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Colby College has announced the addition of five dynamic individuals who recently joined its Board of Trustees. Three corporate trustees and two alumni trustees bring new perspective and expertise to the College’s board. Corporate trustees Miguel Leff ’98, Carl “Chip” Smith ’91, and Laura Ward P’19, ’22 will serve four-year terms while alumni trustees Nancy Donahue Cyker ’88, P’18 and Coy Dailey ’01 will serve three-year terms.
Miguel Leff ’98, born and raised in Mexico City, established his own private practice, the Law Office of Miguel Leff, in La Jolla, Calif., in 2006 after working at several prestigious law firms, including Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP (New York City); Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (Los Angeles); and Latham & Watkins LLP, (San Diego). His experience working as an attorney at Jauregui, Navarrete, Nader y Rojas (Mexico City) proved instrumental when later building his successful international law practice. The Law Office of Miguel Leff is a member of the MSI Global Alliance, one of the world’s leading international associations of independent legal and accounting firms. He earned a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.
Chip Smith ’91 is an executive vice president at 21st Century Fox, where he is head of global public affairs and leads the company’s public affairs, policy, government relations, and advocacy functions. Previously, Smith was a co-founder and the CEO of The Glover Park Group. He served as deputy campaign manager and chief operating officer for Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign, and earlier he was chief of staff and an executive director of strategy and communications at MCI. He serves on boards for the Motion Picture Association of America, Creative Future, the Thomas G. Labrecque Foundation and the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation. Smith earned an M.B.A. from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Laura Ward P’19 ’22 is a researcher and consultant in the Neurobiology of Fear and Dissociative Disorders/Trauma Research Laboratories at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. Her work focuses on trauma-informed care and patient-centered outcomes research. She is also a guest lecturer at the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Previously, she was a director of the Community Consulting Teams of Boston. Ward serves as board chair of Blake Works, a public health multimedia communications organization, and is the former board chair of the Charles River School in Dover, Mass. She received her B.A. in international relations from Mount Holyoke College, an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business, and recently an M.P.H. from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth College.
Nancy Donahue Cyker ’88, P’18 of Boston, earned her J.D. from Suffolk University and has been involved with fundraising for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and with the ID One Foundation. Both organizations seek to help the U.S. Ski Team become fully funded in order to support the development of team athletes. Cyker has volunteered for Colby as class correspondent since 2011, was a member on her Colby Reunion Committee for her 25th and 30th reunions, and, along with her husband, Fred, served on the Parents Executive Committee.
Coy Dailey ’01 is director of diversity and equity at the Bank Street School for Children in New York City, where he collaborates with students, faculty, and staff to create and maintain a climate of inclusion that supports all members of the community. Dailey was a Bunche Scholar, mathematical sciences major and African-American studies minor at Colby. He went on to earn a master’s in school leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his current position, he taught mathematics at Georgetown Day School, Montclair Kimberley Academy, and at The Packer Collegiate Institute, where he was also diversity coordinator and middle school dean of student life. Dailey currently serves on his Colby Fund Class Gift Committee.
These individuals join Colby’s Board of Trustees at an exciting time as the College has recently embarked on an ambitious and historic comprehensive campaign. Known for its innovative programs and partnerships that ensure student success, Colby had raised more than $400 million toward its $750-million goal.