The college welcomed Timothy A. Barrows ’79, Jeffrey S. Harleston ’82 and Valerie A. DiFebo ’84 to its Board of Trustees on July 1. They are joined by Gregory H. Woods ’91, who stepped down after a brief term as alumni trustee in 2012, after he was appointed general counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy. Barrows is a general partner at Matrix Partners, a private venture capital firm focused on early-stage investments in technology startups. He’s a member of the Williams board’s investment committee and is an associate agent and chair of leadership gifts for the Class of 1979.
Harleston, who was elected by the Society of Alumni and appointed by the trustees, is executive vice president of business and legal affairs for Universal Music Group’s North American division. He’s also on the board of the Recording Industry of North America and SoundExchange, a digital performance rights organization. He’s served the college as an admission volunteer for the Windows on Williams program, as a mentor to students and alumni, and as a class agent.
DiFebo is CEO of Deutsch Inc.’s New York office. One of three members of the senior management team, she’s been at Deutsch since 1992 and serves on the board of the Ad Council of New York. She is a Williams associate class agent and was class president, head agent and vice chair of the Alumni Fund.
Woods is a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He has served as an alumni administrator for the Tyng Bequest and hosted regional association gatherings.
Patrick F. Bassett ’70, Eric L. Cochran ’82, Jonathan A. Kraft ’86 and Robin Powell Mandjes ’82 stepped down from the board when their terms ended in late June.