In its first expansion in more than three centuries, the Harvard Corporation will add three new members this July: a distinguished university president soon stepping down from his post, a leading computer scientist and former president of the University’s Board of Overseers, and an admired business and civic leader widely active in Harvard alumni affairs.Tufts University President Lawrence S. Bacow, Susan L. Graham of the University of California, Berkeley, and Joseph J. O’Donnell, an influential Boston executive who is the chairman of Centerplate, will join the governing board formally known as the President and Fellows of Harvard College, after a five-month search that yielded more than 500 nominations.The appointments were announced today (May 25) in a message to the Harvard community from President Drew Faust and the Corporation’s senior fellow, Robert D. Reischauer.“We’re very fortunate to welcome such a capable and committed trio of alumni to the Corporation,” said Faust. “Each of them brings expertise and experience that the Corporation will greatly value, and each has an intensity of commitment to higher education, and to helping Harvard adapt and thrive in changing times, that promises to serve us well.”The appointments follow the Corporation’s announcement this past December of a set of changes intended to enhance its collective capacity, including an expansion from seven to 13 members over the course of two to three years. Reischauer and Faust have said the changes aim to enhance the governing board’s ability to focus on long-term strategy and University priorities and to meet the needs of an institution far larger and more complex than at the time of its founding.“These are three individuals with extensive governance experience who exemplify the remarkable accomplishment of our alumni across a range of professional domains,” said Reischauer, who chaired the search committee. “They are also three people strongly engaged with higher education and with Harvard, knowledgeable about its history and values and dedicated to its future excellence. We set out last December to amplify the Corporation’s capacity, and the addition of these three extraordinarily able new colleagues will do just that.” Bacow is regarded as one of the most thoughtful and effective university presidents in the nation, known for a strong commitment to civic engagement, to student access, and to promoting collaboration among Tufts’ different schools. He holds three degrees from Harvard, a J.D., an M.P.P., and a Ph.D. in public policy. He will step down as Tufts president this summer, after a decade of service.“This is a pivotal moment for universities, at a time of profound change in the world, and I hope I can help Harvard continue to lead in defining what a university can and should be in the years ahead,” Bacow said. “Harvard sets a high standard for all of higher education, and I’m pleased and excited at the opportunity to return to Harvard in this new role.”Before leading Tufts, Bacow was the chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his undergraduate alma mater, where he joined the faculty in 1977 and was chair of the MIT faculty and director of MIT’s Center for Real Estate. His scholarly interests lie at the intersection of environmental studies, law, economics, and policy. He has had many trusteeship roles, including chairing the Talloires Network, which aims to strengthen the civic roles of higher education institutions worldwide. He currently serves on the Harvard Kennedy School visiting committee and will be “president-in-residence” at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2011-12.Graham is the Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor Emerita of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Berkeley. She is a leading expert in programming language implementation, software development, and high-performance computing. A graduate of Radcliffe College who received her Ph.D. from Stanford University, she was a Harvard Overseer from 2001 to 2007 and chaired the Board of Overseers in 2006-07, when she also served on the presidential search committee.“I have relished my association with Harvard from my college days through my recent years as an Overseer, and I approach my time on the Corporation with a deep sense of the University’s power to transform the lives of students and to shape the world of ideas,” she said. “There’s a great sense of possibility, and there are great opportunities for creative integration, from the sciences to the arts and across the professions. I look forward to doing all I can to help Harvard thrive.”Past chair of the visiting committees to both the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, she has also been an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association and received the HAA’s Harvard Medal in 2008. Her board involvements include service as a vice chair of Cal Performances, Berkeley’s vibrant performing arts organization.O’Donnell, a native of Everett, Mass., is a graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Business School. Early in his career, he served at HBS as associate dean of the M.B.A. program and then as director of the school’s Program for Management Development. Longtime CEO and chairman of the Boston Culinary Group, he is now the chairman of Centerplate, a nationwide leader in the food-service industry, and also owns Allied Advertising Agency.“Harvard has been a central part of my life,” said O’Donnell, a prominent figure in Boston business and civic affairs. “There’s no institution I know whose people are more capable of doing great things for the world, and no alumni community I know whose members are more devoted to their university’s progress. I’m proud to be able to extend my service to Harvard by joining the Corporation.”Widely active in philanthropic pursuits, O’Donnell, along with his wife, founded The Joey Fund in memory of their late son, and he has long been a leader in the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, among other board roles. He has for decades been one of Harvard’s most active alumni volunteers, serving as an Overseer, a visiting committee member, an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association, a member of the Allston Work Team, an adviser to senior University officials, and a major force in Harvard campaign and development efforts. He received the HBS alumni achievement award in 2005.In accordance with Harvard’s charter, the appointment of the Corporation’s three newest members was voted today (May 25) by the President and Fellows with the consent of the Board of Overseers. It marks the first step in achieving the Corporation’s planned enlargement, as it grows from seven to 10 and eventually to 13 members. In 2011-12, the Corporation is also expected to launch several new committees, in areas including finance, facilities and capital planning, and governance, as well as a joint governing boards’ committee on alumni affairs and development.These and other changes grow out of an in-depth review in 2009-10 of the role, structure, and practices of the oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere as it guides a university of Harvard’s scale, ambition, and complexity forward in the 21st century.
In the summer of 1980, Shirley Grauel turned down a job working in a basement.A mother with young children, she called the University regarding an ad for an administrative secretary position. When the University called back about a new, nine-month job working with the student-run campus newspaper, she knew it was perfect.“And here I am now, 30 years later, working in a basement of a building,” she said on her second-to-last day as The Observer office manager.Known for her hugs, her candy bowl and her daily line-up of daytime television, Shirley has been a constant presence at The Observer, and staffers over the years have come to know her as their second mother.“I love interacting with everybody every day. They stay the same age, but I keep getting older, but I never felt the gap,” she said. “I respected the students, and it just worked out so well.”Shirley’s time at The Observer has not only shaped her life, but her family’s. Her daughter, Jill O’Hara, said her earliest memories of her mom are of her working at The Observer.When she was very young, Shirley would bring her to work in the LaFortune offices when she was too sick for school and she would watch “The Price is Right” with the students working.“It took me a long time to understand what my mom meant when I’d hear her tell people that she could ‘sell her job because it’s so great,” Jill said.As a student at Notre Dame in the 1990s, Jill said she was touched by how much her mother was loved on campus.“When students who I didn’t even know would approach me and tell me how wonderful she is … I would smile and agree with them, and then wonder if it was odd that my mom was more popular on campus than I was,” she said.Jill said Shirley’s love for her job and for the students who work at The Observer “is genuine and deep.”“I don’t think she realizes the hearts she’s touched over the years … but I do. She is 100 percent the person she appears to be: loving, committed, loyal, nurturing,” she said. “I am incredibly proud that this mom to so many actually is my mom.”Though to many, 30 years in one position might seem like an eternity, it didn’t feel that way to Shirley.“Every day was special,” she said. “Where else would you get hugs everyday, and students walking up to say ‘I love you?’ I could have a bad day, but I don’t ever leave here in a bad mood.”During her time at The Observer, Shirley has collected many memories and stories to share about the students she worked with — her second family. She recalled one staffer even calling her from the recovery room after delivering her first baby.“The weddings I’ve been invited to, the e-mails I get that they’re having tailgates or the notes that are left on my desk every Saturday during the football season … I feel like I can go anywhere and I can find one of the former people,” she said.After about 10 years on the job, Shirley realized she had a lucky feeling.“I realized not once had I gotten up in the morning and said, ‘Oh man, I’ve got to go to work.’ It was always, ‘I get to go to work,’” she said. “I wish everyone could experience that.”Observer alumni will reunite the weekend of the Blue-Gold game for a retirement party for Shirley, an event she is very excited about.“I can’t wait to see everyone,” she said.Preparing to return to campus for the reunion party, Observer alumni shared memories of Shirley.Bruce Oakley, Class of 1980, returned to campus looking for a job after graduation and started working with Shirley at The Observer after serving as a copy editor his senior year.He’ll be coming back again for the party, and told stories of those early years: installing typesetting machines, listening to Blondie, babysitting for Shirley’s children.“Shirley proudly shared her life with us,” he said. “She has strength enough for a family that’s been growing for 30 years.“My message to Shirley: ‘Mom, the kids are all right. And we’re coming home.’”Though it hasn’t always been smooth sailing in The Observer office, the staff was always able to rely on Shirley, said John Lucas, a member of the Class of 1996 who served as Editor-in-Chief from 1995-96.“Shirley always was a tremendous, steadying force: calm, fun and kind. She was in the eye of the hurricane, with the chaos that is The Observer swirling all around her,” he said.The current staff, including Editor-in-Chief Matt Gamber, isn’t quite ready to Shirley go.“I’ve been incredibly blessed to have known Shirley for the past three years, and I can’t thank her enough for the countless smiles and hugs that have brightened long nights and early mornings in the office,” Gamber said. “It will be a challenge to move forward without her, both from a personal and a professional standpoint, but on behalf of the entire staff, Shirley, I wish you nothing but the best as you enjoy your retirement. We will miss you.”Now that her time at The Observer has come to a close, Shirley said she is “going to become a traveler and a full-time grandma.”Shirley has plans for an Alaskan cruise this June with her husband Craig, also retired, and the Grauels are renting a condo in Florida for four weeks next spring.“If Craig wasn’t at home, I probably wouldn’t be retired … but things happen for a reason, and it’s time,” she said. “Thirty years … that’s enough.”
Share Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season August 21, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Private bookmaker Fitzdares has vowed to pay out all bets placed on Liverpool winning the Premier League this season, on the condition that the Merseyside team beat both Wolves and West Ham.Fitzdares has said that it will pay out all bets on 1 February, as Liverpool looks to be on track to win its first title since 1990. The announcement comes in despite of there being a third of the season left to play.William Woodhams, CEO of Fitzdares, said: “The Premier League is done and dusted. Jurgen Klopp has finally got one over Pep in the league after years of sparring in the Bundesliga and Premier League.“This Liverpool team has been on another level all season so it only feels right to pay out now. Oh and we are now taking bets on the 2021 winner. Something tells me it won’t be United.”This is not the first time that the private bookmaker has opted to pay out bets early. Last August, Fitzdares also paid out on Ben Stokes winning Sports Personality Of The Year four months before the results were announced.Earlier this month, Fitzdares committed to donating all net profits from the Australian Open 2020 to the Red Cross, supporting victims and emergency services countering the bush fires impacting the Gold Coast of Australia.Since September, the fires across Australia have killed at least 27 people, and have destroyed more than 10.3 million hectares nationally.