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Four alumni to serve on foundation board

Nov 6, 2008  
By Tracy Galway  

Four new members have joined The Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees.

Ohio University alumni R. Emmett Boyle of St. Clairsville, Ohio; Judge William Newman Jr. of Arlington, Va.; and David W. Pidwell of Saratoga, Calif., were recently elected as trustees of foundation board. In addition, retired Col. Arlene F. Greenfield of Arlington, Va., was appointed as the Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors' representative to the foundation board.

As the university's fundraising arm, the foundation is responsible for raising, investing and disbursing funds in support of Ohio University's educational mission. Last year, the foundation raised more than $27 million from more than 25,000 donors.

Here's a look at the new trustees:

Trustee R. Emmett Boyle, St. Clairsville, Ohio

Boyle, who earned a master's degree in industrial systems engineering from Ohio University in 1970, is a principal and chairman of The Elmwood Group, a management advisory firm that he formed.

He served on the Ohio Chamber of Commerce's board of directors and executive committee from 1991-2005 and was chairman from 1995-1997. He also served as a director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 1997-2003 and chaired the chamber's labor relations committee during that time.

Boyle also is a member of Ohio University's Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology board of visitors and is in the Russ College Academy of Distinguished Graduates.

"I believe it is incumbent upon graduates from state supported colleges and universities in America today, who truly value the training, education and experience that they have gained from this type of relationship, to support the university," Boyle said. "Most people understand the need and benefit of financial support, but often neglect to understand the value of and need for direct involvement in the management and direction of their alma mater."

Trustee William Newman Jr., Arlington, Va.

Chief judge of the Arlington Circuit Court, Newman earned his bachelor's of fine arts in theater from Ohio University in 1972.

Newman went on to act in New York, and, while acting, earned a law degree from Catholic University of America in 1977. He worked for three years as a lawyer in the U.S. Patent Office then set up private practice in 1980. He later became a partner in the firm of Carpenter, Newman, Martin, Berkowitz and Garnes.

Newman was elected to the Arlington County Board in 1987, becoming the first African-American board member in Arlington since reconstruction.  He resigned from the board in 1993 to accept the appointment of a judgeship that led to his becoming chief judge of the Arlington Circuit Court in 2003.

"Ohio University has given me so much," Newman said. "I want to be able to give back to the university and express my gratitude.  Serving on the Foundation Board of Trustees affords me the opportunity to give back to the university and her students. I also think it's important to have a diverse voice on the board to maintain a connection between the deliberations and decisions of the board and the university from an alumnus' perspective."

Trustee David W. Pidwell, Saratoga, Calif. 

Pidwell earned his bachelor's of science in electrical engineering in 1969 and his master's of science in 1970, both from Ohio University. Since 1996, he has been a venture capitalist and partner with Alloy Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. Alloy Ventures has helped start more than 200 companies, has more than $750 million in capital under management and has raised eight funds.

In 1987, he founded Rasna Corp., a mechanical design automation software company. In 1994 Rasna was ranked No. 3 on Inc. magazine's list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Pidwell was president and CEO until 1995 when the company was acquired by Parametric Technology Corp. Before Rasna, Pidwell was employed by ROLM Corp. for 14 years.

"I agreed to serve on the Ohio University Foundation Board in order to contribute my career experience and business knowledge to today's students to assist them in being better prepared for the demands and challenges of building a successful career and life in the years ahead," Pidwell said.

Pidwell, who serves on the boards of directors for Xactly, Ensenda, iPrint Systems, Attune and Informatica, hopes "to assist Ohio University in its efforts to establish southeastern Ohio as a region for entrepreneurial business development."

Trustee retired Col. Arlene F. Greenfield, Arlington, Va.

Greenfield earned a bachelor's of science from Ohio University's College of Health and Human Services in 1971 and immediately began her service in the United States Army. She earned a master's degree in personnel management and human resources from Webster University in 1982. 

Greenfield completed a 30-year career, which included three successful command tours, and retired with the rank of colonel in 2001. She has extensive experience at Department of Defense, Department of the Army, and Major Army Command levels in the areas of human resources, personnel management, administration, utilization and readiness. Greenfield currently serves as a member of the Chief of Staff, Army, Retiree Council and as the medical chairperson of the Fort Myer Military Community Retiree Council.

Greenfield is a partner and co-founder of Qualitative Research Service Consultants Inc., a women-owned small business specializing in research and analysis involving military, business, women and work and educational organizations.

An active Ohio University volunteer, Greenfield serves on Women in Philanthropy of Ohio University and the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

"Each time I'm at OU, I'm so energized by the students and their accomplishments and by the work of the staff, faculty, and members of the boards," Greenfield said. "Alumni throughout the world serve and give back to Ohio University so unselfishly and, in so many ways, their Bobcat pride comes through loud and clear. When you become involved with the university, you absolutely receive more than you give."



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The Ohio University Foundation:  http://www.ohio.edu/foundation/ 

Published: Nov 6, 2008 2:37 PM  

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