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Smith College Welcomes Two New Trustees

News of Note

Published July 9, 2024

The Smith College Board of Trustees has elected two new members who bring to the board expertise in business, generative AI, societal change, and environmental science. Their appointments began July 1, 2024. The recently elected trustees are:

Cecilia Robinson Edwards ’88

Cecilia Robinson Edwards ’88 is a partner and principal solutionist at Wavestone, a global management consulting firm focused on supporting large enterprises to drive impact along their generative AI and sustainability transformation journeys.

Experienced in driving business value through the use of next-generation IT, Edwards is currently focusing her thought leadership on the concept of collaborative transformation—the ability for business leaders to use their resources and social capital to bring together different stakeholders across sectors to drive accelerated societal change at scale. Edwards produces and hosts The Business of Impact, a weekly podcast on this topic.

Edwards spent nearly seven years at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and later led The Foundation for Community Empowerment (FCE), a nonprofit organization where she focused on early childhood education, public school reform, affordable workforce housing, community health, nonprofit capacity building, and community research. Starting her professional career as an officer in the United States Air Force, Captain Edwards was the launch manager on the Titan Satellite Launch program, supporting the successful launch of five satellites. She holds an A.B. in mathematics from Smith College and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Catherine P. Koshland ’72

Catherine P. Koshland ’72 is the Wood-Calvert Professor, Emerita, in the College of Engineering, and an emerita professor of environmental health sciences in the School of Public Health, and in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include air pollution and its health impacts; energy, technology, and social and cultural impacts; and environmental health regulation and policy. In 2021–22, Koshland served as Berkeley’s interim executive vice chancellor and provost. From 2004 to 2014, she served as UC Berkeley’s vice provost for academic planning and facilities, a role that was expanded in 2009 to include teaching and learning. In 2015, she became vice chancellor for undergraduate education, a role she held through June 2022. In 2002–03, she was the chair of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate.

Koshland began her undergraduate studies at Smith then graduated with a B.A. in fine arts from Haverford College in 1972. She studied painting at the New York School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, and received her M.S. in 1978 and her Ph.D. in 1985 in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She is a former chair and member of the Haverford College Board of Managers.