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August 22, 2006 

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            WASHINGTON -- The George Washington University Board of Trustees elected five new trustees during its June meeting.  Trustees assumed their responsibilities July 1, 2006.  The GW Board of Trustees provides governance and counsel on the management, direction, and strategic plan of the University. 


New charter trustees are James F. Humphreys, J.D. '78, president, James F. Humphreys & Associates; Robert K. Tanenbaum, J.D. '82, principal, Lerner Enterprises, and Washington Nationals ownership group; and Cynthia Steele Vance, B.A. (MVC) '79, director of public relations, Saks Jandel, and former news anchor for WTTG-TV/FOX 5 in Washington, D.C. The new alumni trustee is Steven S. Ross, B.B.A. '81, senior vice president, Ferris Baker Watts, Inc. The young alumni trustee is Julia Zoe Beckerman, J.D. '05, M.P.H. '05, and associate, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP. Charter and alumni trustees each serve four-year terms, with a limit of three consecutive terms for charter trustees and two terms for alumni trustees. The young alumni trustee position is limited to one, four-year term.


             "We welcome the input of this strong new group of leaders," said GW Board of Trustees Chairman Charles T. Manatt. "Each trustee plays a vital role in the governance of the University and the future of the institution."


            GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg added, "Our new trustees join The George Washington University at a very exciting and challenging time in our history. The University is fortunate to have informed members of the Board of Trustees who actively participate in helping shape the direction of GW as it builds on past and current successes as a world-class research and teaching institution serving in the nation's capital."


            Located four blocks from the White House, The George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the nation's capital. The University offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business, and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 120 countries.


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