Megan Salzman Medica, of The Plaines, Va., Nancy Serrurier, of Menlo Park, Calif., and David Nierenberg, of Camas, Wash., have been elected to four-year terms on the Whitman College Board of Trustees.
Whitman's 18-member Board of Trustees is the legal governing board of the college, with ultimate fiduciary responsibility as well as responsibility for assuring strategic direction, conservation and management of its assets, and the hiring of its president in accord. The board is involved with policy formulation and supervises the president, who is responsible for administration of college policies. Trustees are expected to help strengthen the college’s ability to provide the best liberal arts education for Whitman students.
“The college is privileged to have these three talented and generous professionals join the Board of Trustees. Their contributions to Whitman will be invaluable as we pursue the mission of the college and shape its future,” said President George Bridges.
After earning a degree in political science from Whitman in 1981, Salzman Medica earned a master’s degree in speech communications from Wake Forest University. Her most recent career has been as farm/property/animal manager of an animal rescue program; she also served (now retired) as president of the Salzman-Medica Foundation. Before that she worked as a technical writer and manager.
Salzman Medica and her husband, John Medica, vice chairman and corporate adviser of Compal Group for Compal Electronics, recently provided a gift to fund the redesign and weekly content management of the online version of the /Pioneer, /Whitman’s student-run newspaper, and the /Pioneer//Medica Visiting Journalist Series, which brings visiting journalism educators to campus. (The /Pioneer’s /Web site recently won national “Best of Show” honors at the annual convention of the Associated Collegiate Press.) This recent gift is in addition to the Salzman-Medica Speech and Debate Endowment that provides scholarships for debaters and is the largest source of support for Whitman’s nationally-ranked debate team.
Serrurier earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1977 and an MBA from Stanford University in 1983. She served as legislative director for Sen. John Chafee in Washington, D.C., for seven years and worked as a management consultant in new foods development for seven years.
She has served on the Board of Trustees of Colgate University and as vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the Menlo School in Atherton, Calif. Her Whitman activities include being a member of Whitman’s Parents Leadership Committee.
Her husband, Greg Serrurier, is a member of the Whitman College Board of Overseers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oregon State University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Serrurier serves as vice president at Dodge & Cox Funds, where he is a shareholder of the firm, a Chartered Investment Counselor, and holds the CFA designation. A generous gift from the Serruriers made possible the recent renovation of the Hall of Science’s Brattain Auditorium, propelling it light years ahead in technology and usefulness.
The couple’s daughter Kate is a 2009 graduate of Colgate University, and their son Ben is a junior at Whitman.
Nierenberg is president, founder, and general partner of Nierenberg Investment Management Company, a Camas-based investment firm that manages the D3 Family Funds; it invests in domestic micro-cap companies with equity market capitalizations up to $1.25 billion at the time of investment.
A graduate of Yale College, /summa cum laude, /Nierenberg received his JD from Yale Law School. His career includes stints as general partner of Trinity Ventures, former senior vice president of General Electric Venture Capital Corporation; he worked for Bechtel and is a former partner at Bain & Company, a management consultant firm.
Nierenberg and his wife, Patricia, have three children, Elodie, Jacob and Albanie. David and Patricia were named 2007 Philanthropists of the Year by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. His numerous community and leadership positions include serving on the Washington State Investment Board, which oversees the state’s public employee retirement funds; the board of Southwest Washington Medical Center, the principal not-for-profit hospital in his community; and the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. He is a former president of the Evergreen School District Foundation. Prior to his appointment to the Board of Trustees, Nierenberg served on Whitman’s Board of Overseers and served on its investment committee.
CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156