Accolades & Achievements

The Accolades & Achievements blog gathers information from news articles and press releases about noteworthy events in the lives of alumni. It is a complement to the Class Notes section of The Record.

If you would like an event added to or removed from the blog, or to report any inaccuracies, please email Alison Coppelman, Director, Alumni Relations, at

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January 29, 2016

Education Department Announces James Cole Jr. to Assume the Duties of Deputy Secretary

Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. announced today that James Cole Jr., who is currently serving as General Counsel to the Department, will assume the duties of Deputy Secretary.

January 22, 2016

Leading International Arbitration Lawyer Joins NUS as Director of the Centre for International Law

Ms Lucy Reed, Head of the global international arbitration and public international law groups at Freshfields, will also be appointed the first Professor of Practice at the NUS Faculty of Law.

January 21, 2016

There Is Only One Reason Women Don't Make it to the Top

COMMENTARY by Jana Cohen Barbe

January 19, 2016, 7:30 PM EST

It’s the truth that you might not want to hear.

January 20, 2016

ATLANTA, Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CTT) announced today the election of industry veteran Paul S. Fisher, a former President and Chief Executive Officer of CenterPoint Properties Trust, to the company's Board of Directors.

January 15, 2016

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Stephanie M. Graham, currently deputy general counsel at Northwestern University, has been promoted to associate vice president and deputy general counsel for Northwestern University, effective Jan. 1, 2016, Philip Harris, Northwestern’s vice president and general counsel, announced today.

January 11, 2016

Unwired Planet, Inc. (NASDAQ:UPIP) today announced that Hugh Steven Wilson, '71, has joined the company’s Board of Directors effective January 6, 2016. The Board of Directors appointed Mr. Wilson to replace Taylor Harmeling, who resigned from the Board on December 31, 2015.

January 11, 2016

The Grundy County Republican Central Committee has announced its nomination of Mireya Martin for appointment as a County Board member to fill the vacancy in board District 2, according to a committee news release.

January 8, 2016

Thomas Unterman, 71, of Pacific Palisades, has been reappointed to the California State Teachers’ Retirement Board, where he has served since 2013. Unterman has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law since 2011 and has held multiple positions at Rustic Canyon Partners since 1999, including founder and founding partner.

January 7, 2016

(CBS) — There have been intense calls for change at the Chicago Police Department, and now the agency that investigates officer-involved shootings is undergoing a major restructuring.

January 7, 2016

The embattled Canadian drug company Valeant Pharmaceuticals has named its former chief financial officer Howard Schiller as interim CEO.

Robert Ingram, the lead independent director on Valeant's board, will serve as interim chairman of the board, the company said.