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New trustees on board
Three trustees recently joined the Skidmore board. Elliott Masie is a pioneer in educational technology and organizational development. He has consulted for organizations ranging from the CIA to Walt Disney Company, helping them integrate technology into their operations to ensure quality learning, communications, and information systems. He hosts TechLearn, a conference for human-resource professionals from around the world. He was appointed by Presidents Clinton and Bush to a White House task force on technology futures. In 2001 he opened the Masie Center in Saratoga Springs, offering a range of electronic-learning and video facilities. The author of a dozen books, including The Computer Training Handbook, Masie is a graduate of Binghamton University, where he earned a B.A. in sociology.
Leland Peyser 80, director of the leveraged finance division at Credit Suisse First Boston, is a longtime Skidmore and lacrosse booster. From his student leadership in campus government and committees, to his volunteer work in alumni admissions and career counseling, to his moral and material support for Thoroughbreds lacrosse, Peysers enthusiasm for his alma mater has never flagged. A business major with broad experience in marketing and finance, he was president of his own automotive consulting business in Los Angeles before returning east to join Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he became director for high-yield bond sales; he stayed on when DLJ was acquired by Credit Suisse in 2000.
Oscar Tang, a New York City investment manager, is best known around Skidmore for the Tang Museum, named for his first wife, the late Frances Young Tang 61. Hes also the father of Kristen Tang 92. A native of Shanghai, with a Yale B.S. and a Harvard M.B.A, he founded the investment firm of Reich & Tang, which later combined with Nvest. He is now a private investor and chair of KOA Holdings. He is a longtime trustee of the China Institute of New York City; a founder of the Committee of 100, a national organization committed to Asia-America understanding; and a trustee of, and art donor to, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where a new gallery for Chinese art was recently named for Frances Young Tang. SR