Stanford Historical Society Elected New Board Members
The past few months have certainly tested the resilience and flexibility of the Stanford community. The Stanford Historical Society (SHS) held its first ever electronic election due to COVID-19 and the subsequent Santa Clara County shelter-in-place protocol. SHS members enthusiastically elected four new members to the Historical Society’s Board of Directors in May.
All of the new board members are current Stanford staff members: Isabel Alvarez-Valdez, Director of Business Expense, Travel, and Payment Services; Nate Boswell, ’99 and MS ’09, Special Assistant to the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs; Jeannie Crumly Cole, Marketing Communications Manager at the Graduate School of Education; and Pat Lopes Harris, Communications Director for the Vice Provost for Student Affairs.
According to Marie Earl, ’78 and MLA ’98, recently retired SHS vice president and co-chair of the Governance Committee that oversaw board recruitment and the election process, “This incoming group of board members brings considerable expertise in financial management, student and digital engagement, marketing, and communications. These newest board members will be able to immediately contribute to the organization’s ambitions in each of these areas.”
The new board members started their three-year terms on July 1 and are eligible to serve another three years after completing the first term. In addition to serving on the Historical Society board with 18 current directors, they will also serve on at least one of the eight Historical Society committees that direct much of the work of the organization.
SHS president Rick Yuen noted, “The Historical Society has been fortunate to benefit from the contribution of exemplary board members since its founding in 1976.”