The Board of Trustees
BENNO SCHMIDT, B.A. J.D., was appointed by Governor George Pataki in April 2003 as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York. He was reappointed to the Board for a seven-year term in June 2006. Previously he served as Vice Chairperson upon his appointment in August 1999. Mr. Schmidt is Chairman of Avenues, the global private school network, and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of Edison Schools, Inc., having served as its Chairman from 1992 until fall, 2007. Before joining Edison Schools, Inc., he served as Yale University's 20th president, where he was best known nationally for his defense of freedom of expression and the academic values of liberal education. During his tenure at Yale, which began in 1986, Mr. Schmidt launched one of the largest building programs in Yale's history; he became Yale's most successful fund-raiser; he fashioned a model partnership between the University and the city of New Haven; and helped build a number of new interdisciplinary programs, especially in environmental science, molecular biology, and international studies. During his presidency, Yale's endowment grew from $1.7 billion to nearly $3 billion, the highest rate of growth of any private university during that time.
Before joining Yale, Mr. Schmidt was the Dean of Columbia University Law School, where he joined the faculty in 1969 and became, four years later, one of the youngest tenured professors in Columbia's history. He was named Harlan Fiske Stone Professor of Constitutional Law in 1982. He is one of the country's leading scholars of the Constitution, the history of the U.S. Supreme Court, the law of freedom of expression, and the history of race relations in America. Mr. Schmidt served as law clerk to Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren. Mr. Schmidt received both his college and law degrees from Yale University. He is a trustee of the National Humanities Center and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was also Chairman of Mayor Giuliani's Task Force on The City University of New York. In November 2010, Mr. Schmidt received the sixth annual Philip Merrill Award of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education.
PHILIP ALFONSO BERRY, M.B.A., M.S.W., B.A., A.A., was appointed by Governor George Pataki in June 2006 as a member of the Board of The City University of New York. He was appointed Vice Chairperson of the Board by Governor Eliot Spitzer in June 2007. He was recently reappointed to the Board for a seven-year term by Governor David Paterson
Currently, Mr. Berry is President of Philip Berry Associates LLC, which provides executive coaching, leadership training, diversity consulting and organizational development services. Until recently he was Vice President, Global Workplace Initiatives and Corporate Officer for Colgate-Palmolive, a Fortune 500 global consumer products company, since 2004. He lead the company's efforts to attract, develop and retain a diverse workforce and is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating diversity and inclusion strategies on a global basis, along with government compliance. From 2001 to 2003 he was Vice President, Global Employee Relations & Best Place to Work, in charge of employee relations strategy and policies worldwide, and developing the company as an employer of choice. Mr. Berry, who joined Colgate-Palmolive in 1990, served as Vice President of Human Resources for its European Division from 1998 to 2001, providing strategic and operational leadership throughout the Continent; subsequent to that he handled Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Central Europe and Asia. Mr. Berry was Vice President of Human Resources for the Triboro Bridge and Tunnel Authority prior to joining Colgate-Palmolive, and also worked for Procter & Gamble and the Urban League.
Mr. Berry received a BA in Sociology from Queens College and an Associate’s Degree in Marketing from Borough of Manhattan Community College. He holds an MBA from Xavier University of Cincinnati, and an MSW from Columbia University. Mr. Berry is Vice Chair of the Department of Education’s Panel for Education Policy. He is a member of CUNY’s Business Leadership Council and the Acting Chair of the CUNY Construction Fund. In 2004 he received the Governor's Award for Community Distinction, and in 2003 he was selected by Crain's New York Business as one of New York's 100 most influential Black business executives.
VALERIE LANCASTER BEAL, B.A., M.B.A., was appointed by Governor George Pataki in June 2002 as a trustee of the Board of The City University of New York. She was recently reappointed to the Board for a seven-year term by Governor David Paterson.
Ms. Lancaster Beal possesses in excess of 25 years of experience as an investment banker. Ms Lancaster Beal was an executive in the founding team of M. R. Beal and Company n 1988. For the past decade, M. R. Beal & Company has been ranked as one of the top twenty underwriters of municipal securities nationwide. In addition, the firm has consistently been a member of the Black Enterprise 100 List and was named BE's Finance Company of the Year in June of 2001 and again in 2010. Ms Lancaster Beal initially served as Financial Officer of M. R. Beal and subsequently became the Senior Manager in the firm's Financial Advisory Group. The firm has served as financial adviser on a wide range of transactions, including: infrastructure financings; leaseback securitizations; privatization initiatives; stadium/ arena development and educational institutions financings. She has restructured capital budgets for various municipalities and developed alternative financing vehicles to meet their capital needs. Ms Lancaster Beal appeared before numerous governmental bodies including: state and local legislative councils; authorities; the U.S. Congress; and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. In addition, Valerie has developed strategic and business plans for various businesses and non-profit organizations.
Ms Lancaster Beal is currently a Managing Director in charge of investment banking operations at M.R. Beal & Company. In that capacity she manages the day to day transactional operations for the investment banking department. Earlier, during an executive on leave assignment with the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Ms Lancaster Beal was responsible for developing an infrastructure to facilitate the usage of interim assessments and data to inform instruction at Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA) in Harlem. In addition, she managed the College Readiness program at TMA. In that capacity she designed and implemented college awareness programs for grades 7-10 and college planning programs for grades 11-12.
Ms. Lancaster Beal holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Georgetown University, and an MBA in Finance and Financial Accounting from the Wharton Graduate School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Lancaster Beal served on the Board of Regents for Georgetown University. Ms. Lancaster Beal chairs CUNY Board's Standing Committee on Faculty, Staff, and Administration, and is a member of the Standing Committee on Fiscal Affairs.
WELLINGTON Z. CHEN, B.S. Originally appointed by Governor George Pataki in June 2000 as a trustee of the Board of The City University of New York, Mr. Chen was reappointed by the Governor in 2005 and 2010. Mr. Chen was born in Taiwan, and lived in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Brazil before arriving in New York over 30 years ago as an adolescent. He is conversant in several languages, including Chinese (Amoy, Cantonese, Mandarin), and Brazilian-Portuguese.
Mr. Chen, a resident of Queens and a long-time community leader, graduated from the School of Architecture and Environmental Studies at City College. He was the first Chinese American in Queens to serve on a community planning board, where he chaired the cultural affairs, housing, landmarks, planning and zoning committees and helped to bring about the revival of downtown Flushing.
Mr. Chen is the Executive Director of the Chinatown Partnership Development Corporation, and in this capacity he will lead the Chinatown Partnership in implementing major initiatives in tourism, marketing and public space improvements in a comprehensive effort to improve business conditions. Mr. Chen was a Commissioner of the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals which reviews zoning variances, special permits, and other land use appeals.
Mr. Chen is Chair of the Board's Standing Committee on Academic Policy, Program, and Research, and holds membership of the Board's Standing Committee on Facilities, Planning, and Management.
RITA DIMARTINO, A.A., B.A., M.P.A., was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg in July 2003. She was recently reappointed to the Board for a seven-year term. As a former Vice President of Congressional Relations for AT&T, Ms. DiMartino assisted in AT&T's relations with the administration, congress, and with state governments. She started her career at AT&T in College Relations, where she interacted with various higher education institutions, and represented AT&T at many national higher education conferences in the United States. Previously, Ms. DiMartino worked for the New York State department of Commerce (OMBE) and visited colleges throughout the state for the purpose of starting Small Business Development Centers.
President Ronald Reagan appointed Ms. DiMartino in 1982 as U.S. Representative to the UNICEF Executive Board. Her work as U.S. Representative included increasing UNICEF's financial support and accelerating the program's assistance in the areas of child health, nutrition, water supply, sanitation, and education.
President George Bush appointed Ms. DiMartino in 1992 to a three-year term on the World Board of Governors of the United Service Organization (USO).
Ms. DiMartino was appointed in February 2002 as the Principal U.S. Delegate to the Inter-American Commission of Women, and also the Principal Representative to the Inter-American Children's Institute. She was also appointed to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board by President George W. Bush.
In 2005, Ms. DiMartino was appointed by Secretary Elaine Chao to the U.S. Department of Labor National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships, and served as a Commissioner on the Commission on Federal Election Reform. She has also served on twelve International Electoral Observation Missions.
Active at all levels of Republican politics, Ms. DiMartino was elected Delegate/Delegate-at-Large/Alternate Delegate to nine Republican National Conventions, served on the 1992 Platform Committee, and was elected Vice Chair of the New York Republican State Committee in 1987, where she served for eighteen consecutive years.
Ms. DiMartino is Chairman of the Board of Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Inter-American Foundation, the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ms. DiMartino received her B.A. from the College of Staten Island, and her MPA from Long Island University (C. W. Post Center). She holds an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law from Dowling College, and completed Business Leadership Training Programs at Harvard Business School and Executive Management Programs at the University of California at Berkeley.
Ms. DiMartino is Vice Chair of the Board's Standing Committee on Faculty, Staff, and Administration, and holds membership on the Standing Committee on Academic Policy, Program, and Research, the Standing Committee on Facilities, Planning, and Management, and the Standing Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs.
FREIDA D. FOSTER, B.A., M.S., was appointed by Governor George Pataki in June 2006 as a Trustee of the Board of The City University of New York. She was recently reappointed to a seven-year term. She serves as a Commissioner for the NYS Worker's Compensation Board where she adjudicates and processes hundreds of claims for employers' who report injuries and seek supplemental benefits while they recover from various ailments. Ms. Foster also serves on the Harlem Community Development Corporation's Board of Directors where she assists in the guidance of the organization to make the best development decisions for the growth of the Harlem Community.
Ms. Foster also worked as a PR professional with one of the largest PR firms in the world, Burson-Marsteller. She has served as Director for Governor Pataki's Office of Community Affairs; Assistant to the Governor for African American Affairs; Community Service Coordinator at CUNY's Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and NYC Human Resources Administration Liaison and Recruiter for BMCC's College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment Program.
A lifelong Harlem resident, Ms. Foster holds a BA from Hofstra University and an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin.
Ms. Foster is Chair of the Board's Standing Committee on Facilities Planning and Management, and serves as Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs.
JUDAH GRIBETZ, A.B., LL.B., LL.M., was appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as a Trustee of The City University of New York, for a term ending June 2014. He previously served as a Trustee from June 1980 to April 1989; via appointment by Mayor Edward I. Koch.
Mr. Gribetz has spent much of his career in government service. His appointments have included Counsel to Governor Hugh L. Carey (January 1975-December 1978), Deputy Mayor for Governmental Relations under Mayor Abraham D. Beame (January-December 1974), Impartial Chairman of the Rent Stabilization Conciliation and Appeals Board under Mayor John V. Lindsay (September 1969-December 1973), Regional Administrator of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under Secretary Robert C. Weaver (August 1966-July 1969), Deputy Commissioner (January 1962-July 1965) and later Commissioner (July-December 1965) of the Department of Buildings under Mayor Robert F. Wagner, and an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the City’s Law Department (July 1958-July 1961).
He was a Member of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s Committee on Judicial and United States Attorney Appointments (1980 -2000), serving as Chairperson from 1988 to 1996). He was a member of the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination (1982-1986) and of the Law Revision Commission of the State of New York (1979-1989). He also served on the New York City Charter Revision Commission (1987-1990). He was Vice President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 1980-1982 and Director of the Legal Aid Society from 1983-1988.
Mr. Gribetz has devoted himself as a volunteer to a wide range of civic and community organizations in New York City. He is a Trustee of the Mount Sinai Medical Center (1980 to date), and of the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (1996 to date). He was a Member of the Distribution Committee of the New York Community Trust (1981-1994); Director of the Hebrew Free Loan Society (1966-1995) and President (1995-2004); Vice President of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (1984-1992) and President (1992-1995).
In 1968, Mr. Gribetz received the Distinguished Service Award of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 1992, he received the New York City Corporation Counsel’s Award for Distinguished Service. In 1993, Simon & Schuster published The Timetables of Jewish History which he co-authored with Edward L. Greenstein and Regina Stein.
A retired Lieutenant in the United States Navy, he was on active duty from August 1952 until November 1955, serving as an Assistant Legal Officer at the United States Naval Receiving Station, Boston, Massachusetts and a Gunnery Officer aboard the U.S.S. Bennington (CVA-20).
Mr. Gribetz received his A. B. from Columbia College in 1949, an LL.B. from Columbia law School in 1952, and an LL.M. from New York University Graduate School of Law in 1962. In 1946, he graduated from Boys High School of Brooklyn, New York.
Mr. Gribetz holds membership on the Board's Standing Committee on Fiscal Affairs.
JOSEPH J. LHOTA, B.S.B.A., M.B.A., originally appointed by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in May 2001 as a trustee of the Board of The City University of New York and re-appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2004 and 2011. He recently served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) by appointment of Governor Cuomo. Previously, he was an Executive Vice President at Madison Square Garden. From 2002 through 2010, he was Executive Vice President at Cablevision Systems Corporation.
Mr. Lhota was Deputy Mayor for Operations from July 1998 to December 2001. Previously, Mr. Lhota served as New York City's Budget Director and Commissioner of Finance. As Deputy Mayor, Mr. Lhota was the City's chief operating officer responsible for overseeing all of the City's agencies and advising the Mayor on the budget and financial management of the City. Additionally, Mr. Lhota served as the Mayor's chief liaison with federal, state and local elected officials.
Prior to his government service, Mr. Lhota was a senior investment banker with First Boston and PaineWebber. He is an expert in the development of financing programs for state and local governments.
Mr. Lhota is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University and he received his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Lhota, a resident of Brooklyn, is Chair of the Board's Standing Committee on Fiscal Affairs.
HUGO M. MORALES, M.D., DPN-P, F.A.P.A., originally appointed by Governor Pataki in June 2002 as a trustee of the Board of The City University of New York, Dr. Morales was reappointed by Governor Spitzer in October 2007.
Dr. Morales was the Medical Director of the Bronx Mental Health Center, which he established and organized in 1965 in order to provide innovative, comprehensive ambulatory mental health care services to low-income minority patients of the Bronx and other boroughs from 1965 to 1999.
Previously, Dr. Morales was Junior Psychiatrist at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens (1961-62), Senior Psychiatrist at Manhattan State Hospital in Wards Island (1963-65), and Director of the Department of Psychiatry at St. Francis Hospital in the Bronx (1966). Dr. Morales is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, as well as the American College of Forensic Examiners. Dr. Morales received his Medical Degree from the University of Santo Domingo.
Dr. Morales was Chairman of the Dominican Board of the Governor's Office for Hispanic Affairs, from 1984 to 1992, and serves as member on the Hispanic Federation Committee, the New York State Department of Health Medical Advisory Committee, the Governor's Task Force on Rape and Sexual Assault, and the Hostos Community College Advisory Board.
Dr. Morales was a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel of the New York City Board of Education in 1987, and the President of the Bronx County Medical Society in 1985, President of A.P.A. (Bronx Psychiatric) Society, Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Society, Founder and Chairman of the Dominican-American Foundation, and recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1996.
Dr. Morales is Vice Chair of the Board's Standing Committee on Academic Policy, Program, and Research.
BRIAN D. OBERGFELL, B.S., J.D., an attorney with extensive background in banking, real estate and commercial finance and a Brooklyn resident was nominated by Governor Cuomo and unanimously confirmed by the New York Senate as a Trustee of The City University of New York in June 2012.
Mr. Obergfell is a senior partner in Emmet, Marvin & Martin LLP, the New York City law firm where he has worked since 1985. He is admitted to practice in New York State and, since 2010, in England and Wales. He graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Communications in 1979 and from New York Law School with a J.D. in 1985.
Mr. Obergfell has been a permanent trustee of the Heisman Trophy Trust since 2001, is a trustee of the Leake & Watts Children’s House since 2009, and served on the New York State Banking Board from 2007 through 2011. Mr. Obergfell was recently appointed to the new State Charter Advisory Board of the New York State Department of Financial Services in March 2012.
Mr. Obergfell holds membership on the Board's Standing Committee on Facilities Planning and Management.
PETER S. PANTALEO, J.D., B.A., was nominated by by Governor David Paterson--and confirmed by the New York State Senate--in 2008 as a trustee of The City University of New York, for a seven-year term that ends in June 2015.
Mr. Pantaleo serves as DLA Piper's General Counsel and Professional Responsibility Partner. In those roles, he advises the firm on a wide range of legal, regulatory and professional responsibility issues.
Mr. Pantaleo practiced labor and employment law and served as Global Head of the firm's Employment, Pensions and Benefits practice. He also served for seven years as the Managing Partner of the New York Office.
In 2007, Mr. Pantaleo was inducted as a Fellow into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The College is an independent organization that recognizes those who, by long and outstanding service, have distinguished themselves as leaders in the field of labor and employment law. Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by one's colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence.
Mr. Pantaleo is a member of The City University of New York Business Advisory Council, and a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission.
Mr. Pantaleo is Vice Chair of the Board's Standing Committee on Fiscal Affairs, and chairs the Board's Subcommittee on Audit.
CAROL A. ROBLES-ROMÁN, B.A., J.D., was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in June 2002 as a trustee of the Board of The City University of New York. She was recently reappointed to a seven-year term. Her professional career includes executive posts in law, business development and management. Appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2002 as Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and Counsel to the Mayor, she oversees several city agencies and advises the Mayor and the executive branch on legal policy issues including judicial selection, ethics, compliance and enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, disability and access laws, domestic violence, and immigration. Under her direction, the Legal Affairs team has overseen several public/private initiatives and operational reforms, including the establishment of the Family Justice Centers, and Executive Order 120 which requires all city agencies that provide direct public services to implement language assistance plans for limited English proficient persons.
She has held executive posts with the New York State Unified Court System, where she helped oversee a two billion dollar budget covering statewide court operations including technology, human resources, education, and training. She served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company, where she oversaw their continental U.S. operations and marketing initiatives and promoted relocation and retention of Fortune 500 companies to Puerto Rico.
Deputy Mayor Robles-Román works with several educational institutions and non profits, including the Fordham University at Lincoln Center Board of Advisors, New York University School of Law Alumni Association, the National Association of Women Lawyers Board of Directors, and the Wildlife Conservation Society Board of Trustees. She received her undergraduate degree from Fordham University at Lincoln Center and her Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law.
Deputy Mayor Robles-Román holds membership on the Board's Standing Committee on Fiscal Affairs, and the Standing Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration.
CHARLES A. SHORTER , B.A., M.A., was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a trustee of The City University of New York, for a term that ends in June 2013. He was recently reappointed for a seven-year term. Mr. Shorter is a Senior Advisor at Davis Brody Bond, LLP, Architects and Planners. Previously he was a Director in the Public/Private practice for Ernst & Young LLP’s Real Estate Transaction Advisory Services Group, with primary responsibility for real estate project management and business development. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Mr. Shorter held senior positions with Arthur Andersen LLP and Real Estate Research Corporation.
Mr. Shorter received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.A. from Columbia University. He was an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Master of Science in Real Estate Development program at Columbia University; he is also a frequent lecturer/speaker on real estate trends and economics. Trustee Shorter is a board member of the New 42nd Street Corporation, a former board member of The Studio Museum in Harlem, and is a member of the board of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB).
Mr. Shorter holds membership on the Board's Standing Committee on Academic Policy, Program and Research, and the Standing Committee on Facilities, Planning, and Management.
MUHAMMAD W. ARSHAD, B.S. a master’s degree candidate in the Public Service Management Program at City College’s Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, was elected the twenty-eighth chairperson of the University Student Senate for 2013-2014.
Mr. Arshad brings many years of student service, advocacy and leadership to the USS and CUNY Board. He began his academic career at LaGuardia Community College, where he served as the student ambassador and president of the Muslim Student Association. At CCNY, Mr. Arshad was the undergraduate student government senator, executive vice president of Undergraduate Student Government and chairperson of the Student Election Review Committee. He also served as vice chair for senior college affairs and chairperson of the scholarship committee in the University Student Senate.
In his new posts leading the University Student Senate and as an ex officio, voting member of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Arshad’s vision is to "mobilize students by surveying the key issues affecting us in the day-to-day and then truly collaborating as a united student coalition so we can maximize our political influence as CUNY students." Further, his priorities are ensuring that CUNY remains "accessible and affordable" by working hard to revive programs such as the Peter F. Vallone Academic Scholarship and "increasing student representation by providing grassroots advocacy training within the USS to help protect and further empower student advocacy in CUNY."
Born and raised in Pakistan, Mr. Arshad is also fluent in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. At the Colin Powell School, Arshad is a research fellow in the Public Service Management Research Program. He is conducting research on cross-cultural leadership in the public and government sectors to help managers and leaders succeed in settings with diverse cultures and communities under the supervision of Professor George Mitchell.
TERRENCE F. MARTELL, B.A., Ph.D., is Chairperson of the University Faculty Senate and an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees. He is the Director of the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch College and the Saxe Distinguished Professor of Finance. He oversees a myriad of international education programs and projects.
Dr. Martell’s area of expertise and research is international commodity markets. He is a Director of the IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) which is listed on the NYSE. For ICE he serves on the Audit Committee; is Vice Chair of ICE Futures U.S.; Chairman of ICE Clear U.S.; Director of ICE Clear Credit, and Chair of the ICE Clear Credit Risk Committee. Dr. Martell serves on the Board of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and is a member of their Executive Committee. He is also a member of the New York City District Export Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
At CUNY, Dr. Martell is a trustee of the PSC/CUNY Welfare Fund which manages employee supplemental health and retiree benefits, as well as Chair of the Welfare Fund Audit Committee. Dr. Martell was elected Chair of the University Faculty Senate in May of 2012. He is also the elected Chair of the Baruch Faculty Senate and sits on the President’s Cabinet.
Dr. Martell serves on the Board of Trustees’ Standing Committee on Fiscal Affairs, and its Subcommittees on Investment and Audit.
Dr. Martell received his B.A. in Economics from Iona College and his Ph.D. in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University.
He is a resident of Pelham, New York, and served as President of the Pelham School Board and the United Way of Pelham. He is married to Rita Simpson and they have three children.