congressional and public affairs and internal communications since joining the board in 1985. She spends part of each month in Washington, D.C., and otherwise telecommutes from Canton, New York. A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Fox holds an M.B.A from George Washington University where she was a University Fellow.

Lois Perelson-Gross ’83


Lois Perelson-Gross was formerly a vice president in the Municipal Finance Department of Goldman, Sachs & Co. She has just completed her term as a member of the board of The Dalton School. She is a member of the cabinet of the Caring Commission of UJA-Federation of New York and a trustee of the Children’s Center Foundation at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Prior to serving on the Smith board, she was a member of its Advancement Committee, which she later chaired. She holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Andrew Guswa

Director, Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability (CEEDS); Professor, Picker Engineering Program

A civil and environmental engineer, Drew Guswa joined the faculty at Smith College in 2001 to help launch the Picker Engineering Program. Eight years later he was named director of Smith’s new Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS). His recent areas of research include ecohydrologic modeling of water and plants and the development of Smith’s Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station. After graduating from Princeton, he earned his M.S.C.E. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Alexandra Keller

Associate Professor of Film Studies; Director of Film Studies Program

Alexandra Keller specializes in the American Western, cinema and the postmodern, avant-garde and experimental film, and the relationship between cinema and other forms of artistic and cultural production. She is the author of James Cameron and a forthcoming exploration of Westerns and American identity. She is also working on projects about consumer culture and cinema in 1950s America and experimental moving image practices and their relation to exhibition sites. She received her B.A. in art history from Harvard and her doctorate in cinema studies from New York University.

Louise M. Parent ’72

Chair, Presidential Search Committee; Vice Chair of the Board

Louise Parent has been executive vice president and general counsel of American Express Company since 1993. She is a member of the company’s Operating Committee and Global Management Team. She serves as a trustee of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and is a director of A Better Chance Inc., a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York, and is on the advisory boards of the Studio in a School and the Calvary Fund Board. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University.

James Shulman


James Shulman serves as the president of ARTstor, a nonprofit organization that provides more than 1,400,000 images, software and services to over 1,400 colleges, universities, museums, and schools. He created ARTstor in 2001 at the Mellon Foundation, where he had worked since 1994, writing about educational policy issues and working in a number of research, administrative and investment capacities. Among his published works are The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values (with William Bowen). Shulman received his doctorate from Yale in Renaissance studies.

Sharmila (Mona) Ghosh Sinha ’88


Mona Sinha is a founder of the project to establish the Asian Women’s Leadership University in Malaysia. She is also an adviser and director of Impact Investment Exchange Asia, the first social stock exchange being set up in Singapore. She began her professional career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, followed by a marketing career at P&G and Unilever. In 2010, she worked on a project for Goldman Sachs Asia on the development of Asian leadership. She holds an M.B.A from Columbia University and serves as an advisory director to the Columbia Business School Social Enterprise program.

Nancy Whittier

Professor of Sociology

Nancy Whittier joined the Smith faculty in 1992 and has served as chair of the sociology department as well as helping to establish the Center for Community Collaboration. Her research and teaching focus on the sociology of gender and social movements. She is the author of The Politics of Child Sexual Abuse: Emotion, Social Movements, and the State and Feminist Generations: The Persistence of the Radical Women’s Movement. She is co-editor of Feminist Frontiers, an anthology in the sociology of gender, and of Social Movements: Identity, Culture, and the State. She holds a doctorate in sociology from the Ohio State University.

Rebecca C. Lindsey (staff support)

Secretary of the Board of Trustees; Assistant to the President

Rebecca Lindsey has served as secretary of the Board since January 2002, and coordinated the presidential searches for both Carol Christ and Ruth Simmons. Previous positions include associate director of admissions at Columbia University Business School and director of placement at the University of Rochester Business School. She is a graduate of Middlebury College and holds a M.A. from Columbia University.