New Members Elected to UM Board of Trustees

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 4, 2018)—The University of Miami announced Friday the election of three new members to its Board of Trustees, a group of accomplished industry and community leaders, philanthropists, and alumni.

“We are pleased to welcome this group of distinguished leaders whose broad perspective and passion for our mission will benefit the University and its stewardship,” said Richard D. Fain, chair of the board.

Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., enters his third year leading the body responsible for governing one of the nation’s top private research institutions. Hilarie Bass and H.T. Smith remain vice chairs of the board.

“Our new board members possess unique talents and insight that will help guide the University of Miami into a new century,” said UM President Julio Frenk. “I look forward to working with each of them and the rest of our Board of Trustees as we carry out the mission of our institution.”

They newly elected members of the board are:

Robert E. Sanchez, B.S.E.E. ’87

Chairman and chief executive officer of Ryder System, Inc., a leading Fortune 500 transportation and logistics company, Robert E. Sanchez has held numerous leadership positions of increasing responsibility, including chief information officer, chief financial officer and chief operating officer, over the course of his 25-year career at Ryder, where he began as a business analyst. Sanchez is also a board member of Texas Instruments, Inc.,  St. Thomas University, and the Association of Cuban-American Engineers, for which he chairs the scholarship foundation. He is also a member of the executive committee of the United Way of Miami-Dade and is a 2016-2018 campaign co-chair.


Marilu Marshall, B.B.A. ’66, JD ’69 (Alumni Trustee)

Senior vice president, executive management, and chief inclusion and diversity officer for the Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Marilu Marshall began her career as a trial attorney with the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the United States Department of Justice, the first woman to serve as a trial attorney on an Organized Crime Strike Force. She has served in executive positions at Playboy Enterprises and Cunard Line, Ltd., the British passenger shipping company known for its ownership of the Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mary II. Marshall is a member of the New York and Florida bar associations as well as the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion.

Evan de Joya, B.S. ’19 (Student Trustee)

A junior biology and geography major at the University of Miami, Evan de Joya is in the dual-degree program in medicine and will be attending medical school in the fall of 2019. He is president-elect of the Student Government Association and the director of Student Government Academic Affairs, overseeing the Academic Liaison Council. In addition, he is a student research assistant in UM’s Health Geographics Lab in the Department of Geography and Regional Studies.

Completing their terms as trustees this year were Susan Lytle Lipton, Thomas E. Pfeiffer, and Alessandria San Roman.

In other business, the board approved a new strategic plan that will serve as a roadmap for the University as it approaches its centennial in 2025.


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Sarah Artecona Appointed to Red Cross Board

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Sarah Artecona

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Sarah Nesbitt Artecona, associate vice president of community engagement at the University of Miami, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Greater Miami and the Keys Chapter of the American Red Cross.

During her three-year-term, Artecona, a Miami native who joined the University 17 years ago from Miami-Dade County government, with work with local leaders to mobilize volunteers and donors in the event of a local emergency.

“South Florida is ground zero for tropical weather conditions. We have also been affected by other emergencies as well. I’m delighted to join an organization that takes an active role in helping those affected by emergency events,” Artecona said.

One of five Red Cross chapters in the South Florida region, the Greater Miami and the Keys’ chapter serves more than 2 million residents of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, providing shelter, food, clothing and emotional support to those affected by house fires, floods, and weather-related emergencies.


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Faculty Senate Reelects Officers

Tomas Salerno, Linde Neider, and JoNel Newmn

Tomás Salerno, Linda Neider, and JoNel Newman

The Faculty Senate reelected all three of its officers, Chair Tomás Salerno, Vice-Chair Linda L. Neider, and Second Vice-Chair JoNel Newman, to another one-year term for the 2018-2019 academic year at its April 25 meeting.

Serving on the Senate since 2008, Salerno, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Miller School of Medicine, was reelected chair for the fifth time.

Neider, who was first elected to the Faculty Senate in the late 1980s and reelected in 2012, was re-elected to her fifth term as first-vice chair. She is a professor in the Miami Business School’s Department of Management and Department of Health Sector Management and Policy.

JoNel Newman, professor of clinical legal education in the School of Law and director of the Health Rights Clinic, was reelected to her third term as second vice-chair. She has been a Senate member since 2011.

View the list of other newly elected Faculty Senate members.

Faculty Senate meetings are open to all faculty members. Next year’s meeting schedule will be set and posted on the Faculty Senate website during the summer.


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Asaf Zentler Appointed Assistant V.P. and Assistant Treasurer

Asaf Zentler

Asaf Zentler

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 2, 2018)—Asaf Zentler, formerly vice president of J.P. Morgan’s  investment bank, has joined the University of Miami as assistant vice president and assistant treasurer of the Investments and Treasury team. He reports to Associate Vice President and Treasurer Charmel Maynard.

In his new role, Zentler will lead the University’s treasury functions, including banking and bank relationships, cash management, bond and term loan issuances, student accounts receivable and collections, and corporate cards.

“Asaf will work closely with Brandon Gilliland, vice president and CFO, and myself on our liquidity, capital markets, debt management and endowment/pension asset management,” Maynard said. “Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Asaf.”

Zentler comes to UM with more than seven years of experience at J.P. Morgan, having served most recently as vice president in its investment bank. He has expertise in executing loan and bond transactions, capital structure advisory, operational and financial due diligence, and financial modeling. He recently advised several large companies on their financings for mergers and acquisitions, refinancing of existing debt and new capital projects. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Asaf spent time at American Express, Fishcer-Jordan Consulting and Ernst & Young.

He holds a M.B.A. in finance and financial instruments and markets from New York University and an L.L.B in law and B.A in accounting from Tel Aviv University.



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Dean Prado Appointed to Research!America Board

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Prado photoCORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 16, 2018)—Graduate School Dean Guillermo (Willy) Prado, whose research focuses on the prevention of risky health behaviors in adolescents, has been elected to the board of directors of Research!America, a national advocacy and public education nonprofit committed to promoting research that improves health.

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to work alongside the distinguished leaders that comprise the board of directors of Research!America,” said Prado, the Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences and the director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health at the Miller School of Medicine. “I am eager to advance Research!America’s mission to elevate the visibility of the importance of research in improving the nation’s health.”

Prado joins the board along with Derek Rapp, president and chief executive officer of JDRF, which is a global leader in funding research for type 1 diabetes.

“Derek Rapp and Dr. Guillermo Prado have committed their careers to improving the lives of patients and supporting efforts to accelerate medical progress,” said Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America. “They bring a wealth of experience to our board and our alliance will benefit tremendously from their longstanding dedication to research for health.”

A double UM alumnus who was appointed dean of the Graduate School in 2016, Prado has focused most of his career on preventing drug use, unsafe sexual behavior, inactivity, poor diet, and other behaviors associated with adolescent morbidity and mortality, particularly in Hispanic youth.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has continuously funded his research on Hispanic adolescent health since the first year of his doctoral program in epidemiology and public health, which he completed in 2005, after earning his Master of Science in statistics in 2000.

Since earning his Ph.D., he has been a principal investigator (PI) Co-PI, or senior mentor of approximately $80 million in HIV, substance abuse, and obesity prevention studies funded by the NIH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

He is currently the PI of two NIH-funded research grants—one in drug abuse and HIV prevention and the second in obesity prevention—and he has been recognized by numerous organizations for his research, mentoring and training of early career scientists.

“We are incredibly proud of Dr. Prado being elected to the Board of Directors of Research America as it is a reflection not only of his exemplary leadership in advocating for the role that basic and translational research plays in our country, but also the University of Miami’s stature,” said Jeffrey Duerk,  executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “Willy has been a creative and passionate leader of our Graduate School and I am thrilled to see he will have the opportunity to share his talents on the national stage.”

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