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University’s board of trustees welcomes four new members

by Sherry Fisher - October 11, 2005

The University’s Board of Trustees has four new members.

Michael A. Bozzuto and Wayne J. Shepperd were appointed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell; Dr. Gerard N. Burrow is an ex-officio member as chairman of the Board of Directors of the UConn Health Center; and Salmun Kazerounian was elected student trustee.

James F. Abromaitis, ’79, ’82, who is already on the board, will now serve as an ex-officio member in his professional capacity as commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development. Additionally, Philip P. Barry, ’54, was elected to a second term as an alumni trustee. He started his new term on Sept. 1.

Bozzuto replaces William Berkley; Shepperd occupies the seat formerly held by Abromaitis; Burrow replaces Claire Leonardi; and Kazerounian replaces Michael Nichols.

Bozzuto, who started his six-year term July 1, is chairman, president, and CEO of Bozzuto’s Inc., a Cheshire-based wholesale distributor of food and household products to retailers in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Bozzuto earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stetson University in Florida. During his high school and college years, he worked in a variety of positions in the family business, both in operations and in sales.

After graduating from college, he began his formal career at Bozzuto’s Inc., starting in administration and working his way up the ladder. He was executive vice president before assuming the position of president and CEO in 1994. He was appointed chairman of the board in September 2002.

He is a member of the IGA Inc. Board of Directors, the Food Marketing Institute Board of Directors, and the Food Marketing Institute Wholesale Advisory Board.

Shepperd, who began his six-year term Aug. 23, is former president and publisher of The News-Times in Danbury. He retired in July after more than three decades there. He was recently named director of economic development for the City of Danbury.

Shepperd graduated from Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., with a degree in English. He joined The News-Times in 1972, after spending six months in the U.S. Army reserves in California. He started his career at the newspaper as a sports writer, and became president and publisher in 1993.

He is a past president of the Lions Club of Danbury and former chairman of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce.

Burrow, who became an ex-officio board member Sept. 1, is president and CEO of the Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration. He is the David Paige Smith Professor Emeritus of Medicine and dean emeritus of the Yale University School of Medicine.

He is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Medical School, where he studied internal medicine and endocrinology with a particular interest in thyroid disease. He spent two years with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission in Nagasaki, Japan.

Burrow was also a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and was vice chancellor and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.

After retiring from Yale in 2002, Burrow was appointed president and CEO of the Sea Research Foundation Inc. He was on the Board of Directors of Johnson & Johnson Corp. for 12 years and is currently vice chairman of the International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency. He is also a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.

Kazerounian, who started his two-year term July 1, grew up in Storrs. A senior majoring in computer science, he is also studying philosophy and cognitive science. While he was a student at E.O. Smith High School, he took classes at UConn. He spent last year studying at McGill University in Montreal.

Kazerounian has been a participant in campus activist groups and activities that deal with a broad range of issues – from human rights and labor rights to anti-war activities.

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