University Announces Four New Members of Board of Trustees

Four new members will join Boston College’s Board of Trustees beginning this fall, according to a University press release. Nicholas Burns, BC ’78, Hon. ’02; Jonathan Rather, BC ’82; Kendall Reid, BC ’79, Hon. ’18; and Kevin Smart, BC ’99, will be the newest members of the board, which will convene on Sept. 28.

Burns is a professor of diplomacy and international relations at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a faculty associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, according to the release. He has served as under secretary of State for political affairs, U.S. ambassador to NATO, ambassador to Greece, and a spokesman for the State Department. He has also served on the White House National Security Council and worked in Israel and Egypt for the department, serving on the Foreign Affairs Policy Board for Secretary of State John Kerry, BC Law ’76. His awards include 15 honorary degrees, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, and the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award.

Rather has worked since 1999 as a general partner and member of the Management Committee and Investment Committee at Welsh, Carson, Anderson, and Stowe, a private equity firm that manages $22 billion, according to the release. He spent 14 years with the Goelet Investment Office, where he served as the office’s chief operating officer and chief financial officer. He is involved in numerous charitable organizations, including Domus, a charity that assists more than 1,100 underprivileged kids and their families, according to the release.

Reid is an award-winning documentary producer who has worked at CBS News and HBO Sports. She has held membership in New York Women in Film & Television, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Minorities in Cable, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and Women in Sports and Events, according to the release. She is best known for her Peabody Award-winning documentaries Journey of the African American Athlete and Dare to Compete, the Struggle of Women in Sports.

Smart is a managing director at J.P. Morgan Chase, where he has worked for 19 years. He covers hedge funds, asset managers, family offices, and high net worth individuals. He was a part of the committee that created the Black Leadership Forum at J.P. Morgan Chase and supports the company’s efforts in regards to recruiting at historically black colleges and universities. Smart also serves in multiple capacities at BC, including holding seats on the Wall Street Council, the Alumni Advisory Council Executive Committee, and the Board of Regents.

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