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Pomona College Names Three to Board of Trustees

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, has elected three new members to its Board of Trustees in 2006.

Jean Moran Kaplan, a former senior manager for Price Waterhouse and business consultant, served as national chair for Pomona’s 2004-06 annual giving campaigns and co-chair of her 20th reunion. In her second year as national chair for annual giving, she was the Annual Fund’s top volunteer, leading the effort that raised a record-setting $4.4 million. As a financial aid recipient herself, she felt strongly about The Annual Fund, which enables the College to accept students regardless of income. A 1983 graduate of Pomona, she majored in economics, served as a student advisor and worked at the College’s radio station, KSPC. She later earned an MBA in finance at UCLA.

Gordon Steel has worked as the chief financial officer of several high technology companies, particularly those in the early stages of product development. As the chief financial officer of three different companies, including Xilinx Inc. and Marvell Technology Group, he was involved in initial public offerings. Most recently he was a co-founder of Codaware, Inc. He is also a former director of the Marshall Steel. Jr. Foundation. Both he and his wife, Lauri Montague Steel, are members of the Pomona Class of 1967. An economics major, he was senior class treasurer, treasurer of Alpha Gamma Nu fraternity, and served on the Interfraternity Council. He later earned an MBA from Stanford.

Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran became president of Kalamazoo College in July 2005, after serving in teaching and administrative positions at Salem Academy and College in Winston-Salem, N.C. A strong proponent of equity and inclusion, she has an extensive background in higher education and child development. While in Nigeria—her academic home for 14 years—she served as a consultant for UNICEF (Nigeria). She is the recipient of many honors including the 1999 Gender Equity Architect Award by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education in recognition of her work in leadership development and mentoring young women and girls. In 2005, she was honored as a YWCA Woman of Vision. A member of the Pomona Class of 1969, she was a major founder of the Black Studies Center and president of Mortar Board. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University.

Pomona College, founded in 1887, is the founding member of The Claremont Colleges. Located in Southern California, it’s hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.