May 25, 2004
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Four Bucknell University alumni and a Bucknell parent have been named to the board of trustees at Bucknell University with terms effective July 1. They are:
Charles Berger, president and CEO, Nuance Communications Inc., Menlo Park, Calif.; Amanda Kessler, CEO/In-house Counsel, Synergy Pharmacy Inc., Northumberland; Paul Mejean, managing director, Greenwich Technology Advisors, Old Greenwich, Conn.; Nancy Prial, chief investment officer and principal with Burridge Group LLC, Chicago, Ill.; and Myles Sampson, president, Rimco Properties Inc., Pittsburgh.
Berger, who graduated from Bucknell in 1975, holds an MBA from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. Prior to joining Nuance Communications, he was with Vicinity Corporation and Adforce Inc. as well as Sun Microsystems, Apple Computer and Memorex. Nuance Communications develops voice interface software used by corporations to make information and services accessible by phone.
Berger's alumni activities include serving as business advisory board member and Reunion gift chair as well as Class of 1958 Reunion speaker, E-leaders conference speaker and Alumni College panel speaker. The Berger Family Weight Room is part of the Kenneth Langone Athletics and Recreation Center at Bucknell.
Kessler, a 1993 Bucknell graduate, holds a law degree from William and Mary and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University. She has served as member of the board of directors with Sun Bancorp and Nottingham Healthcare Services Inc. Synergy Health Systems is a pharmacy servicing long-term care institutions throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley.
A member of the Bucknell Club Committee Board of directors and the fifth Reunion program committee, Kessler has been on the board of directors of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Club since 2003. She also serves on the WITF board of directors.
Mejean has been active with the Bucknell Parents Board, serving as member of the executive committee and chair and co-chair of the development committee. He and his wife, Inger, are the parents of two children, Suzanne, a 2003 Bucknell graduate, and Alexander, a sophomore.
Prior to forming Greenwich Technology Advisors in 2003, Mejean was a managing director of investment banking of Wit SoundView Technology Group Inc. and served as managing director at Furman Selz.
Prial, a 1980 Bucknell graduate, holds an MBA from Harvard. Prior to joining the Burridge Group, she was with Frontier Capital Management, American Century Investors and The Heritage Fund.
A member of the alumni board since 1999, she has served as chair of the planning committee, panelist with the Investment Roundtable, alumni admissions volunteer and member of the Reunion gift committee. She also participated in several career networking events and appears in a video about the College of Engineering.
Sampson, who graduated from Bucknell in 1967, was named to the Bucknell board of trustees in 1998 for a five-year term. An entrepreneur in real estate development in the Pittsburgh area, he owns Rimco Properties Inc., Mini-Storage Inc. and Bearfield Properties.
As an alumnus, he has served on several committees including membership, buildings and grounds, education and university relations; as co-chair of the Pittsburgh regional campaign committee; 30th Reunion gift committee; member of the alumni association board of directors; Management 101 consultant; and Scholarship Day speaker.