Mark E. Newell, '77
Professional Association: Vice Chairman (Retired) of Latham and Watkins LLP.
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Albion College, 1977. Doctor of Jurisprudence, Harvard Law School, 1981. Master in Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1981.
Mark Newell received his A.B. degree from Albion College in 1977, majoring in Economics and Political Science. He graduated summa cum laude with honors in Political Science and was an Albion Fellow and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1981, where he graduated magna cum laude and served as an editor and as Treasurer of the Harvard Law Review. He also received a Master of Public Policy degree in 1981 from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Following graduate school, Mr. Newell served as a law clerk to Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1981-82) and to Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., of the United States Supreme Court (1982-83).
From 1983 to 2011, Mr. Newell worked as an attorney at Latham and Watkins LLP, a full-service international law firm with more than 2,000 attorneys in more than 30 offices in 14 coun-tries. He became a partner in 1989. Mr. Newell's practice centered on complex business litigation, with a particular focus on insurance coverage, tort, environmental, and appellate matters. He represented Ford Motor Company, Siemens Corporation, 3M Company and other major companies in litigation matters. Mr. Newell spent much of his career at Latham & Watkins in leadership roles. He was Managing Partner of the firm’s Washington D.C. office from 1993-2000; he served on the firm’s Executive Committee from 1999-2011; and he was the firm’s Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Partner from 2002-2011. He retired at the end of 2011.
Mr. Newell has served on the Albion College Board of Trustees since 2008. He previously served as Chair of the Board’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee, and now chairs the En-rollment and Marketing Committee. In addition, in 2013 he served as Chair of the Presidential Search Committee that conducted the search process that culminated in the selection of Dr. Mau-ri A. Ditzler as the 16th President of Albion College. Mr. Newell also currently serves on the Ex-ecutive Committee of the United States Golf Association, where he is a member of several com-mittees and currently serves as Chair of the Rules of Golf Committee.
Mr. Newell serves as an Albion College Trustee because…
of his deep gratitude for the challenging, intellectually rigorous education he received at Albion from its brilliant and dedicated faculty. He is the third member of his family to attend Albion College, following his mother Janet Albaugh Newell (’53) and his sister Nancy Newell (’75).
Jeffrey C. Petherick, '85
Professional Association: VFounder, Partner, Portfolio Manager, Northpointe Capital.
Education: Albion College, 1985. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, MBA, 1989. Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), 1990.
In addition to his success with Northpointe Capital, Mr. Petherick serves as Board President, Impact India 360, a non-profit dedicated to sustaining an orphanage/hospital/missionary school in Eastern India, is a Founding Partner of Impact T3, and group committed to investing in social enterprises in the cities of Detroit and Pontiac, and sits on the board of two private companies, BlackLight Power and History Spots, Inc. In addition, Jeff is active in his local church, Kensing-ton Community Church in Troy, Michigan.
Mr. Petherick’s Albion College involvement included PBK, ODK/Mortar Board, Sigma Chi, a member of the Gerstacker Visiting Committee, and he is the current Investment Committee Chair for the Albion College Endowment.
Mr. Petherick and his wife, Gina Marie Petherick have a son, Chad (’10 Albion Alumni) and daughter, Kira. They live in Shelby Township.
Mr. Petherick serves as an Albion College Trustee because…
of his appreciation for the strong foundation Albion laid for him to live a fruitful and impactful life after college. As is common for Albion Alumni, Mr. Petherick believes the intrinsic “value” of his Albion College education has only increased with time and he is grateful to play a small part in ensuring this will be case in the coming decades.
Donald W. Strite, '14
Professional Association: Assurance Staff member at Ernst and Young.
Education: B.A. Degree, Albion College 2014.
Don Strite graduated from Albion College in 2014 with a degree in Economics and Management with Emphasis in Accounting.
In addition to serving as assurance staff member, Don is studying to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), training for Triathlons and Half/Full Marathons.
Don currently lives in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Mr. Strite serves as an Albion College Trustee because…
he found a true passion for the college after attending 4 years and creating lasting relationships with faculty and students through both academic endeavors and extracurricular activities at Albion. After taking advantage of several opportunities the college offers, Don wants to bring awareness throughout the schools to encourage students to do the same and show them the success that can come from doing so. On a larger scale, he hopes to help the college reach its full academic potential by becoming one of the most competitive liberal arts colleges in the Midwest.
James M. Wilson, '77
Professional Association: Director of the Gene Therapy Program, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine; Professor, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Education: Albion College, 1977. M.D and Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1984.
Following a residency in Internal Medicine at the Harvard affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT, he returned to the University of Michigan where he took his first faculty position beginning his studies in gene therapy.
Dr. James M. Wilson is the Professor and Director of the Gene Therapy Program in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Nineteen years ago, he moved his laboratory and family to Philadelphia and joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests are gene therapy, genetic diseases, virology and vaccines for infectious diseases. A primary focus of his research has been the study of cystic fibrosis and development of new treatments based on gene therapy. Dr. Wilson has published over 497 papers and chapters in books and is on the editorial board of 12 scientific journals, serving as Editor-in-Chief of Human Gene Therapy. He is the former president of the American Society of Gene Therapy and former trustee of Albion College and the Franklin Institute. Dr. Wilson is a scientific founder of REGENX BioSciences and is a consultant to REGENX Holdings, a founding member of REGENX BioSciences.