Five New Trustees Join Mount Holyoke College Board

Trustee man

Edgar F. Beckham

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Barbara Cassani '82

photograph by Nancy Palmieri

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Leo I. Higdon Jr.

photograph by Nancy Palmieri

Trustee Tina

Tina Young Poussaint '79

photograph by Don West

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Susan Bonneville Weatherbie '72

photograph by Nancy Palmieri

Academic administrator Edgar F. Beckham; airline CEO Barbara Cassani '82; Babson College President Leo I. Higdon Jr.; neuroradiologist Tina Young Poussaint '79; and MHC Art Museum Advisory Board Chair Susan Bonneville Weatherbie '72 have joined Mount Holyoke's board of trustees.

Edgar F. Beckham is the former coordinator of the Ford Foundation's Campus Diversity Initiative and is dean of the college emeritus of Wesleyan University. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Beckham earned a master's degree from Yale University and was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree by Olivet College in 1997. He held a variety of positions at Wesleyan, including associate provost (1969 - 1973) and dean of the college (1973 - 1990). Beckham served on the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges (1985 - 1990) and was chairman of the Connecticut Board of Education (1993 - 1995).

Barbara Cassani '82, the first female CEO of a commercial airline, has served as chief executive of British Airways' new budget airline, GO, since its inception in 1997. She also headed the project to create the airline. Cassani graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke with a major in international relations and was named a Mary Lyon Scholar. She earned her M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Cassani, who lives in London, is a trustee of the Design Museum in London.

Leo I. Higdon Jr. became the tenth president of Babson College in 1997. Before coming to Babson, Higdon served for four years as dean and Charles C. Abbott Professor of Business Administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration of the University of Virginia. Previously, Higdon served as vice chairman and member of the Executive Committee of Salomon Brothers, Inc., where he also managed the Global Investment Banking Division. Before embarking on his business career, Higdon served two years as a secondary school teacher in the U.S. Peace Corps in Malawi, Africa. He sits on the boards of directors of Bestfoods, C. K. Witco Corporation, and Newmont Mining, and was formerly a trustee of Georgetown University and Africare. Higdon received his A.B. degree in history from Georgetown University and earned an M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago.

Tina Young Poussaint is a neuroradiologist at Children's Hospital in Boston. She received her A.B. degree from Mount Holyoke, majoring in mathematics, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and the Sigma Xi Scientific Society. She went on to earn an M.D. degree from the Yale University School of Medicine and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society. Poussaint is a member of the Boston chapter of Links and sits on the board of overseers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has researched and written extensively in the field of neuroradiology.

Susan Bonneville Weatherbie is a professional volunteer who has chaired the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum advisory board since 1997. Weatherbie graduated magna cum laude from MHC with a major in sociology. She has held a variety of volunteer positions for the College since 1982 and has been a member of the Alumnae Development Committee since 1995. She retired in 1995 from the law firm Choate, Hall and Stewart, where she was manager of estate and trust administration. Weatherbie chairs the Patron Committee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and recently completed a nine-year mayoral appointment to the St. Botolph Architectural Commission (BAC).


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