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Three New Trustees Elected

Julia Klein, John Kneen, Charles Ryan to join Wooster's board

June 7, 2013 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio, June 7, 2013 – The College of Wooster’s board of trustees elected three new members at its meeting last Saturday. Julia Klein, John Kneen, and Charles Ryan, all Wooster alumni, will join the board at its next meeting, in October.

Julia Klein is owner and chairwoman of C.H. Briggs, one of the largest independently owned distributors of specialty building products on the east coast, and one of the nation’s top 100 women-owned businesses. She served on Wooster’s Alumni Board from 1997 to 2000, and was an entrepreneur in residence at the college in 2010. Klein earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wooster in 1983 and a master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago in 1986.

John Kneen is a partner with Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Co., a private equity management firm in Chicago. He is returning to the board, where he previously served from 2006 to 2009. He also was a member of the Alumni Board from 1983 to 1986. A 1974 graduate of The College of Wooster, with a bachelor’s degree in history, Kneen also holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, earned in 1976.

Charles Ryan is also returning to the board, following an earlier tour of duty from 2008 to 2011, as well as a term on the Alumni Board from 1998 to 2000. He is vice president and chief intellectual property counsel at Forest Laboratories, Inc., a global pharmaceuticals company headquartered in New York City. Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wooster in 1986, a doctorate in oral biology and pathology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1990, and a law degree from Western New England University in 1993.

The College of Wooster is America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student’s own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.