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Dr. Susan Ward ’80 selected to chair DelVal’s board of trustees

Oct 06, 2014

Dr. Susan Ward ’80, a physician and president of The Consciousness Institute, was selected to chair Delaware Valley College’s board of trustees. Dr. Ward brings more than 30 years of experience in the medical field including teaching, research and leadership positions to the Board. She began her term in September and will serve as chair for two years. Majid Alsayegh was chosen as vice chair and Christopher Asplen, Drew Becher and Marguerite Quinn were selected as new trustees.

“We’re grateful to Dr. Jim Trainer, class of ’82, for his years of dedicated service to DelVal as chair and we’re proud to welcome another one of our alumni, Dr. Susan Ward to the position,” said College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan. “These are exciting times at DelVal and as we add to and strengthen our academic programs, expand opportunities for students and move toward university status, Dr. Ward’s knowledge of research, teaching and the medical field, as well as her leadership skills, will be invaluable to the College. We are thrilled to have her leading our Board as we put our bold vision for this soon-to-be university into action.”

Dr. Ward, a DelVal biology alumna, earned her M.D. from Jefferson Medical College. She completed a residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital and a fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She then joined the university faculty at Jefferson in the Division of Rheumatology, where she devoted her time to clinical work, teaching and research. Her nonprofit board experience includes serving as vice chair for the Pennsylvania Osteoporosis Society and as a member of the Jefferson Advisory Council for the Jefferson Osteoporosis Center. Currently, she serves on the Chester County Medical Society’s board. As chair, she plans to help with transitioning DelVal from a college to a university and with bringing together the many talents of the board members to help the institution prepare students to tackle the most important issues of their time.

Majid Alsayegh, the new vice chair of DelVal’s Board, earned a B.S. in engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a master’s degree in management from the University of Pennsylvania. He founded Alta Management, LLC. Alsayegh provides real estate development services in the public and private sectors and has overseen the design and construction of several major construction projects such as the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia. He co-founded Intercultural Journeys, a nonprofit that promotes harmony between cultures in conflict. He currently chairs the board of the Dialogue Institute, a nonprofit that encourages leaders from different religions and cultures to work together. He also serves on the boards of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Pyramid Society. As vice chair of DelVal’s Board, he plans to build new collaborative relationships with other educational institutions and expand relationships with foundations.

Christopher Asplen, Esq., Drew Becher, and PA State Rep. Marguerite Quinn were selected as new trustees.

Asplen, a graduate of The Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University, is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on the use of DNA to solve crime and prosecute criminals. He is the Partner in Charge of the Life Sciences Practice at Hill Wallack, LLP in Yardley, Pennsylvania. He is also the founder and executive director of the Global Alliance for Rapid DNA Testing and a former executive director of DNA 4 Africa, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Africa maximize the potential of forensic DNA technology to combat genocidal violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Asplen is a former executive director of the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence, whose mission was to maximize the value of DNA in the criminal justice system. While serving on this commission, he worked closely with the U.S. Attorney General to develop DNA policy for the Department of Justice. He also currently consults with the U.S. State Department and the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism.

Drew Becher, president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), holds a B.A. in urban planning from the University of Cincinnati and an honorary doctoral degree from Delaware Valley College. PHS is the United States’ first – and largest – horticultural society. Best known for the Philadelphia Flower Show, PHS also offers a variety of programs to educate and involve people in horticulture. Under his leadership PHS started an initiative that aims to plant one million trees in the Philadelphia region by 2020 to restore the region’s tree canopy cover. He has also helped expand the City Harvest program, which grows fresh, organic produce for families in need, and has grown membership to 65,000 people across the country. Becher currently serves on the board of directors of Rodale Institute, The Parkway Council, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau and Keep America Beautiful

The Honorable Marguerite C. Quinn is a Pennsylvania State Representative (R), representing the 143rd district, which includes the townships of Bedminster, Bridgeton, Buckingham, Doylestown, Durham, Nockamixon, Plumstead, and Tinicum and the boroughs of Doylestown and Riegelsville. She holds a BA in international relations from St. Joseph’s University and an honorary doctoral degree from Delaware Valley College. She is currently serving her fourth term in office. She is also a member of the Doylestown DART Committee, the Central Bucks Drug Free Project Coalition, the Bucks County Conference Planning Committee, the Overdose Prevention Task Force, and the board of directors of CB Cares Educational Foundation.