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Emory University appoints new trustees

Emory University's Board of Trustees has elected two new members: Emory alumnus Adam Rogers, M.D., and United Methodist Church Bishop William McAlilly. They began serving this month their six-year appointments as term trustees. In addition, two current alumni trustees were elected to the board as term trustees: Teresa Rivero, a senior program officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and C. Robert Henrikson, former president and CEO of MetLife, Inc. and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.

Adam Rogers

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Adam Rogers is a retina specialist at the New England Eye Center and assistant professor of ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine. In 2010 he cofounded Hemera Biosciences, a privately held biotech company to bring to market its patented, complement blocking gene therapy for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration.

Rogers is a trustee of the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation and current board chairman of One Family Inc. Founded in 1999, One Family’s core mission is to end family homelessness in Massachusetts through higher education, government systems change and workforce development. Rogers graduated from Emory College of Arts and Science in 1992 and Emory Medical School in 1996.

William McAlilly

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William McAlilly is the United Methodist Church Resident Bishop of the Nashville Area, elected in July 2012. He has served in a wide variety of ministry settings in Georgia and Mississippi, from a small membership church in the Mississippi Delta to a new congregation in the suburbs of Memphis. In 2006, he was appointed to serve the Seashore District of the Mississippi Conference in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

He has a master's degree from Emory's Candler School of Theology, and received his bachelor's degree in religion from Millsaps College. He began serving as a minister in 1978.

C. Robert Henrikson

C. Robert Henrikson, hi res photo

C. Robert Henrikson is the former president and CEO of MetLife, Inc. and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., serving in that capacity from 2006-2011. During his more than 39-year career with MetLife, Inc., Henrikson held a number of senior positions in the company’s individual, group and pension businesses.  

In July 2010, Henrikson was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Export Council, the principal national advisory committee on international trade. Henrikson is a former chairman of the American Council of Life Insurers, a former chairman of the Financial Services Forum, a director emeritus of the American Benefits Council, and chairman of the board of the S.S. Huebner Foundation for Insurance Education. He also serves on the boards of directors of Invesco Ltd., Swiss Re Ltd., the New York Philharmonic, the Partnership for New York City, AmeriCares and Indian Springs School. He has served as a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Botanical Garden.

Henrikson earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Emory University School of Law. In addition, he is a graduate of the Wharton School's Advanced Management Program.

Teresa Rivero

Teresa Rivero, hi res photo

Teresa Rivero is a lead senior program officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As part of the College-Ready team, Rivero focuses on systems grant-making that advances the foundation's mission of raising the national high school graduation rate and helping all students, regardless of race or family income, graduate high school prepared for college.

Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Rivero was the grant officer for the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and affiliated foundations. She worked for the Latin American Association as the director of education, and as a program manager for the Whitefoord Elementary School-based health clinic. She is a graduate of Emory University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in finance and a master's in public health.

"We continue to strengthen our board in terms of background, diversity, national presence, and commitment to Emory," says Rosemary Magee, vice president and secretary of the university, who works closely with Emory's Board of Trustees. The board members were elected in November, and attended their first Board of Trustees meeting in these new roles Feb. 8.

Including these appointments, the 41-member Board of Trustees oversees the governance and long-range fiduciary health of the university. Nominees for alumni trustees are selected by the Emory Alumni Board and submitted to the board of trustees for consideration and approval. Alumni trustees serve six years.

New term trustees serve a six-year initial term; a four-year renewable term may follow. Term trustees are selected by the Governance, Trusteeship and Nominations Committee and submitted to the Board of Trustees for consideration and approval. Final approval rests with the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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