Deputy Mayors, Physician Join Trustees
Over the summer, four new members of the Board of Trustees were
appointed by Governor George Pataki and Mayor Michael Bloomberg
and confirmed by the State Senate. The Board consists of 17 members:
10 gubernatorial appointees, 5 mayoral appointees, a voting ex
officio member, the Chair of the CUNY Student Senate, and a non-voting
ex officio member, the Chair of the CUNY Faculty Senate.
Valerie Lancaster Beal
The Governor has chosen investment banker Valerie
Lancaster Beal to replace Trustee John Morning. Since 1988
Beal has worked in a company founded by her husband, M.R. Beal
& Company, which provides financial services to corporations,
municipalities, and state governments. Notably, she has been involved
in restructuring the capital budget of the District of Columbia.
The holder of a Bachelors in economics from Georgetown University
and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania,
Beal is now serving with the Board of Regents at Georgetown and
the Board of the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn. She has
been a supporter and donor to Bronx Community College, where she
has also worked to promote the COPE program. Beals term
will run until 2009.
Hugo M. Morales
Also appointed by the Governor was Dr. Hugo
M. Morales, who in 1965 established and became the founding
director of the Bronx Mental Health Center, which provides comprehensive
ambulatory mental health care services to low-income and minority
patients from the Bronx and the other boroughs. A specialist in
psychiatry and neurology and a member of the American College
of Forensic Examiners, Morales earned his medical degree at the
University of Santo Domingo.
Morales public service has included advisory work for the
New York State Department of Health and for Hostos Community College.
He served for eight years on the Dominican Board of the Governors
Hispanic Affairs Office, founded the Dominican-American Foundation,
and in 1996 received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Morales
is the first CUNY trustee of Dominican descent. He takes the seat
vacated by Herman Badillo, and his term will run until 2007.
Carol A. Robles-Román
New trustee Carol A. Robles-Román
was appointed by the Mayor, who on January 1 chose her as his
Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs. In this position she oversees
several city agencies, including the Commission on Human Rights,
and offices concerned with immigrant affairs, the coordination
of criminal justice, administrative trials and hearings, human
rights, disabilities, and the combating of domestic violence.
Robles-Román, who received her J.D. from NYU Law School
and B.A. from Fordham University, also has extensive work experience
in court administration and in civil rights enforcement. Her public
service has included membership on several boards, on the N.Y.
Judicial Committee on Women and the Courts, and work as the Mayors
representative on the Boards of Directors of Wave Hill and the
Twin Towers Fund. Robles-Román replaces George Rios, and
her term runs until 2008.
Marc V. Shaw
Mayor Bloomberg looked again within City Hall
in appointing his Deputy Mayor for Operations Marc V. Shaw.
Prior to assuming these duties, Shaw was, from 1996, executive
director and CEO of the Metropolitan Transit Authority. His first
service in the Giuliani administration was as Commissioner of
the Department of Finance, where he was responsible for the administration
of all City taxes and fees. He also served as the head of the
City Councils Finance Division for former Speaker Peter
The holder of a magna cum laude B.A. and an M.A. from SUNY Buffalo,
Shaw worked for several years for the New York State Senate Finance
Committee. He has also served as an adjunct professor at NYUs
Robert F. Wagner School of Public Services. He succeeds Trustee
Satish Babbar, and his term runs until 2007.