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Meet Our Trustees

Exeter is fortunate to have a dedicated body of alumni volunteers, with diverse and expert backgrounds, to oversee the administration of the school and the management of its financial and physical resources.

There are 21 Trustees, and the group consists of the principal, who is appointed by the Trustees and serves as a member for the duration of his tenure; 17 term trustees, who serve one or two five-year appointments; and the president and two vice presidents of the General Alumni Association (GAA), who are elected by that association’s board of directors. These GAA-elected trustees serve one or two terms of two years.

Our current Trustees share a passion for Exeter’s mission, a belief in the potential for transformation and discovery within all of our students, and a vision for Exeter’s ongoing excellence and leadership in secondary school education.

Ciatta Baysah

Ciatta Z. Baysah '97

New York, NY
Trustee since 2018
President, GAA
Committees: Education and Student Life, Institutional Advancement, Strategic Planning

Education: B.A., Georgetown University; J.D., Seton Hall Law School
Occupation: CEO & Founder, Baysah Global Consulting


Wole C. Coaxum '88

Larchmont, NY
Trustee since 2012
Vice President of the Trustees
Committees: Executive Committee, Information Technology, Institutional Advancement (Chair), Strategic Planning

Education: B.A., Williams College; MBA, New York University
Occupation: Founder and CEO, Mobility Capital Finance, Inc.


Suzi Kwon Cohen ’88

New York, NY
Trustee since 2017
Committees: Audit and Risk, Budget and Finance, Investment

Education: B.A., Brown University; MBA, Stanford Business School
Occupation: Chief Investment Officer, Mousse Partners Limited


Marc C. de la Bruyere

Marc C. de La Bruyère '77; P'09, P'18

Edmonton, Canada; New York, NY
Trustee since 2009
Committees: Buildings and Grounds (Chair), Committee on Trustees, Education and Student Life, Student Safety

Education: B.A., Williams College; MBA, INSEAD
Occupation: Managing Director, Maclab Enterprises


Walter C. Donovan '81

Boston, MA
Trustee since 2010
Committees: Audit and Risk, Budget and Finance (Chair), Executive Committee, Investment

Education: B.A., Amherst


John A. Downer '75; P'06, P'06, P'07

Stamford, CT
Trustee since 2006
President of the Trustees
Committees: ex officio member of all committees

Education: B.A., J.D., MBA, Harvard
Occupation: Venture Partner, Oak Investment Partners


Mark A. Edwards '78; P'12, P'14

Boston, MA
Trustee since 2012
Committees: Institutional Advancement, Strategic Planning, Work and Life

Education: B.A., Harvard
Occupation: Co-founder, Upstream


Claudine Gay ’88

Cambridge, MA
Trustee since 2017
Committees: Buildings and Grounds, Education and Student Life, Work and Life

Education: B.A., Stanford University; Ph.D., Harvard University
Occupation: Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University


Peter A. Georgescu ’57

New York, NY
Trustee since 2017
Committees: Audit and Risk (Chair), Institutional Advancement, Strategic Planning

Education: B.A., Princeton University; MBA, Stanford University
Occupation: Chairman Emeritus, Young & Rubicam; Author


Jennifer P. Holleran '86

Lincoln, MA
Trustee since 2011
Committees: Buildings and Grounds, Education and Student Life, Executive Committee, Strategic Planning (Chair)

Education: B.A. and M.Ed., Harvard; MBA, Yale
Occupation: Educational Consultant


Sally Jutabha Michaels '82; P'12, P'14, P'17, P'19

Bangkok, Thailand
Trustee since 2015
Committees: Committee on Trustees (Chair), Education and Student Life, Information Technology

Education: A.B., Stanford; MBA, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Occupation: Executive Officer, GMS Power Public Co., Ltd. 

 Daniel C. "Dan" Oakley

Daniel C. "Dan" Oakley '80; P’12, P’14, P’15, P’17, P’17

Cutchogue, NY
Trustee since 2018
Vice President, GAA
Committees: Audit and Risk, Information Technology, Institutional Advancement

Education: B.S., Harvard; M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Deidre G. O'Byrne '84; P'18, P'20

Kensington, NH
Trustee since 2014
Committees: Audit and Risk, Committee on Trustees, Education and Student Life (Chair), Executive Committee

Education: A.B., Princeton; M.A., Yale; J.D., Columbia University School of Law
Occupation: General Counsel

 William K. "Bill" Rawson '71

William K. "Bill" Rawson '71; P'08

Exeter, NH
Trustee since 2018
Committees: ex officio member of all committees

Education: B.A., Amherst; J.D., Stanford Law School
Occupation: Interim Principal, Phillips Exeter Academy


Nina D. Russell '82

Seattle, WA
Trustee since 2009
Committees: Education and Student Life, Strategic Planning, Student Safety, Work and Life

Education: B.A., Yale; M.D., Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
Occupation: Deputy Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation HIV Vaccines Initiative


Peter M. "Scotch" Scocimara '82; P'16, P'18

Menlo Park, CA
Trustee since 2016
Committees: Budget and Finance, Information Technology (Chair), Work and Life

Education: B.A., Brown; MBA, Harvard
Occupation: Senior Director for Global Support, Google


Serena Wille Sides '89

Washington, DC
Trustee since 2016
Committees: Audit and Risk, Student Safety (Chair), Work and Life

Education: B.A., UNC, Chapel Hill; J.D., Harvard; M.Div., Virginia Theological Seminary
Occupation: Episcopal Priest


J. Douglas "Doug" Smith '83

Los Angeles, CA
Trustee since 2009
Committees: Committee on Trustees, Executive Committee, Work and Life (Chair)

Education: B.A., University of North Carolina; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Virginia
Occupation: Professor and Author


Morgan C.W. Sze '83; P'19

Hong Kong
Trustee since 2012
Committees: Buildings and Grounds, Committee on Trustees, Investment (Chair)

Education: B.A., Cornell; MBA, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
Occupation: Chief Investment Officer, Azentus Capital


Kristyn Van Ostern

Kristyn A. (McLeod) Van Ostern ’96

Concord, NH
Trustee since 2017
Committees:  Budget and Finance, Buildings and Grounds, Information Technology

Education: B.A., Connecticut College; MBA, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Occupation: Strategy and finance consultant; Co-founder of Wash Street 

 Janney Wilson '83

Janney Wilson '83

Wellesley Hills, MA
Trustee since 2018
Vice President, GAA
Committees: Budget and Finance, Buildings and Grounds, Institutional Advancement

Education: B.A., Yale University; MBA, Harvard
Occupation: Executive Dean, Harvard Kennedy School