The Board of Directors of the University of Aberdeen Foundation is made up of seven experienced and high-profile members of the American community who freely give their time and expertise in support of the Foundation's mission.

These alumni, all of whom have a love of and commitment to the University, have made it their business to help strengthen the University by contributing financially, by soliciting gifts from others, by encouraging connections between and among alumni, and by helping to recruit both undergraduates and post-graduate students.

We ask you to join us in any way you can: by contacting us, by becoming knowledgeable about the University we all care about, and by doing great deeds and thinking great thoughts that will help the University in its sixth century.

To find out more about our Foundation's Board of Directors please click on their names to the left of this page.

Mr Rhod Sharp

President

Since 1994 Rhod Sharp has presented Up All Night on BBC Radio 5 Live, once described by the Washington Post as 'probably the best night time radio show in the world' and which, in its early years, took 4 Sony Radio Awards.

Rhod studied English at Aberdeen and graduated with honors in 1975. He was then selected as scholar of the St Andrews Society of New York and studied widely at Princeton University in both the graduate and undergraduate schools. Since 1976 he has been a BBC news trainee, BBC TV news scriptwriter and reporter for London Broadcasting. He helped to start the independent Radio Tay in Dundee and then freelanced for mostly British news outlets in California for 6 years until 1987.

In 1987 he moved with his wife Vicki to London, first as a reporter for BBC World Service then as duty foreign editor at Channel 4 News and BBC News. In 2008 they moved full time to Marblehead, Massachusetts where he continues to broadcast for the BBC.

Rhod became the President of the University of Aberdeen Foundation at the beginning of 2013.

Dr Jonathan Daube

Dr Jonathan Daube was the President of the Manchester Community College, Connecticut's largest community college, from 1987 until his retirement in June 2008. Before that, he was President of Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Western Massachusetts, for nine years.

Born in Cambridge, England, in 1937, he attended Aberdeen Grammar School (1951-1953) before entering the University of Aberdeen at the age of fifteen. He graduated in English at nineteen, and went on to the Institute of Education at the University of London.

After two years as a teacher at Watford Boys' Grammar School and three years at The Manchester (UK) Grammar School, Dr. Daube moved to the United States in 1963, and earned his doctorate from Harvard University. He subsequently spent two years teaching at the University of Malawi in southern Africa.

Dr. Daube has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and has served as a visiting member of the editorial board of the Hartford Courant, America's oldest continually published newspaper. He has also served as a member of the Board of Electors of the Wadsworth Atheneum, America's oldest public art museum, and is a Corporator of the Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Inc.  Dr Daube has spent much of 2011-2012 as interim president of Middlesex Community College in Middletown, Connecticut.

Throughout the course of his long and distinguished career Dr. Daube has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, a Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award, an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Eastern Connecticut State University and induction into the Manchester Arts Commission Hall of Fame. In honor of his achievements the town of East Hartford CT declared July 8, 2008 Jonathan Daube Day.

Dr Daube was President of the University of Aberdeen Foundation from 2007 until the end of 2012 and still plays an active role on the Board.

Dr Anna Ewins

Dr. Ewins is Managing Partner for Ewins & Winby, a management consultancy based in the San Francisco Bay Area providing organisation development, change management and leadership coaching. Prior to that she served as an executive in Ernst & Young's Health Care Consulting Practice, and as a partner with Global Accelerator, an international consulting and investment firm supporting high technology start-ups. 

In parallel to her consulting practice Dr. Ewins has been an adjunct professor on Ph.D. and M.B.A. courses in organisational behavior, culture change and leadership with JFK University and California School of Professional Psychology. She has also served as faculty for professional development courses at Stanford University's Continuing Education Program and Consulting Psychologists Press, and currently teaches on UC Berkeley's Extension Leadership & Management Program.

Dr. Ewins began her career as a research scientist in microbial genetics at the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine and at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London. Turning her focus to career and management development, she joined the Polytechnic of Central London as a career counselor, and later at The City University, London, when she began her management consulting practice. Career opportunities brought her to the Bay Area in 1982, where she has established her home.

In the community she has served on several professional association boards, such as Northern California Chapter of Association for Strategic Planning, the Bay Area Organization Development Network and the Editorial Board for its journal Vision/Action, and currently she is on the board of the Women's Leadership Council for United Way of the Bay Area. She is an avid art lover and serves as a docent for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Dr. Ewins' early education was in Life Sciences at the Universities of Aberdeen and London in the UK. She earned her doctorate in Psychology from Saybrook University in the USA.

Prof. Roderick McDonald

Picture of Professor Roderick McDonaldBorn in Aberdeen, Scotland, Roderick McDonald attended Aberdeen Grammar School, then the University of Aberdeen, graduating with an MA in History and Sociology in 1973. He later attained his PhD from the University of Kansas, and is currently a Professor of History at Rider University in New Jersey, where he teaches Caribbean, Latin American, African American, US and African history. His research and numerous publications concentrate on slavery and the transition to freedom in the Americas.

In early 2004 he became Editor of the Journal of the Early Republic, a quarterly periodical focused on the history and culture of the United States between 1776 and 1861. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2009 he became a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

Roderick is heavily involved in alumni activity in Philadelphia and regularly organises and hosts events for alumni in the area.

Mr George T. Patton Jr.

Mr George T. Patton Jr.George T. Patton Jr. is a lawyer in the Washington, D.C. office of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. He studied at the University of Aberdeen in 1982-83, earned his A.B. cum laude from Wabash College in 1984, and his J.D. cum laude from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington in 1987. He then clerked for Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard before joining the firm in 1989. 

He authored 24 Indiana Practice – Appellate Procedure (3rd Ed., West Publishing Co., 2001 & 2006 Supp.). His law review articles and appellate briefs have been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Indiana Supreme Court, and the Indiana Court of Appeals. His work has resulted in around 140 published opinions.

John W Raley III

Based in Houston Texas, John Wesley Raley is the Managing Partner of Raley & Borthwick LLP. He has extensive experience in civil litigation, including intellectual property, medical malpractice, product liability, general tort actions, and commercial litigation. John is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has been named a ‘Texas Super Lawyer’ (top 5%) by Texas Monthly Magazine each year since 2003, and has been named in ‘Outstanding Lawyers in America’ since 2003.

Born in Oklahoma City in 1959, John earned a BA (summa cum laude) from University of Oklahoma in 1981 and his Juris Doctor in 1984. He studied at Aberdeen and graduated in 1988 with an LLM in Laws. Previously, he was managing partner of Cooper & Scully, P.C. and a partner with Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P.

Mr Todd Wynne-Parry

Picture of Todd Wynne-ParryTodd Wynne-Parry is Senior Vice President - Development for Commune Hotels & Resorts. He is responsible for expanding the development team globally and securing management contracts and investment opportunities for the company. 

During his twenty-five years in the hotel industry, Todd has held senior development positions with the Trump Hotel Collection, InterContinental Hotel Group, Starwood, and the Pan Pacific Hotels Group. He has worked and lived in the USA, Great Britain, Asia and Australia, and while in Australia he served for ten years on the Tourism Committee of the Property Council of Australia. 

He holds an MBA from the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management, and a BA from Alma College. In addition he studied at the University of Aberdeen 1985-86.