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In search of future Overseers

first_imgPALANDJIAN:  Well, first and foremost, a wide net is cast.LOVEJOY: A very wide net. It’s done through the outreach of the HAA, the deans, the Schools’ alumni associations, general research, and we do get nominations from individual alumni who write letters of support, for example.We talk to various Schools, deans, and others about the alumni leaders they may know, so we do a lot of work that way. We also rely on the committee to a fair extent to surface potential candidates who should be considered, particularly as the members get to know and understand what the needs of the University are. In a given year, we might need more strength in science, for example, or in the arts, or in public service, or leadership of complex organizations, especially educational organizations. Or the committee may point out that we haven’t had anybody from a particular School in a while and consequently may then bring a candidate forward from that School. So, though not perfect, it’s a very thorough and thoughtful process. And it tends to produce a pretty remarkable set of diverse and distinguished candidates from year to year.Last year, in 2019 — and I’m going to cheat and look at my notes here — we had candidates who included a former U.S. secretary of education, the chief medical officer of the San Francisco Health Network, the founder of Girls Who Code, a cancer biologist at MIT, a top management consultant based in London, an artist who does large-scale installations around the world, the head of the Iowa Department of Education, a health care entrepreneur, and an investor with deep expertise in technology.GAZETTE:  So, you have to go from 300 to eight nominated candidates in the end?PALANDJIAN:  Yes, and as Philip said, the deliberations are active and thoughtful. The committee takes this role very seriously. It’s an art rather than a science — we don’t have boxes to check off. And we look at the slate with a multiyear perspective to ensure the 30 members of the board represent optimal breadth and diversity. Yes, people disagree, have respectful debate, but at the end, the committee embraces the last eight who are selected.LOVEJOY: I’ll never forget the first time I went to a nominating committee meeting, and I thought, “How is this going to work? You have 13 people, and you have 300 names, and you’re going to come down to eight that everybody agrees on?” But it happens! It happens through discussion and conversation, looking at people’s bios, looking at things they’ve written, looking at videos, and doing more research if needed.Philip Lovejoy: “I’ll never forget the first time I went to a nominating committee meeting, and I thought, ‘How is this going to work? You have 13 people, and you have 300 names, and you’re going to come down to eight that everybody agrees on?’ But it happens!”GAZETTE:  I understand the committee also had a role to play in moving to online voting as an option, which was announced in 2016. Can you talk about that a bit?LOVEJOY: The committee recognized the importance of encouraging all our alumni to vote and so they were a strong advocate for that. I’m a huge fan of online voting. It got our voting up relative to our alumni population, particularly international alumni. The number of votes cast last year by international alumni was directly proportional to the number of alumni who are international. In prior years, it was considerably lower. That empowered an important voice for us as a University.GAZETTE:  Tracy, you’ve been an Overseer yourself.  What are the kind of things that you consider as you’re looking at this binder of 300 candidates?PALANDJIAN:  We care deeply about diversity, in the fullest sense. It’s not just diversity in terms of ethnicity, gender, School, geography, etc., but also diversity in experiential and professional domains, as well as diversity of perspectives and mindsets.LOVEJOY: There are so many needs at an institution of this scale — all of the different Schools, from research to teaching, to activity in Allston, everything. We need experience from the arts and the sciences, from academia, or finance. And so that’s all part of the mix, in addition to  ensuring that this board brings together people from different parts of the alumni body.There’s a perception out there among a good number of our alumni that the board is made up of men on Wall Street. It’s not. The board is profoundly diverse and as such is representative of our alumni. It’s now almost two-thirds women. We’re finding that alumni are increasingly voting for women, for candidates of color, and candidates with diverse life experiences.GAZETTE:  So what makes an effective board member in your view?PALANDJIAN:  Effective board members respect the difference between “overseeing” and managing. They are thoughtful about the University as a whole, not just the parts that most connect with their personal interests. They check their egos at the door, and they want to collaborate and learn. They ask good questions, watch out for opportunities and challenges, and continue to make Harvard excellent in an enduring way.GAZETTE:  It’s interesting to think about Harvard’s impact in the world in the context of the role of the Overseers. President Bacow often says Harvard doesn’t exist to make ourselves better; we exist to make the world better. So how do you think about the balance between being responsible stewards of the existing enterprise but also being on the leading edge and pushing the University? Is that something the nominating committee thinks about when selecting candidates?LOVEJOY: It’s a very interesting feedback loop of impact, because the people who are being nominated by the committee are having incredible impact out in the world. That’s what’s surfaced them as potential candidates, right? They build extraordinary careers; they’ve done just extraordinary things. So they are representative of the impact that we are trying to create. These alumni are living examples of that, and they’re bringing back that life experience to help guide the University to create more of an impact. That’s why I think it’s so important for us as an institution to have this body that is made up of alumni, chosen by alumni — because it continues to remind us why we exist and what we do.Alumni have always pushed Harvard to be a better version of itself, and it’s through this mechanism [electing alumni to the Board] that that plays out. They come to serve Harvard, and to provide guidance and oversight on how Harvard can serve the world.GAZETTE:  Anything you want to say to alumni as elections approach? Making connections, building community Eight current Overseers share their unique stories Incoming HAA president aims to bolster relationships across the alumni community Related LOVEJOY: This is an important way to bring their voice into governance, and so I would encourage them to pay attention, do their research, get to know what the board does, get a sense of what they’re voting for and who they would like to see guiding the University. What excites me about this institution is that the alumni voice is brought to bear in a very impactful way. And the election and the petition process are among the ways they are heard. We talk a lot about citizenship and being citizens of Harvard. This is a classic example of where you should exercise your citizenship. It’s your University.PALANDJIAN:  Yes, and I’d also focus on the long-term nature of the work of the board. The Overseers have a tremendous responsibility to guide and shape Harvard in an enduring manner, in terms of education, research, and serving society, especially during a time of great change in higher education. I’ll end with my Chinese grandfather’s favorite proverb: Speed tests the strength of horses; time tests the hearts of humans.This interview has been edited for length and clarity. For more on this year’s elections and the candidates, see here. Election for new members to the Board of Overseers to begin next month Each year, eligible Harvard degree holders have the chance to vote for new members of the Harvard Board of Overseers, one of the University’s two governing boards, alongside the Harvard Corporation. In addition, degree holders vote for elected directors of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). Every fall, before the usual spring elections, a committee of alumni gathers to review an extensive roster of potential candidates and to discuss, debate, and consider a multitude of factors before putting forward a slate of eight for Overseer. The 2020 elections will begin on July 1, having been delayed due to issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and will run through Aug. 18. This year’s candidates for the five openings on the Board of Overseers include eight alumni nominated by the HAA nominating committee and five nominated by petition. There are also nine candidates for six positions as HAA directors. The Gazette spoke recently with Tracy Palandjian ’93, M.B.A. ’97, who leads the alumni committee that nominates candidates for Overseer, and Philip Lovejoy, the HAA’s executive director, to learn more about the role of the Overseers and the alumni nominating committee process.Q&ATracy Palandjian and Philip LovejoyGAZETTE:  Tracy, can you start by sharing a little bit about yourself, your background, some of the leadership roles you’ve had at the University?PALANDJIAN:  How far should I go back? I grew up in Hong Kong and ended up on Harvard’s campus in the fall of ’89. It never crossed my mind then that I would later choose to become an American and make a life in this country. I graduated from the College in 1993 and from the Business School in 1997, and over the years I’ve been lucky to be involved in various leadership roles. I served as an Overseer from 2012 to 2018. I chaired the Overseers’ Schools committee, which gave me a real perch of looking at the entire University across all the Schools and the College. I was also active on the humanities and arts committee, and participated in the reaccreditation process in 2017, and from 2017 to 2018 I served as vice chair of the Overseers executive committee. My last year on the Board of Overseers coincided with the presidential search. Serving on the search committee was an extraordinary privilege. It allowed me to appreciate Harvard in completely new ways and see more fully the rapidly evolving dynamics in higher ed, the challenges and opportunities facing the modern research university.Today, I chair the nominating committee; I’m on the Corporation finance committee; and I serve on various visiting committees — including the College and the Business School.GAZETTE:  Tracy, what did you know about the Overseers when you received the call asking you to run?PALANDJIAN:  I knew little. I knew that it was a distinguished group — judges, academics, nonprofit and business leaders, journalists, physicians. I knew the Corporation was the fiduciary body, but I didn’t appreciate some of the special responsibilities that the Overseers have. Besides the University’s president and the treasurer, the Board of Overseers has 30 members, all of them elected by alumni. That’s powerful and, to my knowledge, singular in higher ed. Most university boards either are entirely appointed or include a mix of appointed and elected members. Having a board that’s almost entirely elected by alumni reflects the deeply inclusive nature of our governance.“… we don’t have boxes to check off. And we look at the slate with a multiyear perspective to ensure the 30 members of the board represent optimal breadth and diversity,” said Tracy Palandjian.GAZETTE:  How do you see the Overseers’ role?PALANDJIAN:  Each of us brings our own expertise and perspective to the job. The role of an Overseer is not to advocate for some particular set of issues that you are expert in or that you care really strongly about. You’re there to serve the whole University …LOVEJOY: … to bring your knowledge and expertise to bear on the issues.PALANDJIAN:  All kinds of issues, and all in the context of working together in service of the long-term best interests of the University as a whole.GAZETTE:  Can you talk more about, for example, some of the special responsibilities you mentioned that surprised you when you were learning about the Board?PALANDJIAN:  The Overseers consent to the appointment of the president and other Corporation members, to name one. For example, when the presidential search committee presented its recommendation of Larry Bacow as the next president, the Overseers had to ratify that. But the primary responsibility of the Overseers is oversight through the various 50-plus visiting committees across the Schools, the FAS academic departments, and some other units.LOVEJOY: The other day someone described this in a way that made a lot of sense: The Overseers focus on providing oversight for the academic enterprise and providing the University’s leadership with advice on a range of issues, while the Corporation exercises most of the traditional governance functions of a board of trustees.PALANDJIAN:  That’s well put — and the academic enterprise is the throbbing heartbeat of Harvard.The composition of the visiting committees is really thoughtfully assembled. And there’s a great deal of independence; people are not shy about asking tough questions and challenging signs of complacency and inertia, because the whole point is to make the academic enterprise stronger. Visiting committees raise questions about how we can advance diversity, inclusion, and belonging; how Harvard compares to its peers and can learn from them; how we can innovate in teaching and learning and take the best advantage of technology; how different parts of Harvard can collaborate in new ways, especially across disciplines; how we can better integrate theory and practice; and a range of other challenges and opportunities facing Harvard and higher ed.GAZETTE:  Tell us about what the HAA nominating committee is and what it does.LOVEJOY: There are 13 voting members on the nominating committee. Ten of them are appointed by the executive committee of the Harvard Alumni Association, and that executive committee is our volunteer alumni leadership. The executive committee takes the appointment of nominating committee members very seriously, ensuring that the diversity of the University community writ large has a voice in the process. They consider people across the many different cohorts that we represent. They look at what schools people attended, where they live, career paths, race and ethnicity — and per the HAA Constitution, they also include at least one alum who graduated within the last 10 years and another within 15 years from graduating. And the nominating committee also includes three present or recent Overseers who sit on the committee and bring a very important voice. The nominating committee really benefits from the expertise of people who’ve been in those seats, who understand what the board does and why they do it. They talk about the board as a collaborative team, one where members listen and learn, ask hard questions and offer constructive advice, bring their full self and all of their experience to bear for the benefit of the University. And they demonstrate what it is like to make that kind of commitment to the University.GAZETTE:  What’s the timing like for the nomination process? How often does the committee meet?PALANDJIAN:  It’s intense.LOVEJOY: The work kicks off in September with a two-day, in-person meeting. In advance of that meeting each member receives a huge set of materials, really extensive research, for about 300 potential candidates for Overseer who have been nominated. They meet a second time in the fall.GAZETTE:  Can we talk more about the nominating process? “Effective board members respect the difference between “overseeing” and managing. … They check their egos at the door, and they want to collaborate and learn.” — Tracy Palandjian The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more


Nexans to Supply Seagreen Phase 1 Export Cables

first_imgSSE has chosen Nexans as the preferred supplier of export cables for the first phase of the Seagreen offshore wind project in Scotland, which comprises the Seagreen Alpha and Bravo offshore wind farms.Nexans will design, manufacture and install three 65km offshore export cables and three 20km onshore export cables for Seagreen Phase 1.“We are delighted to receive this agreement from SSE and we are excited to be helping to bring the biggest windfarm in Scotland to life,” said Vincent Desale, Nexans SEVP for the Subsea and Land System Business Group.Once operational in 2024, Seagreen Alpha and Bravo will form the largest wind farm in Scotland with their combined capacity of 1,075MW.In October, SSE named MHI Vestas as a preferred wind turbine supplier for the supply and service of up to 114 wind turbines for the Seagreen offshore wind farm.The offshore wind farm is one of the projects that won Contracts for Difference (CfD) in the UK’s third allocation round in September. Seagreen secured a 15-year contract for 454MW at a strike price of GBP 41.61/MWh in auction delivery year 2024/25.The project site is located 27km off the Angus Coast in the Firth of Forth.last_img read more


Jose Peraza sparks Dodgers past Cubs for 5th win in row

first_imgLatos failed to make it out of the fifth inning for the third time in four starts with the Dodgers. Johnson loaded the bases in the eighth inning, aided by two hit batters, but got the timely 6-4-3 double play when it mattered.Peraza’s RBI double changed the complexion of the game.Andre Ethier followed with a two-run single up the middle for a 4-2 lead, then Adrian Gonzalez smoked an RBI single to left field for a 5-2 lead.Ultimately the Dodgers’ four-run seventh inning took Latos off the hook and delighted the crowd of 51,697, which pushed the Dodgers over the 3 million mark for the fourth straight season, for the 19th time in the last 20 years and for the 29th time overall.In his first start since Aug. 13, Latos failed to make it out of the fifth inning, with an inflated pitch count and an inability to consistently finish off batters.The Dodgers tried to take advantage of three off-days in an eight-day period by skipping Latos’ turn in the rotation and shipping him off to Camelback Ranch in Arizona for a simulated game, hoping he would come back a different pitcher.On Saturday, it looked like the same old Latos, who said he did not benefit from the team-imposed break.“Not at all,” Latos said defiantly.Latos said it was tough to find a rhythm after breaking his routine, but felt there were some positives from Saturday’s short start.“It’s pretty tough, not throwing for seven or eight days, then having to go down to rookie ball and go through the motions,” Latos said. “It’s tough to build off something like that. But tonight I felt everything was better. My fastballs were down, so you take the positives.”VIDEO: Dodgers pitcher Mat LatosLatos allowed two runs with four hits and five strikeouts, but also had three walks. He had walked opposing pitcher Jon Lester (who was 1 for 45 at the plate) and balked in the tiebreaking run in the fifth inning that put the Dodgers in a hole.Mattingly said before the game he expects Latos to be able to take the mound every fifth day for the rest of the season and reiterated postgame that the rotation “is set.”Latos (0-3, 6.53 ERA), left-hander Alex Wood (2-2, 4.35 ERA), Johnson (0-2, 16.46 ERA) and reliever Luis Avilan (0-0, 5.14 ERA) have struggled since arriving in L.A., though Wood has shown flashes.Somewhere, Mike Bolsinger is laughing.Though credit Avilan, who retired all four batters he faced in relief on Saturday.Also credit Peraza, who sparked both scoring innings for the Dodgers.In the third inning, Peraza singled, was sacrificed to second, stole third on the maddeningly deliberate Lester and scored on Kike Hernandez’s infield single to tie the game at 1-1.Peraza had two stolen bases, leading an astounding four stolen bases by the usually inactive Dodgers.“I’m just playing relaxed, and thankfully things turned out great,” Peraza said in Spanish, admitting he felt slighted by being traded by the Braves. “I was a little sad (about the trade) because that’s where I started my career, but thank God I am here and things are going well. I am grateful for the opportunity from the manager.”Lester had taken a 2-1 lead heading into the seventh inning, but wound up allowing five runs and eight hits with seven strikeouts no walks.The much-maligned Dodgers bullpen also threw 4.3 scoreless innings of relief, with Kenley Jansen coming into the ninth to nail down his 27th save in 29 chances.NotesMattingly said Chase Utley took infield practice at third base for the second consecutive day. … Mattingly also said there is nothing physically wrong with reliever Pedro Baez, who has not been in a game since Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Oakland. Mattingly said the reduced work is a result of changing roles for Baez, now considered the long reliever. … Third baseman Justin Turner made a nice diving catch on Lester’s popped bunt in the fifth inning. The three-team, eight-player trade pulled off by the Dodgers at the Major League Baseball trading deadline was supposed to bolster its starting rotation and bullpen.So far, the results have been mixed at best.However, there was an underrated aspect to that trade that often gets overlooked: the acquisition of top infield prospect Jose Peraza.Getting his second cup of coffee with the team due to Yasiel Puig’s hamstring injury, Peraza started at second base and launched a tying RBI double in the seventh inning to spark the Dodgers to a 5-2 victory over the Cubs for the team’s fifth straight victory while pushing their National League West lead to 3 1/2 games over the Giants. Peraza also helped manufacture the Dodgers’ first run with his speed and turned a nice double play to allow L.A. to escape a bases-loaded threat in the eighth inning. He had his first Major League RBI and first multi-hit game.VIDEO: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly on rookie Jose Peraza“He’s an interesting guy,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He runs really well. Davey (Lopes) has been with him since last time he was here and felt he had really good instincts. “He gives us some speed and he puts the ball in play. That’s what we were able to see tonight. With two strikes, he’s able to put the ball in the gap. If you put it in play, you have a chance.”Peraza’s heroics helped overshadow subpar efforts by struggling starter Mat Latos and reliever Jim Johnson — both acquired in that trade.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more