Five new trustees named to The College of Wooster’s board

Causey, Christensen, Dowley, Duker, and Poethig join group

26 October, 2015 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio – The College of Wooster today announced five new members of its board of trustees. The five, all graduates of the college, are Christopher C. Causey ’85, Jamie Christensen ’96, Mark M. Dowley ’86, Marilyn K. Duker ’76, and Erika C. Poethig ’93.

Causey, Dowley, and Duker were named trustees at the board’s May 2015 meeting, while Christensen and Poethig were appointed by the Alumni Board, an advisory group representing the college’s alumni association, at their November 2014 meeting.

Causey is the principal of the Causey Consortium, a professional services firm that provides strategic planning and marketing counsel to the healthcare industry. Prior to starting the business in 2009, Causey held a number of senior marketing positions in the healthcare sector, including vice president of marketing at Direct AG and vice president of marketing and communications at Allina Health Systems. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from The College of Wooster in 1985 and an MBA from George Washington University in 1991.

Christensen is president of Worldview Solutions, Inc., a company he founded in 2000 to provide professional consulting services in the areas of geographic information systems, global positioning systems, and remote sensing to a client base that includes federal, state and local governments; Fortune 500 companies; and conservation organizations and other non-profits. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wooster in 1996.

Dowley is chairman and partner of the marketing and advertising firm DDCD & Partners, and has held senior marketing and management positions at a number of industry-leading firms, including vice chairman of McCann-Erickson Worldwide from 1999 to 2002, CEO of Interpublic Sports and Entertainment from 2002 to 2004, and chief of marketing at William Morris Endeavor from 2004 to 2011. Dowley earned his bachelor’s degree in business economics from Wooster in 1986.

Duker is president of The Shelter Group, LLC, a real estate development and property management company specializing in multifamily and senior living communities. Duker has been with the firm, which Baltimore Business Journal named one of the best places to work in Baltimore, since 1982. She earned a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Wooster in 1976 and a master’s degree in city planning from MIT in 1979.

Poethig is director of urban policy initiatives at The Urban Institute, where she leads a team that assembles experts to tackle policy challenges facing urban America. Prior to joining the institute in 2013, she served as deputy assistant secretary for policy development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She has also served as associate director for housing at the MacArthur Foundation and assistant commissioner in the City of Chicago’s housing department. Poethig earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Wooster in 1993 and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago in 1996.

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.