The Role of the Board of Trustees

Doris Daughney | BT天堂 Board Chair and Executive Committee

Doris Daughney

Toronto, Canada and Paris, France

Current Roles

Trustee since 2012

Vice Chair | The Arts Arena Paris

Former roles

Director | RONA Inc.

Chairman & CEO |听BC Pavilion Corporation

Board Member | Saxon Financial; Industrial Alliance Insurance

Chair of the Board | The Vancouver Opera Association

Chair & Board Member | The Vancouver Stock听Exchange; The Children鈥檚 Arts Umbrella


Wilfred Laurier University | BA

University of Toronto | MA

Achim Kl眉ber 鈥77 | BT天堂 Board Vice Chair & Executive Committee

Achim Kl眉ber

Bad Hamburg vor der H枚he, Germany

Current Roles

Trustee since 2014

Investor/Independent Director/Senior Advisor | Capitalmind

Former roles

Managing Director/Executive Director | Europe Arab Bank

Head of Corporate & Transaction Banking Europe | BNP Paribas

Managing Director | The Royal Bank of Scotland; Deutsche Bank


The American University of Paris | BA, 1977

Albert Ludwig Universitat, Freiburg Germany | MA, 1981

Barbara Reno | BT天堂 Board Secretary & Executive Committee

Barbara Reno

Jupiter, Florida & New York City, New York

Current Roles

Trustee since 2014

Former roles

Managing Executive | Chief Executives Organization; The Conference Board Europe

Senior Vice President/VP | Simon & Schuster; Merrill Lynch; Chase Manhattan

Legislative Aide & Press Secretary | US CongressResearch Analyst | The Pentagon; The University of Texas at Arlington

Instructor, Political Science | Angelo State University

Chair of the Board & Board Member | FWA of New York & FWA Foundation

Board Member | Overseas Education Fund; BENS


Baylor University | BA, 1968; MA, 1971

Columbia Business School | MBA, 1988

Financial Times | NED Diploma, 2014

John E. Klein | BT天堂 Board Treasurer & Executive Committee

John E. Klein

Washington, DC

Current roles

Trustee since 2016

Former roles

President | Randolph College

Executive Vice Chancellor | Washington University in St. Louis

President & Chief Executive Officer | Bunge North America

Director | Energizer Holdings


Princeton University | BA, 1967

University of Michigan Law School | JD, 1971

Richard G. Asthalter | BT天堂 Executive Committee

Richard G. Asthalter

Bradford, New Hampshire & Paris, France

Current Roles

Trustee since 2009

Senior Counsel | Sullivan & Cromwell

Secretary & Board Member | The American Hospital of Paris

Former roles

President & Board Member | American Chamber of Commerce in France

Avocat Honoraire | Barreau de Paris

Chevalier de la L茅gion d鈥橦onneur


Yale University | BA, 1968

University of Oxford | M Litt, 1968

Yale Law School | JD, 1971

Martin Avidan '80

Greenwich, Connecticut

Current roles

Trustee since 2021

Managing Director | NATIXIS (Groupe BPCE)

Committee member | NATIXIS Americas Retirement Committee

Former roles

Portfolio Manager/Director of Liability Management | CGA Investment Management

Branch Manager/ Senior Corporate Banker | Credit Lyonnais

FX Trader/Credit Department Manager | CITIBANK

Secretary & Board member | BT天堂 Foundation


Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University | MBA, 1981

The American University of Paris | BA, 1980

University of California at Los Angeles | 1975-1978

Chartered Financial Analyst

Euan Baird

Euan Baird

Paris, France & New York, New York

Current Roles

Trustee since 2015

Former roles

Chairman, President & CEO | Schlumberger

Non-Executive Chairman & Director | Rolls Royce Holdings

Director | Soci茅t茅 G茅nerale

Trustee | Carnegie Institution for Science; The American University of Cairo


Cambridge University | MA, 1960

Heriot-Watt University | DSc, 1999

Elizabeth Ballantine

Elizabeth Ballantine

McLean, Virginia

Current roles

Trustee since 2010 (BT天堂 Board Vice Chair, 2017-2020)

Independent Director | Principal Financial Group & Principal Mutual Funds

Board Member | Yale University Art Gallery

Former roles

Adjunct Professor | The George Washington University

Board Member | Association of Governing Boards of Colleges & Universities

Chair of the Board & Trustee Emeritus | Grinnell College

Chair of the Board & Trustee | National Cathedral School


Sorbonne / University of Paris |Dipl么me d鈥櫭﹖udes de la civilisation fran莽aise, 1967

Yale University | BA, 1971; MSL, 1981; PhD, 1986

The American University, Washington DC | JD, 1989

Andrew Batinovich '80

Dallas, Texas

Current roles

Trustee since 2007

Director | Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (NYSE:SHO)

Senior Advisor | Almanac Realty Investors

Senior Director | PREP Property Holdings; L3 Capital

Former roles

President & CEO | Glenborough LLC

President & CEO | Glenborough Realty Trust (NYSE:GLB)


The American University of Paris | BA, 1980

Garth W. Bray

Paris, France


Trustee since 2023

Partner | Sullivan & Cromwell

Board Member | Orianne Society

Former roles

Managing Partner | Sullivan & Cromwell, Tokyo

Managing Partner | Sullivan & Cromwell, Beijing


Northeastern University School of Law | JD, 1993

McGill University | BA, 1987

Elliott Burdette 鈥70

Elliott Burdette

Dallas, Texas

Current roles

Trustee since 2015

Partner | Glast Phillips & Murray

Former roles

Managing Partner | Burdette & Rice

Partner | Capelle & Burdette


The University of Texas at Austin | BA, 1974

The American University of Paris | 1970

Southern Methodist University School of Law | JD, 1981

Melanie Cissone '80

Meredith, New Hampshire

Current roles

Trustee since 2021

Freelance Writer

Owner and CEO | YTTM

Partner | JSR Capital, Inc.

Board Member | Friends of Grayton; Deer Lake State Parks

Former roles

Senior Vice President | Target Capital Management

Board Member | Cultural Arts Alliance; 34557 Corporation

Treasurer & Board Member | Redfish Lane Association

Co-Organizer, North American Alumni Association | The American College in Paris


The American University of Paris | 1980

Temple University | BA, 1983

Margaret Conklin

New York, New York

Current roles

Trustee since 2021

President & Board Member | American Friends of the National Portrait Gallery

Executive Committee & Board Member | Mark Morris Dance Group; French American Cultural Exchange

Advisory Board Member | Center for Public Research and Leadership, Columbia Law School

Former roles

Immigration Lawyer | pro bono, The Legal Aid Society

Managing Director | JP Morgan

Associate | Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton

Board of Visitors | Columbia College

Alumna Trustee | School Year Abroad


Wellesley College | BA, 1979

Harvard Law School | JD cum laude, 1985

Sandra Craig | BT天堂 Parent Class of 1996

Sandra Craig

Green Cove Springs, Florida & Paris, France

Current Roles

Trustee since 2009

Board Trustee | Photography Collections Preservation Project

Board Member | Aquidneck Land Trust; St. Stephen's School, Rome

Former roles

Attorney | Consolidated Edison of New York

Trustee Emerita | Newport Art Museum


Manhattanville College | BA, 1971

St. John鈥檚 University School of Law | JD, 1975

Krystian Czerniecki

Bad Homburg vor der H枚he, Germany

Current roles

Trustee since 2020

Partner | Sullivan & Cromwell

Who鈥檚 Who Legal | Chambers Europe & Chambers Global

IFLR 1000 | Ranking


University of Toronto | BA, 1983

Cornell University | PhD, 1990

Columbia Law School | JD, 1995

Christina de Labouchere 鈥86

Christina de Labouchere

Lauenen, Switzerland

Current Roles

Trustee since 2014

Co-Founder | Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Geneva

Co-Founder & Board Member |听Fondation pour Gen猫ve

Board Member | The Klosters Forum

Former roles

Representative | Salzburg Festival, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Reporter | Centre de Presse Monaco


The American University of Paris | BA, 1986

International University of Monaco | MBA, 1995

Raymond F. Henze III | BT天堂 Parent Class of 2010

Raymond F. Henze III

Greenwich, Connecticut

Current roles

Trustee since 2007 (BT天堂 Board Chairman 2014-2020)

Former roles

Chairman | Global Private Equity & Real Estate, Trust Company of the West

President | Pacific Holding Corporation; Flexi-Van Corporation

Chairman of the Board & Trustee Emeritus | Williams College


Williams College | BA, 1974

Williams College | Honorary Doctor of Laws

Lee Huebner

Lee Huebner

Washington, DC & Paris, France

Current Roles

Trustee since 1984

Airlie Professor of Media & Public Affairs | The George Washington University

Chair of the Board | Le Centre pour les 脡tudes de Communications Internationales (CECI)

Former roles

CEO | International Herald Tribune

President, 1995-1997 | The American University of Paris

Chevalier de la Legion d鈥橦onneur


Northwestern University | BA, 1962

Harvard University | MA, 1963; PhD, 1968

Giles Kemp

Giles Kemp

Ass茅-le-Boisne, France

Current roles

Trustee since 2015

Board Member | Thrive Networks; Occidental College; Phillips Exeter Academy

Co-Sponsor of SEEDS | an educational philanthropy program in Central Vietnam aiding 2,300 high school and college students

Former roles

Founder & President | Home Decorators Collection / Home Depot Direct

Chair of the Board & Manager | Swarthmore College


Swarthmore College | BA, 1972

Harvard Business School | MBA, 1976

Carol Sutton Lewis

New York City


Trustee since 2023

Host | Ground Control Parenting

Co-host | Lost Women of Science Podcast

Vice Chair | Studio Museum in Harlem

Board Member | Stanford Law School; Common Sense Media Education Advisory Board


Board Member | University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences; Collegiate School for Boys in New York City; Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation; Harlem School of the Arts


Stanford Law School | JD, 1983

University of Pennsylvania | BA, 1980

Silver Miller '68

Fort Worth, Texas

Current roles

Trustee since 2021

Corporate Consultant-Mining | SRK Mineral Industry Services

Former roles

President/VP | Lawrence Behr Wireless Communications; iPass

Senior Director | Nextel Communications

VP Technology | Wired Business

VP Business Development | One, Inc. Systems Integration

Principal/Director | Incepta; PrimeCo PCS (Verizon); US West

Faculty Lecturer & Consultant | Colorado School of Mines


Colorado School of Mines | PhD, 1989

Technische Universit盲t Berlin | Diplom-Ingenieur, Bergbau 1982

The American University of Paris | 1966-1968

Jane Ross

Jane Ross

New York, New York

Current roles

Trustee since 2010

International Educational Consultant

President | French Heritage Language Program

Vice Chair | Center for the Advancement of Languages, Education & Communities

Board Member | FACE Foundation; Interschool Orchestras of New York; Pianofest; School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences

Former roles

Professor of English & History | Lyc茅e Fran莽ais NY

Associate Professor of English | Long Island University

Chevalier de la L茅gion d鈥橦onneur

Chevalier de l鈥橭rdre des Palmes Acad茅miques


Swarthmore College | BA, 1973

Hunter College | MA, 1980

New York University | PhD, 2018

Jacqueline Routier '94

Berlin, Germany听

Current roles

Trustee since 2020

Marketing Lead, Europe Middle East Africa (EMEA)听| Facebook Germany

Former roles

Marketing & Communications Director | CytoSorbents Europe

Brand Strategist & Manager | Etsy Germany

Marketing Manager | German Red Cross; alfabet AG; The Coca-Cola Company

Conference Producer | Institute for International Research, London


The American University of Paris | BA, 1994

European University, Munich | MBA, 1999

Philippe Tartavull

Philippe Tartavull

Malibu, California

Current roles

Trustee since 2018

Former roles

President & CEO | Xura, Inc; Hypercom Corporation; Oberthur Card Systems


脡cole Nationale Sup茅rieure de P茅troles et des Mateurs | MS, 1982

Sorbonne / Institut d鈥橝dministration des Entreprises | MBA, 1988

UCLA Anderson School of Management | Executive Program, 1993

The University鈥檚 Board of Trustees听sets policy and direction, and performs the crucial governance function of oversight.听The Board exercises fiduciary responsibility for BT天堂 and sets the course for the University鈥檚 long-term development. It exercises oversight over budget and finance;听the University鈥檚 buildings and grounds and its investments;听academic rigor and annual program- and unit-level assessment;听accreditation;听admissions;听and advancement. The听members of the Board gather in France three times a year to discuss matters of long-term planning and university finances. The Board regularly engages the university community through its standing committees,听and the alumni community through participation at annual and special events. The Board plays a central role in fundraising, spearheading advancement, and supporting the president.听Feel free to听contact the Board听for more information.

Trustees Emeriti

Jacques Setton '66
BT天堂 Board Service 1977 鈥 2001

Judith Hermanson Ogilvie听'65
BT天堂 Board Service 1999 鈥 2014

Didier Pineau-Valencienne
BT天堂 Board Service 1983 鈥 2003

Lizbeth Schiff听'66
BT天堂 Board Service 1986 鈥 2010

Rita Fredricks听Salzman
BT天堂 Board Service 1993 鈥 2014

Paul Slawson
BT天堂 Board Service 1994 鈥 2010

Gretchen Handwerger
BT天堂 Board Service 1995 鈥 2014

Jean Goebel Rather
BT天堂 Board Service 1996 鈥 2001

Mel Croner
BT天堂 Board Service 1996 鈥 2004

Willem Peppler
BT天堂 Board Service 1996 鈥 2000

H茅l猫ne Ploix
BT天堂 Board Service 1996 鈥 2002

Corinne Mentzelopoulos
BT天堂 Board Service 2009 鈥 2021

Hon. Craig Stapleton
BT天堂 Board Service 1998 鈥 2002

John Mullins
BT天堂 Board Service 1965 鈥 2001

In Memoriam

Burton D. Reinfrank, Jr.听(1922 鈥 2016)
BT天堂 Board Service 1962 鈥 1985

Olivier Giscard d鈥橢staing听(1927 鈥 2021)
BT天堂 Board Service 1971 鈥 2001

Hon. Arthur Hartman听(1926 鈥 2015)
BT天堂 Board Service 1979 鈥 2001

Joseph Iseman听(1916 鈥 2006)
BT天堂 Board Service 1988 鈥 2001

Flora Lewis听(1922 鈥 2002)
BT天堂 Board Service 1996 鈥 2001

George Thiel
BT天堂 Board Service 1998 鈥 2002

David McGovern听(1928 鈥 2020)
BT天堂 Board Service 1980 鈥 2020


Statement by the Board of Trustees, Adopted July 17, 2020

The Board of Trustees of The American University of Paris (BT天堂) is committed to building and sustaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive community.听

Our distinctive strength is in our multinational student body, representing more than 100听 nationalities and speaking more than 60 languages. With a strong and ongoing commitment to racial diversity, equity and inclusion, we will develop braver explorers, deeper thinkers, greater innovators, stronger communicators, and more compassionate collaborators.

We acknowledge that this objective requires a concentrated effort by all听鈥 the faculty, the administration and the board, in behalf of all students 鈥 to assure implementation of a broad range of ongoing initiatives and actions that impact campus climate; faculty, student and board recruitment; curriculum content; and student life.

This will foster an environment in which BT天堂 students develop the skills to be empathetic and courageous global citizens who are well equipped to advocate for a more just world.

In particular, we challenge ourselves to assure a dynamic environment in which people of all colors, backgrounds and perspectives learn together and from each other. As BT天堂 educates current and future students, we believe they should be free to learn and develop in the absence of overt or subtle racism.

BT天堂鈥檚 nearly 60-year history is rooted in the core value of social justice. We honor these roots and, accordingly, align our actions, values and mission to ensure a better future for us all.