Boston University News Release
Six New Members Join Boston University Board of Trustees
(Boston, Mass.) — The Boston University Board of Trustees elected six new members at its annual fall meeting last week.
The new appointees join a 46-member Board of Trustees, which is the governing authority for the institution and is the principal policy-making body for the University. Also at the fall meeting, the Board officially dedicated the University’s new $85 million student residence at 10 Buick Street.
Boston University President Jon Westling said, "These six extraordinary individuals bring outstanding records of professional, business, and philanthropic experience to the Board. We look forward to the leadership and support they will provide to Boston University."
The newly-named Trustees of Boston University are: Sidney Feltenstein, CEO of Yorkshire Global Restaurants; Elaine Kirshenbaum, director of health policy for the Massachusetts Medical Society; Frederick Kobrick, founder of Kobrick Capital Management; Raymond Nasher, CEO of the Nasher Company; Sharon Ryan, member of the Boston University Alumni Executive Board; and William Walker, president of Boston University Alumni Association. Sidney Feltenstein
A 1962 graduate of the University’s College of Communication, Feltenstein is chairman, CEO, and president of Yorkshire Global Restaurants, a privately held company based in Farmington, Michigan that owns and operates nearly 2,400 restaurants, generating more than $1 billion in revenue.
Feltenstein is a member of the University’s School of Hospitality Advisory Board and has been very active in the School’s development. His daughter, Elizabeth, is a 1992 graduate of Metropolitan College. Elaine Kirshenbaum
Elaine Kirshenbaum is a multiple alumna of Boston University who received a bachelor’s degree in 1971 and master’s degrees from both the School of Education and the School of Public Health.
In addition to having extensive experience in the Massachusetts health care system, Kirshenbaum has served on the executive board of the Anti-Defamation League, and has worked with the American Heart Association and Sudbury public schools. Frederick Kobrick
A member of Boston University’s Class of 1969 and a recipient of the 1999 Boston University Alumni Award, Frederick Kobrick is a leader in the financial services industry. He is the managing partner and founder of Kobrick Capital Management, as well as president and CEO of Kobrick-Cendant Funds. Prior to the formation of Kobrick Capital, he was a senior vice president with State Street Research and Management Company, where he oversaw a portfolio valued at nearly $4 billion.
This is the second time Kobrick has served on the University’s Board of Trustees. From 1969 to 1972, Kobrick served as a Trustee and, at that time, was the youngest Trustee in the University’s history. Raymond Nasher
Raymond Nasher is the owner and CEO of the Nasher Company, a privately held commercial real estate development company that he founded in 1955 in Dallas. Through his company, Nasher developed some of Texas’ largest building projects. He is regarded as an innovator in the use of art and sculpture to enhance building design.
Fortune magazine ranked him ninth in its 1998 list of "Most Generous Americans." A well-known philanthropist, Nasher has served as a trustee or director of many organizations, including the American Jewish Committee, the Fogg Museum, the National Real Estate Board, and the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture.
Nasher served as a United States Delegate to the U.N. General Assembly in 1967, and was named to the President’s Committee on Arts and the Humanities in 1999. Sharon Ryan Sharon Ryan, a 1970 graduate of the University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, has long been active in University alumni events and fundraising campaigns. She currently serves as vice president for Special Constituencies of the University’s Alumni Executive Board and was instrumental in the Marsh Plaza Restoration Project, a fundraising campaign that transformed the central campus plaza.
Outside the University, Ryan has served as a director of the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, and as a trustee of the Harriet Tubman Battered Women’s Shelter, where she raised $1 million for an addition to the shelter’s facilities.
Her husband, Robert Ryan, is CFO and senior vice president of Medtronic, Inc. Their daughter, Lesley, is a 1996 graduate of the University’s School of Education. The Ryan’s reside in Minneapolis. William Walker
William Walker is a 1968 graduate of the University’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine. After graduation, Walker was appointed as an assistant clinical professor of endodontics at the School, where he still serves as a guest lecturer.
In 1985, Walker became president of Endodontic Associates of Framingham, where he currently practices dentistry. The YMCA honored Walker as a Black Achiever in 1989. His wife, Betty Jean, is a 1974 graduate of the University’s Metropolitan College. He became president of the Boston University Alumni earlier this year.
The Boston University Board of Trustees oversees the nation’s fourth largest independent university, which has an enrollment of nearly 30,000 students in its 16 schools and colleges. The University offers an exceptional grounding in the liberal arts, a broad range of programs in the arts, sciences, engineering, and professional areas, and state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research. Located in the heart of a city rich in cultural, historical, and intellectual attractions, Boston University is one of the nation’s preeminent institutions of higher learning