Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

UWC-USA is governed by its Board of Trustees.

UWC-USA is governed by its Board of Trustees. The Board provides general governance for the school, including collaboration with administration on strategic planning; oversight of the three pillars of UWC programming, academic, experiential, residential; reviewing and approving school budgets, and aiding in the school’s work to advance philanthropic goals. 

Board members are alumni, parents of alumni, and international leaders and bring their broad experience in finance, governance, and education to the strategic management of the school. Read brief biographies of our board members below.

"How can there be peace without people understanding each other; and how can this be if they don’t know each other?"

— Lester B. Pearson, former Canadian Prime Minister and UWC supporter

Ben Jones

AC’91

Ben Jones AC’91 of Chicago, Ill., is a professor at Kellogg School of Management. His research considers obstacles to growth in developing countries, including subjects such as national leadership, higher education, and climate change. Ben also studies technological progress in advanced economies, including the link between age and creativity, and the role of collaboration in innovation. His research has appeared in leading academic journals, including Science, and has been profiled in media outlets such as the Economist, The New Yorker, and the Wall Street Journal. A former Rhodes Scholar, Ben has served in the U.S. Department of the Treasury and as senior economist for macroeconomics for the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton, master’s in philosophy from Oxford, and doctorate from MIT.

 

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Bill Banowsky

Bill Banowsky of Austin, Texas, is a cinema operator, film producer, and real estate developer. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and a law degree from SMU School of Law. Bill practiced law for 10 years before joining the radio and television broadcasting industry in 1996, where he served as general counsel of three publicly traded media companies. He founded Magnolia Pictures in 2001, served as cheif operating officer of Landmark Theatres from 2003-2007, and founded Carolina Cinemas in 2008 and Violet Crown Cinemas in 2011. Bill served on the board of directors of publicly traded LIN Media company from 2004 through 2014, during which time he served as chairman of the corporate governance committee.

 

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Geeta Anand

Geeta Anand has been a journalist for 27 years, serving during the past decade as a foreign correspondent in India for The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. She has won a Pulitzer Prize for writing about corporate corruption and authored a book, The Cure, made into the Harrison Ford movie Extraordinary Measures. She is currently a journalism professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Her daughter Aleka Kroitzsh graduated in 2018 from UWC-USA.

 

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Jonathan Schneider

Jon Schneider of Santa Fe, N.M., is a private investor focused on early stage energy and healthcare companies. He is also a visiting scholar at Northwestern University. Jon’s past positions include co-founder of the Solar Fuels Institute; principal/partner at Noribachi, an alternative technology firm based in Los Angeles; vice president, Energy Risk Management of Goldman Sachs, Asia; and managing director of the Astra Oil Group in Singapore and Switzerland. He has served on several non-profit boards, including the Santa Fe Preparatory School. Jon received a bachelor’s of arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his master’s in arts in public policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

 

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Justin Lee

’95

Justin Lee ’95 of Boston, Mass., founded Justin Lee Architecture + Design in 2015 after his 10-year collaboration with Renzo Piano Building Workshop. He has extensive experience working with clients, engineers, and contractors, putting together high-profile, high-performance museums/cultural projects and public space design. Coupled with his interested in the junction of architecture, art, and technology, Justin has led his architecture and design studio in pursuing projects ranging from museum and exhibition designs to digitally fabricated porcelain facades with morphing geometry. Apart from professional practice, Justin has also served as guest lecturer at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, MIT School of Architecture, Boston Society of Architects, and Universidad Francisco Marroquin Facultad de Arquitectura in Guatemala. He holds a bachelor’s of arts degree with honors from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard University.

 

 

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Kuo-Chuan (KC) Kung

’87, Board Treasurer

Board Treasurer KC Kung ’87, Hong Kong, is the founder and managing partner of Nexus Point. He is one of the most accomplished private equity investors in Asia with 20 years of experience across the region. Prior to Nexus Point, KC co-founded MBK Partners, was partner and head of Greater China for MBK Partners, and helped build MBK Partners into one of the most successful private equity firms in Asia. KC also was a managing director of The Carlyle Group and a member of the investment committee for Carlyle Asia Partners. He started his career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Hong Kong and New York. KC serves on several for- and non-profit boards. He grew up in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Dominican Republic. KC received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his master’s from Harvard Business School.

 

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