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Three new trustees elected to Berea College Board

Three new members were elected to the Berea College Board of Trustees at the board’s October meeting.

Three new members were elected to the Berea College Board.

Geraldine F. R. McManus, a managing director with Goldman Sachs and Co., Dennis R. Roop, Ph.D, stem cell researcher and program director with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Rev. Lynne Blankenship Caldwell, minister and former district superintendent of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, were all elected to six-year terms beginning immediately. Caldwell was elected as an alumni trustee. In related board action, retired trustee Martin Coyle, who served on the Berea board from 1989-2008, was named an honorary trustee.

Berea’s newest trustees bring a wealth of management expertise and leadership experience to the board. Ms. McManus is a managing director of the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, McManus spent six years at Merrill Lynch, where she was a managing director and head of the Yankee Debt Capital Markets Group. Before working at Merrill Lynch, McManus was at Salomon Brothers for six years, two years as an associate in Corporate Finance and four years as a products specialist in the Hedge Management/Derivatives Group. McManus’ community service activities have been numerous, especially in the areas of conservation and education. She currently serves on the board of trustees of the Delbarton School and on the Presidential Advisory Board of her alma mater Cornell University. McManus earned a B.S. from Cornell and a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Roop holds the Charles C. Gates Chair in Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology and is Director of the Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology Program at UC’s Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. Prior to joining UC in 2006, Roop was professor of molecular and cellular biology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In 2001, he received the Michael E. DeBakey Award for Excellence in Research, the medical school’s highest award. Roop has led research teams whose accomplishments include identifying many of the genes required for normal skin development and discovered that defects in some of those genes cause inherited skin diseases characterized by a very fragile skin, which blisters easily and may result in neonatal death. Roop also has provided insights into the genetic defects that lead to skin cancer. Originally from Jonesville, Va., Roop graduated from Berea College in 1969 with a degree in biology. He received his M.S. and Ph.D from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and completed Post-Doctoral work at Baylor College of Medicine. He is married to Betty Hollandsworth Roop, a 1970 Berea graduate.

Rev. Caldwell, a 1978 Berea alumna, is a United Methodist Church minister and administrator who held appointments in the church’s Western North Carolina Conference for 20 years beginning in 1988. She served as an associate pastor and pastor at four churches and from 2002-2008 served as High Point District Superintendent in the Conference. Since Sept. 2008, Caldwell has been a visiting instructor for United Methodist Studies at the Union Theological Seminary-Presbyterian School of Christian Education and The Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, both in Richmond, Va.; she also serves as pastor of Brookland United Methodist Church in Richmond. Caldwell has wide experience as a consultant and in collaborative and outreach ministries ranging from facilitating a community study on racism to educational programs for clergy and congregational development and revitalization. She also has extensive community and church board service.

A native of Black Mountain, N.C., Caldwell majored in Child Development at Berea, and was the college’s first female Student Government President. She later served a two-year internship in campus ministry at Berea. Caldwell holds a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. and a D.Min. degree from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1855, Berea College is the South’s first interracial and coeducational college and focuses on learning, labor, and service. Berea charges no tuition, admitting only academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources. All students must work 10 hours weekly, earning money for books, room and board.

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