Five named to Board of Trustees

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Union College has named five new members to the Board of Trustees.

They are Dennis Coleman GP’24, Richard Delaney ’80, Pete Haviland-Eduah ’10, Sophia Anderson ’22 and Prof. Andrew Morris.

“Union College is pleased to welcome such dedicated and talented individuals to the board,” said Robert Bertagna ’85, chair of the board. “I look forward to working with them as we navigate these challenging times.”

Dennis Coleman GP '24

Dennis Coleman GP’24, of East Greenwich, R.I., is senior counsel at Ropes & Gray LLP. One of the country’s top sports attorneys, he heads the firm’s nationwide sports, media and entertainment practice. Coleman represents a variety of sports industry clients, from the National Football League to collegiate basketball coaches to sportscasters. Additionally, he regularly collaborates with colleagues across the firm to solve complex problems for clients, such as those involving intellectual property and licensing issues.

A term trustee, Coleman earned an A.B. from Brown University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is the grandfather of Robert “Eli” Coleman ’24.

Richard Delaney ’80 P’18

Richard Delaney ’80 P’18, of New York, N.Y, retired in 2016 as senior vice president of global operations at PepsiCo International. Previously, he was senior vice president of operations for PepsiCo Beverages International, with responsibility for the functional management of Pepsi, Tropicana and Gatorade outside the U.S. and Canada. During his career, Delaney also was vice president of manufacturing for Pepsi-Gemex in Mexico City and general manager for North American Concentrate Operations.

A term trustee, Delaney holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Union College.

Peter Haviland-Eduah ’10

Peter Haviland-Eduah ’10, of San Francisco, Calif., is a communications manager at Facebook, where he specializes in policy and integrity communications for the Messenger app. Before joining Facebook, he ran the communications team for Apartment List and worked as a consultant for Deloitte Consulting LLP. Haviland-Eduah was also an aide to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and a communications consultant for SKDKnickerbocker.

An alumni trustee, Haviland-Eduah earned degrees in Africana studies and history from Union College. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan.

Sophia Anderson ’22

Sophia Anderson ’22, of Mystic, Conn., is a junior with an interdepartmental major in political science and psychology, and a minor in environmental science. She is class president and a residential advisor. She is an admissions tour guide and serves on the standards board of her sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon. A member of the College’s Sustainability Committee and a work-study student at the college's Office of Sustainability, she conducted research on Union’s carbon emissions and calculated the purchase of carbon offsets in addition to helping draft a proposal for Union's carbon neutrality. She is also a member of the Union College D3 rowing team. She joins the board as junior student trustee.

Andrew Morris

Andrew Morris, of Schenectady, N.Y., is an associate professor of history at Union College. He teaches contemporary American history with an emphasis on political and environmental history. Morris’s current research focuses on placing the history of disaster relief policy in the broader context of American political history, specifically through the lens of Hurricane Camille. This work, which will inform a book on the same subject, has been supported by a prestigious fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Morris, a faculty trustee, joined Union in 2003 and was the recipient of the College’s Stillman Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2014. He holds an A.B. from Brown University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.