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Five elected as Overseers

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Will serve 6-year terms on key University board

Harvard University today announced the results of the annual election of new members to the Board of Overseers.

The five newly elected Overseers are:

Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Evanston, Ill.
A.B. ’74, Harvard; Ph.D. ’81, University of Michigan
Associate provost for faculty and Frances Willard Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University

Helena Buonanno Foulkes, Providence, R.I.
A.B. ’86, Harvard; M.B.A. ’92, Harvard
President, CVS/pharmacy; executive vice president, CVS Health

Ketanji Brown Jackson, Washington, D.C.
A.B. ’92, Harvard; J.D. ’96, Harvard
Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Alejandro Ramírez Magaña, Mexico City, Mexico
A.B. ’94, Harvard; M.Sc. ’95, University of Oxford; M.B.A. ’01, Harvard
Chief executive officer, Cinépolis

Kent Walker, Palo Alto, Calif.
A.B. ’83, Harvard; J.D. ’87, Stanford University
Senior vice president and general counsel, Google Inc.

The new Overseers were elected for six-year terms. There were 13 candidates in this year’s election, eight nominated by a committee of the Harvard Alumni Association as prescribed by the election rules, and five nominated by certificates from Harvard degree holders. Degree holders cast 35,870 ballots in the election.

The primary function of the Board of Overseers is to encourage the University to maintain the highest attainable standards as a place of learning.

Drawing on the diverse experience and expertise of its members, the board exerts broad influence over the University’s strategic direction, provides essential counsel to the University’s leadership on priorities and plans, has the power of consent to certain actions such as the election of members of the Harvard Corporation, and directs the visitation process by which a broad array of Harvard Schools and departments are periodically reviewed.