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Alumni elected Kate Walsh ’77, ’79MPH (left), to a six-year term on the university’s Board of Trustees, known formally as the Yale Corporation. Walsh, a graduate of Yale College and the School of Public Health, is CEO of Boston Medical Center. She has previously served on the University Council. She was chosen over venture capitalist Roger Lee ’94 to succeed E. John Rice ’88 on the board.


Enrique M. De La Cruz, a professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry, is the new head of Branford College, succeeding Elizabeth Bradley ’96PhD as she becomes president of Vassar. De la Cruz has won prizes for both his teaching and his research. His wife, artist Leslie Carmin, will be associate head of college.

John Fabian Witt ’94, ’99JD, ’00PhD, the Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law and professor of history, has been appointed head of Davenport College. Witt, a scholar of the history of American law, succeeds Richard Schottenfeld ’71, ’76MD. His wife, science journalist Annie Murphy Paul ’95, will be associate head of college.

Robert Post ’77JD and James Rothman ’71 have been appointed Sterling Professors, the university’s highest faculty honor. Post, who stepped down in June as dean of the Law School, is an authority on the First Amendment and constitutional law. Rothman, who chairs the cell biology department at the School of Medicine, won the Nobel Prize in 2013 for his work on how information is transmitted within and between cells.

Janet Lindner has been appointed vice president for human resources and administration. She succeeds Mike Peel, under whom she has served as deputy vice president since 2009. Lindner has worked in the Yale administration since 1998 in a variety of administrative roles.

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