NCAA Board of Directors

The NCAA Board of Directors serves the New College Alumni Association in carrying out its mission in support of the College.

NCAA Board of DIRECTORS

The NCAA 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.

The board is governed by its mission and bylaws.

Applications for the New College Alumni Association Board of Directors are now closed.

Board of Directors Election/Appointment Application
Board Member Responsibilities
Conflict of Interest Policy
Conflict of Interest Questionnaire

*Applications and questionnaires should be sent to ncalum@ncf.edu*

Upcoming Meetings
February 20th, 2021
     NCAA Board Meeting
May 15th, 2021
     NCAA Board Meeting
July, 2021
     New Board Member Orientation
     Date TBD following elections
August 7th, 2021
     NCAA Board Meeting
October 2nd, 2021
     NCAA Board Meeting
December 4th, 2021
     NCAA Board Meeting

Board Directory

Steve Jacobson ’71-’75 – Chair of the NCAA Board
Steve Jacobson attended New College from 1971 until graduating in 1975. He studied biology, but evolved through sculpture and did a senior project on “The Development of a Low-Cost, Flat-Plate, Solar Collector for Heating Water.”

While at New College, he served on a faculty committee for six of his nine terms, either as at-large representative or as a member on one of several faculty committees. He graduated with a degree in General Studies.

After graduation, he built a sawmill for another former New College student in Oregon, as a prelude to building a house that was self-sufficient for energy. The house was never built. He then went to the Chicago area and got a job in a machine shop, which led to a job at Northwestern University building scientific instruments for researchers. Fifteen years later he left for a three-year stint in Hong Kong, building a research machine shop at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, before returning to Northwestern as a design and prototyping specialist in the Engineering Design and Communication program.

He is currently at Northwestern as a cryogenics engineer, distributing liquid nitrogen and liquefying helium for the research community.

He is married to Karen Perl Jacobson. They live in Evanston, Illinois, where half their house and all of the garage are devoted to shops and studio. The dog, Suzy, lives upstairs, while the cats, Tarzan and Chloe, live downstairs, to prevent canicide or felicide.

Chad Bickerton ‘05 – Governance Chair
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.

Hazel Bradford ’75 
Hazel Bradford is the Washington reporter for Pensions & Investments, a daily news website and print publication for institutional investors. Her previous positions included director of communications for the International Masonry Institute, a labor/management industry group, and Washington correspondent for McGraw-Hill publications, including Business Week and Engineering News-Record.

She is a founding board member of the Gardenia House for migrant farm worker families on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and a mentor with FutureLink, an organization supporting Montgomery County students who are the first in their families to go to college.
She attended New College from 1975-1977. She and her family spend as much time as possible in Sarasota. She looks forward to moving there in 2020, and continuing to support New College any way she can.

Robert ‘Bob’ Freedman ’83
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 22 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 one of the principals in JFK Law Corporation, one of the leading First Nation rights law firms in Canada.

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.

Gera Peoples ’94 
Gera graduated from New College of Florida with a major in anthropology in 1997. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he earned his J.D. 

Gera is a partner with Akerman LLP, where his practice focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration, including health care litigation and white collar defense.   He is also a former federal prosecutor who investigated and prosecuted criminal cases including wire and mail fraud, public corruption, computer and data crimes, healthcare fraud, and civil rights. Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Gera was counsel with Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP and served as a law clerk to two federal judges.  

Gera is also actively involved in efforts to help returning citizens successfully reintegrate into their families and communities. He is the Community Representative Team Member for the United States Southern District of Florida, Court Assisted Re-Entry (CARE) Program. Gera has participated in various community meetings and panels addressing gun violence and hate crimes. 

Dan Stults ’77-’81 – Chair Elect
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.

Robert Bilott ’83-’87
Rob is partner in the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, where he has practiced environmental law and handled a wide variety of related litigation for the last 29 years, working from the firm’s Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky offices. Rob’s work for clients impacted by exposure to PFAS “Forever Chemicals” over the last several decades led to him receiving the international Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” in 2017. Rob’s work also has been the subject of the recent motion picture, “Dark Waters,” and documentary, “The Devil We Know.” Rob also is the author of the book “EXPOSURE: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty- Year Battle Against DuPont.” Rob and his wife, Sarah Barlage, have three sons, Ted, Charlie, and Tony.

Leslie Reinherz ’70-’74
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.

Doug Christy ’96

Benjamin Stork ’05

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.

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.

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”.

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. 

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.

Chelsea Hall ’02

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.


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