Bring Talent, Drive, Vision to Board
University boards of trustees tend to fall into one of two categories.
There are the ceremonial conclaves that get together every year
or so to rubber-stamp whatever paperwork has been sent to them.
Then there is the kind that Joseph O. Lampe ’53, G’55 chairs for
SU. Since joining the board in 1986, he has fought to make sure
that the talent, drive, and creative vision of the trustees reach
full potential as assets of the University. Under Lampe’s leadership,
reforms, including term limits, attendance requirements, and rotating
committee assignments, have been instituted.
members elected to the Board of Trustees in 2001 have the overachievers’
credentials that membership requires—and then some. Since all of
them are the kind of people almost anyone would like to meet, we
thought we would take the opportunity to introduce them as they
complete their first year on the job:
MICHAEL M. BILL, a 1958 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences,
is the chairman of the board at M-J Insurance Inc., which specializes
in meeting the special needs of insuring the construction industry.
The Indiana resident founded M-J just six years after graduation
and built it into one of the top privately held insurance firms
in the country.
A three-time letter winner in football (1955-57), he has been generous
to his old team, providing an endowed scholarship in his name, the
first by an SU football alumnus. “The football program gave me so
much toward my life’s success,” he says. “It feels great to be able
to give something back.”
JOHN E. BREYER of Georgia is president and CEO of MI Technologies,
a leading corporation in microwave research and instrumentation.
In 1961, after receiving a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering
from the University of Illinois, he came to Central New York to
work for General Electric, and made the area his home for almost
involvement with SU began when his daughter, Deborah Breyer Knoblock
’88, G’90, became a student. He is a member of the L.C. Smith College
of Engineering and Computer Science Advisory Board.
RICHARD L. HAYDON, a 1966 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences,
is a financial analyst and securities expert who has already become
a welcome addition to the board’s Investment and Endowment Committee.
Currently a partner at Omega Advisors Inc., the New Jersey resident
has been with some of Wall Street’s most prestigious houses, including
Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Gabelli & Co., where he was president.
His wide-ranging service to SU has included work with the Commitment
to Learning campaign, the School of Management Corporate Advisory
Council, the Metropolitan Advisory Committee, the Society of Fellows,
and the Athletic Committee. His son Leigh is an SU senior this fall.
RICHARD L. THOMPSON, a 1967 graduate of the Maxwell School, is vice
president of governmental affairs at Bristol-Meyers Squibb Company
and resides in Virginia. He holds a B.A. cum laude in history and
political science from SUNY Albany, an M.A. in political science
from Maxwell, and a law degree from Catholic University. A decorated
Army officer who served in Vietnam for two years, Thompson was a
senior staff director in the U.S. House of Representatives before
joining Bristol-Meyers Squibb.
A long list of civic interests includes the Ford’s Theater Foundation,
for which he has served as a board member and treasurer. His SU
activities have included memberships on the Washington, D.C., Advisory
Board, the School of Management Corporate Advisory Council, and
the Maxwell School Advisory Board.
Board of Trustees is enriched by the addition of these members,”
says Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw. “Each brings a wealth of experience
and a fresh perspective on the business of the University. I always
look forward to working with them.”
Michael M. Bill 58
John E. Breyer
Richard L. Haydon 66
Richard L. Thompson G67