The NCAA Board of Directors serves the New College Alumni Association in carrying out its mission in support of the College.
New College alumni Association Board of DIRECTORS July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022
The Board of Directors serves the New College Alumni Association in carrying out its mission in support of the College. The board meets four times a year annually and oversees NCAA’s core programs, services, fundraising, communications and events. The board of directors invites open comments and suggestions for their activities. Please e-mail email@example.com.
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Dan Stults ’77-’81, Chair Dan Stults developed an interest in the drivers of human behavior and the questions of what we know and how we know it. These interests led to a Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology, a focus on experimental design, statistics, and a career of research. Published in the areas of Experimental Social Psychology, Psychometrics, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Dan left academics to take leadership positions in industry where he worked to understand the unmet needs of individuals and the best ways to fulfill those needs. His most recent position was as Head, Global Business Intelligence for AbbVie. Currently a resident of Sarasota, Dan can be found working with the New College Foundation when he is not on the water, playing with his dogs or communing with family.
Leslie Reinherz ’70-’74, Chair Elect Leslie Reinherz graduated from New College with a major in biology in 1974. She then attended Duke University, where she received a Ph.D. in Zoology in 1980. She went on to a career as a filmmaker and journalist, specializing in science, technology and medicine, producing programs for outlets such as the PBS “Nova” series, the Audubon Society, and the New York Times. Currently she is an instructor of biotechnology and English, teaching adult immigrants in the Boston area through a program at Jewish Vocational Services. Leslie lives in Sharon, Massachusetts. She is the stepmother of Rachael (Herrup-Morse) Simms, ’95-‘99. In her spare time, Leslie enjoys travel, charity work and cooking.
Robert ‘Bob’ Freedman ’83-’87. Governance Chair Bob Freedman was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and divides his time between Vancouver, British Columbia, (when he is not in security lines at various airports) and Rancho Mirage, California. Bob attended New College from 1983-1987 and worked with Penny Rosel, majoring in Sociology. After that, he spent the next several years as a “professional student:” he obtained a masters degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, then an LL.B. from Queen’s, and finally a Master of Laws degree from the University of Virginia in 1991. Bob has been a lawyer in Canada for the last 28 years. He works exclusively representing First Nation clients on a variety of matters – treaty negotiations, land claims, negotiations with government and industry (mainly pipelines, oil and gas, water and related issues). He is Senior Counsel at Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend, which is the largest law firm in Canada focusing on delivering legal services to Indigenous Peoples. When not working or traveling for work, Bob and his partner Grant spend as much time as they can at their second home in Rancho Mirage, California. Bob and Grant are heavily involved in the Mid-century Modern (“MCM”) movement in the Palm Springs area. Had Bob been aware of MCM architecture while at New College (and if he had any money at the time), he would have purchased a Paul Rudolph MCM home in Sarasota.
Kati Baruja ’96 Kati graduated from New College in 2000 with a major in humanities. She worked in non-profits all over Latin America for several years and later obtained an MA in Translation and Interpreting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her passion for cross-cultural dialogue led to a career in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State, and she has served tours in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico with a short-term assignment to Lima, Peru. She recently arrived at her new post in Tel Aviv, Israel with her wife and their 6-year-old son.
Wesley Beggs ’10 Born and raised in Tampa, Wesley Beggs is a lifelong Floridian and community advocate. She graduated from New College of Florida in 2014 with a B.A. in Political Science and is an active member in her community. Wesley is currently serving on the Board of Directors for multiple local organizations dedicated to education and community organizing, including the Sarasota World Affairs Council. Wesley ran for municipal office in the 2018 election cycle and has spent her time dedicated to empowering the next generation of leaders. She currently serves as President of the Florida Young Democrats, where she works across the state to mobilize young Floridians and affect electoral change.
Chad Bickerton ‘05 Chad graduated from New College with a double major in History and Political Science in 2009. He wrote his thesis on the German legal system and legal professionalism during the Third Reich. After New College, Chad attended law school at the University of Florida. He graduated, cum laude, in 2012. Currently, Chad is an associate attorney at Goodman, McGuffey, Lindsey & Johnson. He practices primarily in the areas of general civil litigation and insurance defense. In his free time, Chad continues to play for the New College Bones softball team where he plays third base and bats cleanup. Chad has played for the Bones, on and off, since being a first year at New College. He also enjoys playing pub trivia with a team of New College alums and professors.
Benjamin Brown ’05 Benjamin Brown attended New College of Florida from 2005 to 2009, concentrating in political science. While a student, his passionate interest was student government; he served as a student member of the Student Academic Status Committee from February to December, 2007, and then as President of New College’s student government, the New College Student Alliance, for calendar year 2008. After graduating, Benjamin attended the University of Michigan Law School. Since 2013, he has been engaged in the active practice of law in New York State. He spent the first four and a half years of his career at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, a nonprofit organization. Since 2017, Benjamin has served as an Associate Attorney at Gina DeCrescenzo, P.C., a boutique litigation firm dedicated to protecting the civil rights of students, from pre-kindergarten through higher education.
Doug Christy ’96 Doug Christy graduated from New College in 2000, where he studied Economics and worked as a Debacle writer and on the New College Radio. He is now an Attorney at the Law Office of Douglas G. Christy, PLLC. He is also the Chair of the City of Sarasota Nuisance Abatement Board. As a member of the NCAA Board, Doug would like to focus on strengthening community involvement and increasing local attention on the accomplishments and work being done by New College students and faculty.
John Connelly ’76 John Lodge Connelly was born to former glass-worker turned banker and former poet and musician turned mother. No forms of art would be inspiration throughout his primary and secondary education. County budget cutes and his parents kept most of that modeling from him. Until after his first college year, when he transferred to New College, his closest exposure to art was three years of home-room in his high school’s art classroom. After a music tutorial in Electric Bass in his second term, John decided to take a sculpture tutorial with Jack Cartlidge in his third, because of the self-determining mission in New College’s educational philosophy. These two choices turned out to be the deciding factors in his life. He went on to invent his own art form, Musical Sculpture, and devoted his Senior Thesis and art career to the medium, with shows in Tampa and Sarasota. He became a professional bassist and worked in a variety of jazz ensembles, including the New College Jazz Quartet, recorded on WUSF-TV and aired on public access. He worked for renowned sculptor and poet John Chamberlain in his Sarasota studio, then as his Darkroom Manager, producing works that are in the Whitney Museum and Chase Manhattan Bank permanent collections, then becoming his personal assistant, before devoting the rest of his career to Art Education. He has worked for Keiser University for 23 years, in Computer Graphic Design Instruction/Program Coordinating, Admissions, and now Lobby Management. He is a published poet. He is the featured bass-player in the band Mantramatic on the recently released album, “Transmission”.
Eric Gottshall ’79 Eric L. Gottshall NC ’79, call sign “Sunset”, is a career civil service employee of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Code J32I on permanent detail as Technical Director of the Technology Integration Office in the Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation Directorate of the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. Eric spent several years working for the NOAA Satellite and Information Service before joining DLA. Prior to joining the Civil Service, Eric spent four years as a Principal with Noblis Incorporated, a DC not-for-profit think tank. Before joining Noblis, Eric had a 21-year career as a Special Duty-Geophysics Naval Officer, retiring with the rank of Commander. Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from New College of Florida, a Master’s Degree in Physics from Northeastern University and a Master’s Degree in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Chelsea Hall ’02 Chelsea Hall knew that she wanted to attend New College– it was the only school she applied to in 2002. She then pursued an MA at UVa, ended up on the administrative side, and eventually moved to China for a few years to continue her ethnographic study of Tibet, while also teaching English and advising students who wished to apply to school in America. She is now in the fifth year of a PhD program in Gender and Culture at Harvard.
Maia Hinkle ’05 Maia Hinkle graduated from New College in 2007, where she was involved in dance for several semesters, supported the crew team, and directed Vagina Monologues in her final year. She earned an MBA at Rollins College. Prior to this term, she was on the NCAA Board for 6 years, during which time she served as the Governance Chair and Treasurer. She is currently the Marketing and Communication Chair for Women in Technology in Dallas.
Miles Iton ’14 Miles Iton is a creative and arts administrator from Miami, Florida. At New College, he founded the live music and media marketing imprint n.e.Bodied Entertainment and has performed/lectured at institutions such as the Ringling Museum, TED, and the Harvey Milk Festival. He departed as a Fulbright award grantee to National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan, where he is a graduate of the Institute of Creative Industries Design. Currently he is producing works as part of ALT-MILK, working on an EFL startup and freelancing in the medical marijuana industry.
Oliver Peckham ’08 Oliver graduated from New College in 2012, concentrating in Political Science & Environmental Studies/Economics. After completing graduate work in the climate and energy fields at Bard College and Duke University, he began a career in science journalism. He now works as an editor covering the intersections between supercomputing and scientific issues such as climate change and COVID-19. Oliver served in the New College Student Alliance for all eight semesters at New College, including a year as NCSA Co-President that culminated in the passage of New College’s Green Fee. He currently resides in North Carolina, but is often away from home working toward his goal of visiting all 50 states and 62 National Parks.
Rachel Scherer ’07 Rachel attended New College from 2007 to 2011, and credits her very-varied career to the very-varied interests she pursued there (having had the opportunity to knit together language, computer science, mathematics, religion, and psychology). She’s always been passionate about using technology to support and empower communities. Through her career as a technology leader, she has built platforms to help researchers work on big emerging problems in education, and supported tech standards communities to help make education technology development easier and more accessible. Currently, Rachel works with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation developing strategies to center learner agency, privacy, and justice in education data use.
Benjamin Stork ’05 Benjamin Stork had a rocky start at New College and after failing to attend an academic probation meeting was ejected from the institution. After a glimpse of big university life the next year he returned bound and determined to return to the exciting intellectual milieu of New College. After successful readmission to NCF he was able to graduate in 2009 and gain admission to LECOM – Bradenton. Attending medical school on an Army scholarship he graduated in 2013 and pursued a joint Aerospace and Occupational Medicine residency with the Navy in Pensacola while also earning his MPH from the University of West Florida. Returning to the Army fold he became a flight surgeon for the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade (Screaming Eagles) and has served his country in deployments to Afghanistan, Europe, and hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. He is now the course director for the US Army Flight Surgeon Primary Course and is responsible for the training pipeline of all Army flight surgeons. As he sits here typing this austere and self serving summary of his achievements he would much prefer to be commiserating with his NCF Cohort (with whom he still chats daily) enjoying cold beer and hot sun in Florida and debating the issues of the day like the once and future Philosopher Kings (and Queens) we surely were and will be again. He will never forget the ecstatic wonder.
Bob Watts ’73 Bob Watts studied International Relations and Modern European History during his time at New College. From there, he went on to a rewarding career as a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department. After he retired in 2010, he continued to work as a consultant at State, and got more involved in community activities and progressive politics. He served on the board of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, and in various other volunteer positions, and was recently appointed to the International Executive Committee of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs. He also now works as a Foreign Affairs Officer appointee at the State Department, in the Office of eDiplomacy.
Glenn Whitehouse ’86 Glenn Whitehouse is Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Florida Gulf Coast University. At FGCU, he co-founded and directs PAGES, a career program designed specifically for liberal arts students; and he is currently working on a badging program to help students build career-relevant skills and connect to jobs. His other administrative duties have included student affairs, program assessment, preparation for accreditation, and department chairing. His teaching and scholarly interests are in philosophy of religion, hermeneutics, modern German philosophy, and religion & popular culture. At New College, Glenn studied philosophy and religion, and went on to a Ph.D. at University of Iowa. New College is becoming a tradition in his family, with spouse Marianne ’88 a fellow alum, and son Daniel ’18 a current NCF student.
NCAA Past Presidents
The New College Alumni Association has a long list of distinguished leaders.