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Scandinavian Seminar Board of Trustees
William J. Kaufmann, Chair
Chairman, Scandinavian Seminar; Chairman, MBS Global consulting company; former senior executive at Chase Manhattan Bank; former Chairman/CEO of CERC (Connecticut economic development consulting firm); formerly chief executive and board member of various private sector and non-profit institutions
Daphne L. Davidson, D. Phil., Vice Chair
Vice Chair, Scandinavian Seminar; Attorney; formerly with Debevoise & Plimpton, specializing in international corporate law, including transactions involving Scandinavia; Harvard University and Harvard Law School; D. Phil in Old Norse from Oxford University, England; NEH Fellow; Marshall Fellow; Harvard Teaching Fellow
Robert Maass, Secretary
Secretary, Scandinavian Seminar; photographer and documentary filmmaker; former contributing photographer for Newsweek magazine; author of ten books for children; contributor to numerous private and governmental publications; Scandinavian Seminar alum
David H. Brown, Ph.D
Dean of Students, Vassar College; former Director of Counseling, Chaminade University of Honolulu; awarded grant from Svenska Institute for research in Stockholm; Elderhostel group leader in Norway, Sweden and Denmark; Ph.D. from Cornell University; MA from Colgate University
Bruce E. Buxton
Interim Chief Executive, Scandinavian Seminar; Headmaster Emeritus, Falmouth Academy; Ethan Allen Institute – member of Commission on Rebalancing Education Cost and Value; Trustee of St. Johnsbury Academy, Monson Academy, and Boston Preparatory Charter School Foundation
Aili Flint, Ph.D.
Research scholar, Columbia University; former head of Finnish Studies at Columbia University; American Scandinavian Foundation board member and fellow; producer of Finnish cultural, literature, film and theater events; decorated by Finnish President as Knight First Class of the Lion of Finland; member of Kalevala Society
John H. Glasse, Ph.D
Professor of Religion, emeritus and former department chair at Vassar College; visiting professor, Harvard Divinity School; ordained minister, Presbyterian Church; charter member and initial organizer of the Scandinavian Seminar Board of Trustees; Yale University, BD, Ph.D.
Wegard D. Holby, Treasurer
Attorney, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge; Township Supervisor, Bridgeton Township, PA; Chairman, Ijiri Foundation – Georgetown University Law Center, St. Lawrence University; former Executive Director, Scandinavian Seminar; Scandinavian Seminar alum
Eugene V. Kokot
Attorney; Partner at Katsky Korins LLP, NY, specializing in estate planning, trusts and estates; American Scandinavian Foundation board member; Thomas J. Watson Traveling Fellowship as student based in northern Sweden; former Vice Chair and former Secretary of Scandinavian Seminar; Union College; Columbia Law School
Susan Larson, Ph.D.
Linguistic, educational advisor to U.S. Department of Defense; former Executive Director, Swedish Council of America; founder of Finnish Studies at University of California, Berkley; founder and Director of Center for Scandinavian Studies at University of Minnesota; Scandinavian Seminar Alum
Swedish Council 2010 Swedish American of the Year; U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer (retired); Knox College; University of Minnesota (MA); University of Stockholm, International Graduate School; Scandinavian Seminar Alum
Rune Ryden, Ph.D.
Former member of Swedish Parliament; Fulbright Scholar; former Chairman of Swedish Association of Parliamentarians and Scientists; delegate to the United Nations; and, instructor at Lund University
Emeriti Board Members
Norwegian economist; former Director of the World Bank; Board member, Earth University in Costa Rica; former Chairman of UNEP/GRID-Arendal (United Nations Environment Program/Global Research Information Database); director of numerous environmental studies for the United Nations
Einar Gudjohnson, Treasurer
Treasurer, Scandinavian Seminar; Chief Executive Officer, HMP Industries, Inc.; President, Oil Equipment Manufacturing LLC; former Trustee, Precision Machined Products Association; former President and board member, New Haven Manufacturing Association; board member of various education, civic and religious organizations; B.S and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Erling Olsen, Dr. Polit. (deceased June 2011)
Formerly Chairman, Scandinavian Seminar College; acting Secretary General of International IDEA in Stockholm; member of University of the Arctic Board of Governors; founder of University of Roskilde, Denmark; Speaker of the Danish Parliament.
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