Bates College Board of Trustees elects three new members, effective July 1, 2024

Bates College is pleased to announce the election of three new members to its Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2024. The new trustees bring a diverse range of experiences and expertise to the College, reflecting the Board’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community.

The three new members are:

Dr. Maria Avila, a renowned expert in education and community development, who is currently the Director of the Community Development Corps at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Avila is a long-time advocate for access and equity in education, and has worked tirelessly to promote greater diversity and inclusivity in higher education.

Mr. Roham Gharehbaghi, a successful entrepreneur and business leader, who is the Founder and CEO of the innovation firm, Catalyst Technologies. Gharehbaghi is a graduate of Bates College, Class of 1996, and has served on the College’s Alumni Council and played a key role in the development of the College’s strategic plan.

Dr. Jennifer A. Lewis, a distinguished professor and scientist, who is currently the Director of the Materials Science and Engineering Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Lewis is a leading expert in the field of materials science, and has made significant contributions to the development of new materials and technologies.

The new trustees bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the Board, and will play a vital role in shaping the College’s strategic vision and direction. They will join the Board’s committees, working alongside existing members to advance the College’s mission and goals.

“We are thrilled to welcome Maria, Roham, and Jennifer to the Board of Trustees,” said President Clayton Rose. “Their diverse perspectives and expertise will greatly enhance the Board’s work and contribute to the College’s ongoing efforts to promote student success, faculty and staff excellence, and community engagement.”

The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the College’s strategic direction, overseeing the College’s financial and operational activities, and holding the College’s leaders accountable for their performance. The new trustees will join the Board’s existing members, who include alumni, faculty, staff, and community leaders, in this important work.