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Eight new members elected to Foundation Board of Directors

by Art Sorrentino - November 6, 2006

Eight new members, including two emeritus members, have been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the University of Connecticut Foundation Inc.

The election took place during the Foundation's annual meeting on Oct. 20.

The new directors are active participants in governance, policy-making, and advocacy for the Foundation and the University.

They also oversee total assets worth more than $366 million.

The new board members are:

David Barton '61, of Bonita Springs, Fla. has held senior management positions at OSI Specialties Inc., International Specialty Products, GAF Chemicals Inc., Reichhold Chemicals Inc., and Loctite Corp. He received a B.S. in marketing from UConn in 1961 and served as a U.S. Navy officer from 1962 to 1965. He was inducted into the School of Business Hall of Fame in 1996. Barton is an emeritus director and former chair of the Foundation's Board of Directors.

Andy Bessette '75, currently residing in Minnesota, is executive vice president and chief administrative officer at St. Paul Travelers. Before the merger of The St. Paul and Travelers, he was senior vice president and chief administrative officer at The St. Paul. Prior to joining The St. Paul, he was vice president of corporate real estate and services for Travelers, and had served in a number of other management positions since joining the company in 1980. He received a B.A. from UConn's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1975.

Anthony Crosby '85, of Southington, is an attorney in private practice, the Law Office of Anthony Crosby LLC in Southington, representing commercial real estate companies and providing other legal services. Previously, he was an attorney at Konover & Associates Inc., representing one of the largest shopping center developers in the New England region. Crosby received a J.D. in 1985 from the UConn School of Law.

Keith Fox '80, currently residing in California, was the founder and chief executive officer of Brandsoft Inc., an enterprise software and services company. Previously, he was vice president of Worldwide Corporate Marketing at Cisco Systems Inc. During 15 years at Apple, he held a variety of sales, marketing, and general management positions. He received a B.S. in marketing from UConn in 1980, and was inducted into the University's School of Business Hall of Fame in 2001.

Coleman Levy '61, '62, '66, of West Hartford, is a founder and senior principal of Levy & Droney P.C., a law firm with 35 attorneys. His practice areas include business, real estate, and finance. Additionally, he is the chairman and co-owner of the New Britain Rock Cats minor league baseball team. Levy received a B.A. and an M.A. in psychology from UConn in 1961 and 1962, respectively. He also received a J.D. in 1966.

David Marks '69, '71, of West Hartford, is chief investment officer for both CUNA Mutual Group in Madison, Wis., and the CUNA Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Waverly, Iowa. He also serves as president and chief investment officer of MEMBERS Capital Advisors. Marks is former president of the UConn Alumni Association, an emeritus director of the Foundation board, and a member of the UConn Health Center's Board of Directors. Marks received degrees from the School of Business and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

William "Bill" Stone, of Avon, is founder and chief executive officer of SS&C Technologies, an enterprise applications software company. He is a founding partner of the UConn School of Business Financial Accelerator Project, a real-world "laboratory" where students and business partners work together to find solutions to market challenges with real market data. Through SS&C, Stone made a significant gift to the Financial Accelerator Project, which was named the SS&C Financial Accelerator in October 2004 in recognition of this support.

Elease Wright '76, of Hartford, is senior vice president of human resources at Aetna Inc. Since joining the company in 1982, she has held many positions, including head of human resource re-engineering implementation and head of human resource finance and administration. She has also served in senior positions in the construction, education, pension, and employee relations departments. She received a B.S. in rehabilitation services from UConn in 1976. Wright is also a member of the School of Business Board of Advisors.

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