When Dr. Jared Cohon, the outgoing president of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), set up an appointment to talk with me in May, I assumed that we were going to discuss some of the details regarding my duties as Master of Ceremonies for the June 15th CMU Inspire Innovation Gala in Pittsburgh, PA.
I quickly realized that this conversation was about something bigger and much more personal to me. Dr. Cohon stunned me with the invitation to join the Leadership of Carnegie Mellon University as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Fully aware that there is a Silicon Valley Manu Narayan who, unfortunately for me, has most combinations of the name as his email and other usernames, I asked Dr. Cohon if he was sure that he was asking the right guy. He assured me that this Manu Narayan is whom they wanted: the actor/musician. I was beside myself – thrilled and at the same time stunned. But it was an easy decision, I heartily accepted!
On July 1, 2013, I began my three year term on the Carnegie Mellon University Board of Trustees as a Young Alumni Term Trustee, joining new president Subra Suresh and the distinguished members of the Board (listed below). As an alumnus of the College of Fine Arts, School of Music, with a double degree in Vocal Performance and Saxophone Performance, and as a performing arts professional, hopefully I bring a unique perspective to the University that has given me much.
ABOUT CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY:
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a global research university with more than 12,000 students, 92,000 alumni, and 5,000 faculty and staff.
CMU has been a birthplace of innovation throughout its 113-year history.
Today, CMU is a global leader bringing groundbreaking ideas to market and creating successful startup businesses.
Their award-winning faculty members are renowned for working closely with students to solve major scientiﬁc, technological and societal challenges. They put a strong emphasis on creating things—from art to robots. Their students are recruited by some of the world’s most innovative companies.
CMU has campuses in Pittsburgh, Qatar and Silicon Valley, and degree-granting programs around the world, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America.
- In 2012, Times Higher Education of London ranked CMU No. 22 in the world, and No. 15 among U.S. universities.
- In a 2010 Wall Street Journal poll, job recruiters looking for new hires ranked CMU No. 1 in computer science, No. 4 in finance and No. 7 in business. CMU ranked 10 overall.
- Nearly 35 percent of CMU’s students are from 115 countries outside the US, giving the university one of the 10 most international student bodies, by percentage, among four-year U.S. institutions.
- CMU has ranked No. 1 among all US universities without a medical school in the number of startup companies created per research dollar spent since 2007. Find out more: CMU’s Entrepreneurial ecosystem, helping to create startup companies– Greenlighting Startups
- In the past 15 years, CMU faculty, students and alumni have created more than 300 companies and 9,000 jobs.
- CMU is a world leader in robotics. CMU’s autonomous vehicle, Boss, earned the $2M prize for winning the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. Now, CMU researchers are developing a flying car, and working to land and operate a robot on the moon through Google’s Lunar X Mission—a project that combines technology and art.
- CMU attracts award-winning talent. Current and former faculty and alumni are winning top awards in art, science and technology.
- With 100 percent of CMU’s electricity coming from green power sources, the university ranked as a green power leader by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Currently in the final stages, the university’s “Inspire Innovation” campaign has already reached its $1 billion goal.
CMU consists of seven schools and colleges: Carnegie Institute of Technology, College of Fine Arts, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Heinz College, Mellon College of Science, School of Computer Science and the Tepper School of Business.
Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University
Officers of the Board
Raymond J. Lane, Chairman
E. Kears Pollock, Vice Chairman
James E. Rohr, Vice Chairman
Subra Suresh, President
Mark S. Kamlet, Provost and Executive Vice President
Jay Calhoun, Treasurer
Mary Jo Dively, Vice President and General Counsel
Cheryl M. Hays, Secretary
Charles A. Kennedy, Chief Investment Officer
Karen T. Khan, Assistant Secretary
Robbee Baker Kosak, Vice President for University Advancement
Elizabeth Milavec, Assistant Treasurer
Michael Murphy, Vice President for Campus Affairs
Amir Rahnamay-Azar, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer
2013-2014 Board of Trustees – Ex Officio Trustees
Subra Suresh, President
Darlene M. Harris, President, Pittsburgh City Council
Roberta Klatzky, Chair, Faculty Senate, Carnegie Mellon University
Steven Price, President, Andrew Carnegie Society
Luke Ravenstahl, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh
Antoinette Ungaretti, President, Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association
2013-2014 Board of Trustees – Life Trustees
John R. Bertucci, Chairman, MKS Instruments, Inc.
Frank Brunckhorst, Boar’s Head Provisions Co., Inc.
Erroll B. Davis, Jr., Interim Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools
Linda A. Dickerson, Principal, 501(c)(3)2
Philip L. Dowd, Sherick Enterprises, LLC
Howard Ellin, Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom
Edward H. Frank, Vice President, Apple, Inc.
Yoshiaki Fujimori, President and CEO, LIXIL Group Corporation
Ira J. Gumberg, President and CEO, J.J. Gumberg Co.
Teresa L. Heinz, Chairman, Heinz Family Philanthropies
Torrence M. Hunt, Jr.
Tod S. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, The NPD Group, Inc.
Raymond J. Lane, Partner Emeritus, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Bruce McWilliams, CEO and President, SuVolta
Ambar Paul, Director, Caparo Group Limited
E. Kears Pollock, Retired Executive Vice President, PPG Industries, Inc.
James E. Rohr, Executive Chairman, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Jonathan Rothberg, Founder and Chairman, Raindance Technologies and Ion Torrent Systems
David S. Shapira, Executive Chairman, Board of Directors, Giant Eagle, Inc.
J. Lea Hillman Simonds
Manoj Singh, Chief Operating Officer, Deloitte
James C. Stalder
Donald E. Stitzenberg, Principal, CBA Associates
David Tepper, President and Founder, Appaloosa Management
Mary Ann Ulishney, Vice President and Wealth Specialist, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Sunil Wadhwani, Chairman and Co-founder, iGATE Corporation
Paula Kauffman Wagner, Producer/Owner, Chestnut Ridge Productions
2013-2014 Board of Trustees – Term Trustees
Joel Adams, General Partner, Adams Capital Management, Inc.
Kushagra Bajaj, Vice Chairman, Bajaj Group
Luis Ball, President, Allegheny Medical Systems LLC
Ronald Bianchini, Co-founder, President and CEO, Avere Systems
Aristides Candris, Senior Consultant, Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
David Coulter, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Warburg Pincus LLC
Jeanne Cunicelli, Partner, Bay City Capital
Francisco D’Souza, President and CEO, Cognizant Technology Solutions
Evan Frazier, Senior Vice President, Community Affairs, Highmark, Inc.
Dirk Gates, Chief Executive Officer, Xirrus, Inc.
James Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment
Eric Giler, Chief Executive Officer, WiTricity Corporation
Edward Grefenstette, Chief Investment Officer, Dietrich Charitable Trusts
Roy Haley, Retired Chairman of the Board, WESCO International, Inc.
Oscar Harris, CEO and Founder, Turner Associates
Jeffrey Housenbold, President and CEO, Shutterfly
Larry Jennings, Jr., Senior Managing Director, ValStone Partners, LLC
Erren Lester, Director, Product Management, The Advisory Board Company
Candace Matthews, Chief Marketing Officer, Amway Corporation
David McCormick, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Bridgewater Associates
Michael McQuade, Senior Vice President for Science and Technology, United Technologies Corporation
William L. Meaney, Chief Executive Officer, Iron Mountain
Anne M. Molloy, Executive Director, Posner Fine Arts Foundation
Manu Narayan, Performance Artist
David Porges, Chairman, President and CEO, EQT Corporation
Roy J. Shanker, Consultant
Ajit Shetty, Retired Chairman of the Board, Janssen Pharmaceutica
Luke Skurman, CEO and Founder, College Prowler, Inc.
Lip-Bu Tan, Chairman, Walden International; CEO, Cadence Design Systems
Rohet Tolani, Managing Director, Tolani Shipping (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
Thomas Tull, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Legendary Pictures
Carol A. Williams, Executive Vice President, Manufacturing and Engineering, The Dow Chemical Company
2013-2014 Board of Trustees – Emeritus Life Trustees
Paul A. Allaire, Former Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation
Arthur H. Aronson, Retired Executive Vice President, Allegheny Teledyne
Carol R. Brown, Former President, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Robert M. Brown, III, President, B-III Capital LLC
Frank V. Cahouet, Retired Chairman and CEO, BNY Mellon
Lucian Caste, Retired Owner, Lucian Caste Architects & Engineers
Douglas D. Danforth, Retired Chairman and CEO, Westinghouse Electric Corporation
W. Logan Dickerson, President, Lindwood Farm, Inc. & Protos Foods, Inc.
Edward Donley, Former Chairman, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
William B. Ellis, Retired Chairman and CEO, Northeast Utilities
Cynthia Friedman, Co-owner, Union Real Estate Company of Pittsburgh
Henry J. Gailliot
Claire W. Gargalli
William Goldsmith, Chairman of the Board, Nucon Energy Group
Richard D. Hamilton, Retired Director of Product Supply, Procter and Gamble
Wilton A. Hawkins
Orion Hoch, Chairman Emeritus, Litton Industries
T. Jerome Holleran, Chairman, Precision Medical Products, Inc.
W. Lee Hoskins, Retired Chairman and CEO, The Huntington National Bank
Justin M. Johnson, Retired Judge, Superior Court of Pennsylvania
Patricia Askwith Kenner, President, Campus Coach Lines
David M. Kirr, Partner, Kirr, Marbach & Company
Hans W. Lange
Edward E. Lucente
Thomas A. McConomy, Retired Chairman of the Board, Calgon Carbon Corporation
Jack E. McGrath, Retired Senior Vice President, Booz & Company
Regina Gouger Miller, Owner/Artist, Ginger and Spice; Regina Gouger Miller Studio
Lindsay J. Morgenthaler
Alessandro Ovi, President, TechRev srl
Norman F. Parker, Retired President, Varian Associates
Charles J. Queenan, Jr., Retired Senior Counsel, K&L Gates LLP
John G. Rangos, John G. Rangos, Sr. Charitable Foundation
David M. Roderick, Former Chairman and CEO, United States Steel Corporation
Vincent A. Sarni, Retired Chairman and CEO, PPG Industries, Inc.
Joyce Bowie Scott, J. Bowie Scott Studio
Raymond Smith, Chairman, Rothschild Continuation Investments
William P. Snyder, III, President and Chairman, The Wilpen Group, Inc.
W. Lowell Steinbrenner, Retired Chairman, Contours, Ltd.
James M. Walton, President Emeritus, Carnegie Institute
Konrad M. Weis, Former President and CEO, Bayer Corporation