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 22 Trustees, and the group consists of the principal, who is appointed by the Trustees and serves as a member for the duration of her tenure; 18 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.

Wole C. Coaxum '88

Larchmont, NY
Trustee since 2012
Vice President of the Trustees
President, GAA
Committees: Audit, Budget & Finance, Executive Committee, Information Technology, Institutional Advancement (Chair), Strategic Planning Steering, Committee on Trustees

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: Investment, Budget & Finance

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: Budget & Finance, Buildings & Grounds (Chair), Committee on Trustees, Executive Committee

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


Walter C. Donovan '81

Boston, MA
Trustee since 2010
Committees: Audit, Budget & 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: Committee on Trustees, Education and Student Life, Executive Committee, Work & Life, Strategic Planning Steering

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


Claudine Gay ’88

Cambridge, MA
Trustee since 2017
Committees: Education and Student Life, Work & Life, Student Safety

Education: B.A., Stanford University; Ph.D., Harvard University
Occupation: Professor of Government and of African and African-American Studies, and Dean of Social Science, Harvard University 


Peter A. Georgescu ’57

New York, NY
Trustee since 2017
Committees: Education and Student Life, Work & Life, Institutional Advancement

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


David E. Goel

David E. Goel '89

Weston, MA
Trustee since 2013
Committees: Information Technology (Chair)

Education: B.A., Harvard
Occupation: Managing Member, Matrix Capital Management


Jacqueline J. "Jackie" Hayes '85

Los Angeles, CA
Trustee since 2016
Vice President, GAA
Committees: Audit, Institutional Advancement, Student Safety

Education: B.A., J.D., Harvard
Occupation: Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel in Legal and Business Affairs, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.


Jennifer P. Holleran '86

Portola Valley, CA
Trustee since 2011
Committees: Committee on Trustees, Education and Student Life, Strategic Planning Steering (Chair)

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


Lisa MacFarlane P'09, P'13

Exeter, NH
Trustee since 2015
Committees: Executive, Committee on Trustees, ex officio member of all other committees

Education: B.A., Princeton; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Michigan
Occupation: Principal Instructor and Instructor of English, Phillips Exeter Academy


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, Institutional Advancement

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


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

Kensington, NH
Trustee since 2014
Committees: Audit (Chair), Committee on Trustees, Executive Committee, Institutional Advancement

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


Nina D. Russell '82

Seattle, WA
Trustee since 2009
Committees: Education and Student Life (Chair), Executive Committee, Institutional Advancement, Strategic Planning Steering

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: Education and Student Life, Information Technology, Work & Life

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


Serena Wille Sides '89

Washington, DC
Trustee since 2016
Committees: Education and Student Life, Work & Life, Student Safety

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: Buildings & Grounds, Committee on Trustees, Executive Committee, Work & 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

Hong Kong
Trustee since 2012
Committees: Budget & Finance, Buildings & Grounds, 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 & Finance, Audit, Buildings & Grounds

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


Nancy H. Wilder '75

Chicago, IL
Trustee since 2016
Vice President, GAA
Committees: Audit, Education and Student Life, Student Safety (Chair)

Education: A.B., Dartmouth; J.D., University of Notre Dame
Occupation: Senior Consultant, Sexual Misconduct Consulting and Investigations Division, T&M Protection Resources