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Case appoints five new leaders to its board of trustees

As part of Case Western Reserve University's vision to create one of the most powerful learning environments in the world, the university continues to draw national attention, tapping the talents of five recognized leaders—four of whom are Case alumni—who will become new members of the university's Board of Trustees. The appointments were approved during the board's meeting on June 3.

Joining the 41-member leadership team that will help direct Case's bold vision are: Kenneth B. Chance Sr. (Case, D.D.S., 1979), professor and division chief of endodontics at the University of Kentucky's College of Dentistry; Susie Gharib, (Flora Stone Mather, B.A., 1972), co-anchor of PSB-TV's Nightly Business Report; Mary Ann Jorgenson (Case, J.D., 1975), partner with Squires, Sanders & Dempsey; George Majoros Jr. (Case, J.D., 1986), president and chief operating officer, Wasserstein & Co.; and Norma Lerner, director of MBNA Corp., Europe.

"These appointments illustrate the new face of the Case board, a bold and national presence, drawn from our alumni," said Frank Linsalata, Chairman of the Board. "We're eager to begin work with our new trustees and incredible board, all highly esteemed in their fields, to continue to advance Case and its vision" said Case President Edward M. Hundert, M.D.

Kenneth Chance Sr.

Chance will be the first dentist to serve on the Case board.

As a leader with a distinguished career in the field of endodontics, Kenneth Chance Sr. has received more than 50 honors and citations for his contributions to dentistry, including the Case School of Dental Medicine's Distinguished Alumni Award and the Paul P. Sherwood Award for Excellence in Endodontics.

In becoming a new member of the Case Board of Trustees, Chance comes full circle in a distinguished career in dentistry that began at Case nearly 25 years ago.

Chance received his B.S. degree from Fordham University in New York City and then earned his doctor of dental surgery degree at Case. He did his postgraduate training at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, General Practice Residency Program, in New York City and at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Dental School in Endodontics, where he served on the faculty for 17 years.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Kentucky's dental school four years ago, Chance served as dean and professor at the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, in Nashville, Tenn.

He also has served in leadership roles as a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee of the National Institutes of Health Research Priority Setting Process, chair of the American Dental Education Association's Section on Minority Affairs and an elected member-at-large (1999) of the Administrative Board of the Council of Deans of the American Dental Education Association.

Susie Gharib

Since 2001 Susie Gharib has been linking Case students with her colleagues on the frontlines of news reporting through the university's Susie Gharib Distinguished Lectureship in Journalism. Gharib is co-anchor of the Nightly Business Report—the longest-running daily business news programs on television.

The lectureship, which Gharib endowed with her husband, Fred Nazem, allows Case students to explore the field of journalism through public lectures and private classroom visits from prominent television and print journalists.

In her professional life, Gharib has paved the way for women in the field of business and financial news reporting. The distinguished magna cum laude graduate from Case is one of the nation's 100 most influential business journalists, according to the editors of The Journalist Financial Review. Her reporting has included interviews with Microsoft's Bill Gates, General Electric's Jack Welch, former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, Citigroup's Sandy Weill as well as President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.

Gharib's work has garnered several awards, including the Gracie Allen Award as the top anchor of a national news program from the American Women in Radio and Television and the Front Page Award from the Newswoman's Club of New York.

Prior to joining PBS-TV, Gharib worked at NBC-TV, CNBC, ABC-TV, Fortune magazine and The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. She also earned a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University.

Mary Ann Jorgenson

In addition to earning her law degree from Case, Mary Ann Jorgenson received her B.A. with high honors from Agnes Scott College and her M.A. in education from Harvard University.

The new member of the Case Board of Trustees also serves as a leader in the legal, business and Cleveland communities.

At Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP, she focuses on the representation of public and private companies in corporate governance, securities law matters and mergers and acquisitions. She has served as a director or secretary of several public companies, as well as private companies and charitable organizations. She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for a number of years and was named one of the best corporate lawyers in Northeast Ohio by Northern Ohio Live and Inside Business magazines in 2002. She is also listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers 2004-2005.

Jorgenson has served on the firm's five-person management committee and as the firm-wide business practice area coordinator for many years. She is also immediate past chair of the Committee on Corporate Laws of the American Bar Association and was an adviser to the ABA's National Task Force on Corporate Responsibility in 2002 and 2003. She is a frequent speaker at national securities law and corporate governance seminars and conferences. In addition, she is a trustee of Cleveland Partnership and previously served as a trustee and chair of the Board of Great Lakes Theater Festival and has served on the Visiting Committees of both Case's Weatherhead School of Management and Franklin Backus School of Law.

Norma Lerner

Norma Lerner and her late husband and former Case trustee, Alfred, gave $100 million to endow the new Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, a distinctive new program that trains medical students who will have a solid combination of clinical and research skills and a passion for scientific inquiry. This gift solidified the ongoing partnership to medical education and research between Case and the Clinic.

In addition to their gifts to Case, the Lerner family has been renowned for civic contributions to the Cleveland community and their long-time connections with the National Football League and its Cleveland Browns.

Lerner, like her late husband of 47 years who died in 2002, has served Cleveland through her work as a trustee for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, co-founder of the Lerner Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, trustee for the Musical Arts Association that oversees the Cleveland Orchestra, board member of the MBNA Grants and Scholarship Program, founding member of the Marine Corps Heritage Museum, director and board member of Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, honorary chair of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Digestive Disease Center's Leadership Board and co-chair of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Brain Tumor Institute's Leadership Board.

She also has spearheaded a number of gala fund-raising events, including University Hospitals of Cleveland's Five Star Sensation, which raised nearly $1 million at each of two events, the Cleveland Orchestra's "A Night of Vienna" in 2003, the gala opening of the newly renovated Severance Hall and the Annual Ball of the American Red Cross.

Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Lerner attended Samuel J. Tilden High School and Long Island University. She received an honorary degree in humane letters from Cleveland State University in 2001.

George Majoros Jr.

George Majoros Jr. has served the Case School of Law in its vision to lead the way in legal education through his work with the law school's visiting committee. He expands his leadership role at the university as a new member of the Case Board of Trustees.

Majoros is president and chief operating officer of Wasserstein, a major independent private equity and investment firm that has more than $2 billion in private equity and assets in its portfolio. Wasserstein focuses on leveraged buyout investments, venture capital investments and related investment activities. He joined Wasserstein in 1993 as part of the Wasserstein Perella Group.

Throughout his career, Majoros has overseen more than 100 mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions. He previously practiced law with Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, where he specialized in contested takeovers, leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions and corporate and security law.

Majoros also has served as president and chief executive officer for Yardley of London, Ltd. He currently is a member of the boards of directors of Real Estate Media Holdings Inc., American Layer Media Group, American Seafoods Group and Bear Creek Corp. In addition, he is co-chair of the board of directors for MasterCraft Boat Co. Inc.

Before earning his law degree at Case and serving as managing editor of the Law Review, Majoros received his A.B. in economics from the University of Michigan.


About Case Western Reserve University

Case is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work.