Corporation will discuss investments, buildings

At its meeting this weekend, the Yale Corporation will likely discuss a final report on possible investments in Sudan as well as building plans and initiatives at the Medical School, Yale officials said.

A Corporation subcommittee will hear a presentation from the chair of the Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility on the committee’s final report regarding possible University investments in businesses that invest in Sudan, Yale officials said. And although the Corporation, the University’s highest decision-making body, generally keeps its agenda secret, Yale General Counsel Dorothy Robinson and Provost Andrew Hamilton said the agenda for this weekend’s meeting includes a variety of topics pertaining to the Medical School.

“We will be discussing a broad swath of issues ranging from building plans to new research and clinical initiatives,” Hamilton said.

Medical School Dean Robert Alpern said discussion of the Medical School will pertain to a wide array of topics, including research, education, clinical practice and finances. In upcoming years, the format for annual February Corporation meetings will change slightly, so that one day of each meeting will focus on a different school, Alpern said.

“We’re discussing everything that’s happening at the Medical School,” Alpern said.

Professor Geert Rouwenhorst, the chair of the Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility, will present the committee’s final report on possible Sudan-linked investments to the Corporation Committee on Investor Responsibility, ACIR member Anastasia O’Rourke FES ’08 said in an e-mail.

The meeting will be the first for Successor Trustee Fareed Zakaria ’86, an influential editor and writer on international affairs, whose appointment was announced last month. Zakaria said he intends to primarily observe the proceedings rather than turn the discussion to specific issues.

“I’m going to sit and listen for the most part,” Zakaria said. “I specifically don’t want to come in with a 3-point agenda.”

Senior Fellow Roland Betts will not attend the meeting due to his participation in a presidential delegation to the Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.

The Corporation, which holds six three-day meetings each year, consists of 10 Successor Trustees, who elect their own successors and are eligible for two six-year terms, as well as six Alumni Fellows elected by Yale alumni, who are eligible for one six-year term.

Two additional new successor trustees, Donna Dubinsky ’77 and Jeffrey Bewkes ’74, will join the Corporation this summer. Dubinsky is the chief executive officer of Numenta, Inc., while Bewkes is the president and chief operating officer of Time Warner, Inc.

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