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Mission Statement of Athens College


The mission of Athens College is to provide, by international standards, the highest quality education to the most deserving candidates and to cultivate in its students those habits of mind, body, and spirit necessary for responsible citizenship in GReece and the world; moral courage, intellectual discipline, compassion, and an unswerving devotion to justice and truth.

Our goal is to instill in our students, by teaching and by example, a strong sense of measure (metrov). We seek thereby to secure in them the bond between learning and judgment and the affiliation of intelligence and responsibility. Thus we do honor the enduring values embodied in the tradition of both Greece and America. Thus do we cultivate a deep respect for the Greek heritage in all its richness and complexity.

The U.S. Board of Trustees of Athens College

Athens College was established in the mid 1920’s by two groups of progressively minded philanthropists, one in Greece and one in the United States of America. They formed two distinct but interlinked organizations in Greece- “The Hellenic American Educational Foundation (HAEF)" popularly known as Athens College, represented by the Board of Directors and “The Trustees of Athens College in Greece,” in the state of New York, know as The Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees in the U.S. participate equally with the Board of Directors in Greece in setting strategic direction and in making major strategic decisions. In addition, the Board of Trustees manage the endowment, coordinate U.S. development, recruit and compensate the American President and administer many U.S.-based programs including faculty development and fundraising.

The U.S. Board of Trustees as a whole represents a variety of professional and academic disciplines. The Trustees are the standard bearers of the school's mission. They provide both guidance and resources to further the work of school and ensure its future.

The Board of Trustees is an organization described in section 170(c)(2) and 501(c)(3) and of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

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Founding Committee

The Founding Committee of Athens College was organized in 1924 in New York City by Americans, Greeks, and Greeks of the Hellenic Diaspora. The purpose of the Athens College, as it was then and is still known, was to provide superior education for Greek children, only boys initially, without regard to their social or economic status.

Athens College, which was incorporated under both Greek and American law in 1925 and chartered by the Board of Regents of the State University of New York in 1926, is a not for profit, tax exempt organization. The school has two Boards: a Board of Trustees in the United States and a Board of Directors in Greece. The President of the school is, as prescribed in the by-laws, an American.

The Board of Trustees in the U.S. participate equally with the Board of Directors in Greece in setting strategic direction and in making major strategic decisions. In addition, the Board of Trustees manage the endowment, coordinate U.S. development, recruit and compensate the American President and administer many U.S.-based programs including faculty development and fundraising. The Board of Directors in Greece manage the day to day operations of the School, and its affiliated programs. Both Boards work closely with the President.

The Early Years

Athens College officially opened its doors in October 1925 with only a handful of students in attendance. Those few students were attracted by a public announcement which read:

"Athens College aims to follow the standard educational systems and also to introduce those modern English and American methods of education which can best be adapted to the history, psychology and national needs of the country, and are preparatory for the universities of Greece, England or America."

For two days there was no response at all. Not one candidate ventured to enroll. Then the first student, Elias N. Eliacos, came forth. Fourteen students followed him, and Athens College began. The school initially occupied a small one room house in the heart of Athens before moving to its present campus in 1928.

The beginning was spartan, to say the least. The small rented house on 18 Androu Street was in the classic Venetian-Byzantine style with heavy stone masonry and shuttered, arched windows. There was no furniture. The first desks, chairs, and blackboards were all borrowed. The single boarding student was put up in a nearby hotel. Part of a wall was knocked out so that students could have room for sports and other activities. It was a humble beginning, the sort that is familiar to so many American preparatory schools that 

Homer DavisThen, by November 12, 1928, the first classes were held on the present campus -35 acres of land in the suburban town of Psychico donated to the school by its earliest benefactors, Emmanuel Benaki and Stephanos Delta. By 1931, the school had grown to 351 students and a faculty of 44. The average age of the teachers was thirty. Nine were Americans.started out with the same desire to create an educational alternative.

Almost immediately, they were joined by other Americans. One was Strond Reed, who was an instructor at Robert College in Constantinople (now Istanbul) and was in Athens looking to broaden his horizons. Reed was chosen by the founding committee as the new school's first headmaster and promptly recruited two of his colleagues -- Homer Woodhull Davis and his wife, Marjorie, as instructors. In 1932, Davis became president of Athens College and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1960. His name is still revered as a cornerstone of the school that has grown into one of the world's most unique educational ventures.

Crisis and Survival 

At 6:45 on the morning of October 28, 1940, air raid sirens sounded. Teachers and the students rushed to the basement of Benaki Hall, assuming it was just another air raid drill. But the Second World War had began in earnest. Mussolini's troops were attacking Greece through Albania. The Greeks stood and fought back, even advancing into enemy territory. But they did not stand much of a chance when, six months later, Hitler came to the rescue of his ally. Starvation and horrible living conditions prevailed throughout Athens, and the young were no exception to hunger. Dead lay in the streets. Among them were young Athens College graduates who had joined the resistance on the mountains of Greece by enlisting as part of British Force 133. At Athens College itself, beneath a hanging swastika, the Nazis burned the school's archives, and destroyed the library.

Throughout the fearful occupation of Athens and all its savage scenes, a dedicated staff of Athens College operated in a dilapidated old building and managed to keep a flicker of learning alive. The school was moved to a home in the middle of Athens and to a rented house in Psychico and somehow managed to go on, risking everything. When Homer Davis returned to Greece in the fall of 1944, he immediately set to work to reopen Athens College.

A year later, on November 12, 1945, Athens College returned to its campus in Psychico and, despite the hardships of the time-- the Greek Civil War was about to start again-- the enrollment increased to 594 students, with 170 younger ones remaining in the Athens wartime house as a lower school. It was a belt-tightening period. Benaki Hall had been left in a shambles, and there was a considerable task ahead to rebuild and re-equip the school.

The students were without money, and the U.S. trustees agreed with Homer Davis that the entire income from the endowment, some $25,000, would be used for scholarships. Every student, from the youngest to the seniors, understood the difficulties and volunteered to forsake lunches from time to time so the school could remain open.

The U.S. people have been instrumental in seeing Athens College through its early hardships. The library, which was once occupied by the Nazis, now bears the USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) insignia, so its visitors will know that through the generosity of the American people, this library was resurrected.

During the School's long and fascinating history it endured many hardships - wars, occupation, poverty - but its spirit, and the spirit of its students, faculty and staff endured. With their perseverance, and their strength, the College became the leading educational institution in Greece, rich in history and tradition. 

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Board of Trustees

Meet the Board of Trustees of Athens College in Greece
Dr. Nicholas G. Bacopoulos ‘67      (Secretary)
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Mr. Peter C. Canellos 
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
51 W. 52nd Street 
New York , NY 10019 
Direct: (212) 403-1241 
Main : (212) 403-1000 
Fax: (212) 403-2000 
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Mr. George S. Coumantaros 
President 
Southern Star Shipping Co., Inc. 
712 Fifth Avenue 
New York , NY 10019 
(212) 554-0100 
Fax:(212) 957-1366 
Fax: (212) 879-3053
Mr. Fred L. Glimp
(617) 864-3306
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Dr. Dimitri Gondicas ‘74
Executive Director
Program in Hellenic Studies
Princeton University 
Scheide Caldwell House 
Princeton , NJ 08544 
(609) 258-3339 
Fax: (609) 258-2137
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Mr. Robert A. McCabe    (Vice Chairman)
President
Pilot Capital Corporation
2 East 73rd Street , 15th Floor
New York , NY 10021 
(212) 879-6694 
Fax: (212) 888-3453
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Mr. Alexandros P. Michas ’76       (Chairman) 
Managing Partner 
Juniper Investment Company, LLC
555 Madison Avenue , 24th Floor 
New York , NY 10022 
(212) 339-8508 
Fax: (212) 339-8585 or 8586 
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Dr. Alexander Nehamas
Princeton University 
AC ’64 Department of Philosophy 
Princeton , NJ 06544 
(609) 258-4309 
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Mr. Petros K. Sabatacakis ‘65 
(212) 749-2831 also fax
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Mr. Nicholas Sakellariadis   (Treasurer) 
(212) 580-7201
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Dr. Vasilios S. Salapatas ‘55 
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Mr. Christos Sclavounis 
Managing Director 
UBS Warburg 
2 Finsbury Avenue 
London EC2 M2PP
011-44-207-568-2699 
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Mr. Peter A. Zarcades ‘52
Midtown Niki Group 
9171 Towne Centre Drive, Suite 335 
San Diego , CA 92122 
(858) 546-0033
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Trustees Bios

Selected Bios of Current Trustees

The U.S. Board of Trustees of Athens College

Alexis P. Michas

Mr. Michas has been Managing Partner of Juniper Investment Company, LLC (“Juniper”), a private investment management company since he founded the firm in 2008. Juniper is also a Principal of Aetolian Investors, LLC a registered Commodity Pool Operator. Mr. Michas has also been the Managing Partner and a director of Stonington Partners, Inc. since 1994. Prior to that, Mr. Michas was a partner of Merrill Lynch Capital Partners, Inc. (“MLCP”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. from 1993 to 1994, and Senior Vice President of MLCP from 1989 to 1993. He served on the Board of Directors of MLCP from 1989 to 2001 and was a consultant to MLCP from 1994 to 2001. Mr. Michas was also a Managing Director of the Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated from 1991 to 1994.

Mr. Michas is Chairman of the Board of Directors of BorgWarner, Inc., Chairman of the Board of Lincoln Educational Services Corporation and a director of PerkinElmer, Inc. Mr. Michas also served as a director of AirTran Airways, Inc. until that company’s sale to Southwest Airlines, Inc. on May 2, 2011. Mr. Michas is also a director of a family of funds managed by Atlantic Investment Management, Inc. an investment management company, and of Theragenics Corporation, a privately held company.

Mr. Michas received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. Mr. Michas resides in New York City and Stonington, Connecticut with his wife Cayré. Mr. & Mrs. Michas have three children, Jason (23) Zoe (21) and Gordon (19).

 



Alexander Nehamas

Education

Swarthmore College, B.A., 1967, with High Honors
Princeton University, Ph.D., 1971 Dissertation: "Predication and the Theory of Forms in the Phaedo" Advisor: Gregory Vlastos

Professional Positions

Princeton University: Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Comparative Literature, 1990-

Associated Faculty, Department of Classics, 1980-
Associated Faculty, Department of German, 2007-
Founding Director, Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, 1999-2002
Chair, Council of the Humanities, 1994-2002
Director, Program in Hellenic Studies, 1994-2002
University of Pennsylvania: Professor of Philosophy, 1986-1990
U
niversity of Pittsburgh: Professor of Philosophy, 1981-1986
Associate Professor of Philosophy, 1976-1981
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 1971-1976

Visiting Appointments

Sather Professor of Classical Literature, University of California/Berkeley, 1993
Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities, Princeton University, 1989-1990
Professor of Philosophy, University of California/Santa Cruz, Summer 1989
Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University, Spring 1988
Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, 1983-1984
Mills Professor of Philosophy, University of California/Berkeley, 1983
Visiting Fellow, Princeton University, 1978-1979

Honors and Awards

Doctor of Humane Letters, Hellenic International University, 2014
Old Dominion Professor, Princeton University, 2011-2012
President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, Princeton University, 2011
D.Phil (hon.), Institute of Fine Arts, National Polytechnic University, Athens,2011
D. Phil. (hon.), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2011
Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art, Best Book in Philosophy, Professional/Scholarly Division, Association of American Publishers, 2008
Gifford Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, 2008
Mellon Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities Award, 2001
International Nietzsche Prize, Associazione Internazionale di Studi e Ricerche Federico Nietzsche, 2001
Academy of Athens, Award for Distinguished Achievement in Hellenic Studies, 2000
Tanner Lecturer, Yale University, 2000
Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities, Princeton University, 1999
PEN American Center, 1997
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, 1995
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1994
D. Phil. (Hon.), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 1993
Sather Professor and Lecturer, University of California/Berkeley, 1993
Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professor in Philosophy, 1990-1991
Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Pennsylvania, 1989
Hanes-Willis Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1987

Fellowships

ACLS Travel Fellowship, 1987
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1983-1984
NEH Fellowship, 1978-1979
NEH Summer Research Fellowship, 1976
University of Pittsburgh Summer Research Grants, 1972, 1974

 



Vasilios Stavros Salapatas

Born: Piraeus, Greece, August 4, 1937.
Married: to Danae G. Xanthakos, 1963.
Children: none

Education: Athens College, 1945-1955.
National Technical University (E.M.Π.), 1955-1960.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1960-1966.
Degrees: Diploma in Chemical Engineering, E.M.Π., 1960.
M. Sc. in Chemical Engineering, M.I.T., 1961.
Ph. D. in Metallurgy, M.I.T., 1966.

Languages: Greek, English, French, German, Italian.

Professional career:Helliniki Halyvourgia S.A., Athens, Greece, 1966–2005 (1968-2004 Managing Director).

Activities: Member Athens College Alumni Association, 1955–current.
Member Technical Chamber of Greece, 1960-2005
Member Panhellenic Union of Chemical Engineers, 1960-2005.
Member Gen. Council, Greek Industries Federation, 1980–2005.
Member Board of Directors, Public Power Corporation, 1980-1982.
Member Board of Trustees of Athens College in Greece, New York,NY., 1982-current;
Member Board of Directors, Piraeus Chamber of Commerce, 1982-1997.
Member Iron and Steel Society (now AIST), 1984-2005
Member M.I.T. Club of Greece, 1985-current (Treasurer 1985-1990).
Member American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, 1986-2005.
Member Board of Directors, Union of Greek Metal Industries, 1986- 2005 (Treasurer 1995-2005).Member Supreme Board for Social Control (ASKE), Public Power Corporation, 1986-1989.Member Center for Political Research and Information (ΚΠΕΕ), 1989-1995.
Member Hellenic-American Educational Foundation, 1990-current.
Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the Board of Directors, Attiko Metro S.A., 1991-199
Member Board of Trustees of College Year in Athens, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2001-2007
M
ember Board of Directors, Aluminium de Grece S.A., 2003-2005.
Member Corporation Visiting Committee, Department of Materials
Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Attended numerous congresses and seminars related to steelmaking, energy management and mass transportation.


 

Nick Bacopoulos, Ph.D.

Overview of qualifications and interests: Extensive, top-level management experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, including the development of new medicines in several therapeutic areas. Academic career in pharmacology in top US medical schools. Successful R&D, fund raising, M&A and deal-making record. US and EEU citizenship. Current professional activities: President, Medexis, S.A., Athens, Greece (2004-). The company is a member of the P.N. Gerolymatos Group and is focused mainly on cancer therapeutic and diagnostic research. Co-founder and Partner, MakScientific LLC, Mystic, CT, USA (2004-). A private company with analgesic and anti-obesity drugs in preclinical development. Summary of industry experience: President and C.E.O., Aton Pharma, Inc. (2002-2004). Aton was a joint venture between Columbia University and Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center. After fundraising and executing a successful Phase 2 program with Vorinostat, we sold Aton to Merck. Merck obtained marketing approval for vorinostat (Zolinza) in 2006. President and Head of Research and Development, OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc., Melville NY (September 2000-January 2002). Contributions included: Participated in road show for $ 437 MM worldwide public stock offering. Restructured R&D function; hired key executives Collaborative agreements with Genentech and Roche on the development of Tarceva Acquisition of Gilead Oncology and British Biotechnology; integration of R&D groups into OSIP

President and C.E.O., Anaderm Research Corp., New York, NY (1996-2000). Anaderm was founded in 1996 to discover prescription products for the treatment of dermatologic diseases. In 2002, it was acquired by Pfizer, one of its founders.

Senior Director, Pfizer Corporate Strategic Planning (1994-1996). Contributions included a strategic “blind spot” analysis that resulted in the formation of Pfizer’s dermatology initiative (Anaderm) and evaluation of major biotechnology acquisition opportunities.

Executive Director, Pfizer Central Research (1983-1994). Key contributions included: Development of Zoloft, a major antidepressant. Discovery and development of Geodon, a novel antipsychotic. Discovery and Phase 1 development of Tarceva, EGFR inhibitor anti-tumor agent. Analysis and recommendation to license Aricept, the first marketed Alzheimer’s drug. Cancer pipeline (EGFR inhibitor, ras inhibitor, erbB2 antagonist, VEGFR inhibitor). CNS pipeline (stroke, depression, anxiety) in clinical development.

Academic Experience: Executive Director, Biomedical Research Institute of the Academy of Athens,

Athens, Greece (2004-2005). Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Dartmouth Med. School, 1983-1988 (adjunct). Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry, Dartmouth Med. Sch., 1979-83. NIH Research Service Award Fellow, Yale Univ. School of Medicine, 1976-1979.

Board participation (active): Anaderm Research Corporation Packard Bioscience Company Aton Pharma, Inc. Alexipharma, Inc. Spear Pharmaceuticals, PLC MaKScientific, LLC Medexis, SA Mersana Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Athens College Board of Trustees in New York Gennadius Library, Athens Greece

Publications: 57 scientific publications and patents; member several scientific societies.

Education and Training: 1976: Ph.D. (Pharmacology), University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. 1971-3: Graduate study in Pharmacology, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois. 1971: B.A. (Biology; Psychology) Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa. 1967: Athens College diploma, Athens, Greece

Languages: English (fluent), Greek (mother tongue), French (reading, conversation)

 



George S. Coumantaros

Born in London in 1922. Educated in Athens, Greece – graduated from the Makris School. Left Greece in 1941, arrived in Argentina via South Africa in 1942.

Mr. Coumantaros came to the USA in 1946, founded Southern Star Shipping Co., Inc. in 1949 of which he is Chairman. In 1952 he became a citizen of the United States. Mr. Coumantaros is also Chairman of Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC which was established in 1962. The mill is the largest single-site flour mill complex in the world, capable of milling 6,000 tons of wheat per day and in addition has expanded in importing bulk cement, fertilizers and the manufacture of polypropylene bags.

Mr. Coumantaros retired last year as Vice Chairman of The West of England Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association. He has served on the Board of the American Bureau of Shipping and on various banks and organizations along with many Hellenic shipping groups. Mr. Coumantaros is a member of several yacht clubs and many social organizations. Regarding Mr. Coumantaros’ sailing career, he has built to his specifications 4 highly successful racing boats which he has campaigned around the world gaining substantial victories and setting course elapsed time records. He won the World Maxi Championship 3 times, the coveted Bermuda Race trophy, the Fastnet Race and has participated in 25 Bermuda Races and has won numerous local sailing events and regattas.

His outside interests are tennis, yachting, ocean racing and the arts and he has a substantial collection of impressionists and post impressionists. He is married for 52 years with 4 children and 11 grandchildren.

 



Dimitri Gondicas

Dimitri Gondicas was born in Athens in 1955. A graduate of Athens College, Class of 1974 (cum laude), he was offered a scholarship at Princeton University, where he studied Physics (B.A., Honors), with a focus on energy systems, while also taking Professor Edmund Keeley’s classes in modern Greek literature. He pursued graduate studies, supported by research fellowships, at M.I.T. (M.Sc. candidate, Nuclear Engineering) and N.Y.U. (M.A., Applied Sciences and Environmental Studies), followed by doctoral work in Comparative Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.

He taught Modern Greek as teaching assistant at Harvard University, George Seferis Chair, under Professor George Savvides. Since 1980 he has been at Princeton University where he is Executive Director of the Program in Hellenic Studies and Lecturer in Modern Greek, Department of Classics. He is a close associate of Professors W.R. Connor, Edmund Keeley, Alexander Nehamas, and Peter Brown. He is a long-time elected member of the Executive Board of the Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA), where he served as Vice-President for three years.

At Princeton, he teaches courses in Modern Greek language and culture and supervises undergraduate and graduate students writing senior theses and doctoral dissertations in Hellenic Studies. He manages several fellowship programs for Greek and international students, scholars, writers, and artists, and he coordinates academic partnerships with Greek universities, museums, libraries, foundations, schools, and cultural institutions. He directs the Hellenic Studies workshop series, as well as colloquia, lectures, and cultural activities at Princeton and in Greece. He organizes exhibitions (most recently: “Poets and Mythmakers in Modern Greece”) and is responsible for the development of the Hellenic Collections at Princeton (rare books, archives and manuscripts, coins, maps, photographs and works of art). He is the liaison with Princeton University Press for the Princeton Modern Greek Studies series. A co-founder (with Ambassador Robert V. Keeley) of the Princeton Club of Greece, he directs alumni relations and fundraises for the Program in Hellenic Studies. He has the overall administrative responsibility for the Hellenic Studies Program, one of the largest and most active programs at Princeton, involving over 20 faculty, 5 staff, 45 graduate students, 20 post-doctoral/visiting fellows, and 300 undergraduates enrolled in about 25 courses annually.

He is co-author (with Peter Bien, et al) of Greek Today: A Course in Modern Greek Language and Culture which was supported by the Ivy League Language Consortium. He is co-editor (with Charles Issawi) of Ottoman Greeks in the Age of Nationalism. In collaboration with Edmund Keeley, he has translated and published modern Greek poetry into English. He has initiated and prefaced several publications, including George Seferis and Edmund Keeley: Correspondence, 1951-1971; Medieval Cyprus: Studies in Art, Architecture, and History; and Greek Manuscripts at Princeton: A Descriptive Catalogue. Also, he has translated into English Form and Structure in Architecture: The Role of Statical Function by A. Zannos. He is guest editor of a forthcoming special issue of the Princeton University Library Chronicle on “Ancient Greece Through Modern Eyes” and he is currently working on the second volume of Greek Today, along with a “Reader of Post-War Greek Prose” for advanced students of modern Greek. An invited speaker or panelist at various Modern Greek Studies academic gatherings, he writes articles and opinion pieces in Greece and the United States on issues of higher education, educational policy, Greek collections and libraries, and Modern Greek Studies.

He has served on several academic and educational boards and committees: Trustee of the American Farm School (committees: secondary, post-secondary, land and development); Gennadius Library (committee on archives); Athens 2004 (Hellenic Ministry of Culture academic consultant); MGSA (Chair, 30th anniversary Symposium committee); National Council of Education, Greece (external academic consultant); Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (Commission on Greek Language and Hellenic Culture); Library of Congress (Committee on US-Greek Library partnerships). He is the recipient of various fellowships and grants from a number of foundations. In 2003 he was honored (jointly with Alexander Nehamas) by the Academy of Athens for his long-term contributions to Hellenic Studies and Greek scholarship.



Robert A. McCabe

Chairman
Pilot Capital Corporation

Robert McCabe is Chairman of Pilot Capital Corporation. Founded in 1987, Pilot Capital is a New York based venture capital. He has been the chairman since 1998 and also served as president from 1987 to 1998.

Mr. McCabe is a director Church & Dwight Co. Inc., and a Trustee of The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, The Thera Foundation and Athens College in Greece.

From 1958 to 1987, Mr. McCabe was Partner, Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of Lehman Brothers. Venture capital investments and technology investment banking were among his responsibilities at various times. He also served as director of Thermo Electron Corporation (now ThermoFisher Scientific), Atlantic Bank of New York (now New York Commercial Bank), Invicta Networks, Neutrogena Corporation, Guide Publishing Company, Systems Engineering Laboratories, Thermo Instrument Systems, Thermo Optek and New England Nuclear Corporation, Morrison Knudsen Company, Borg Warner Corporation, and Archon Pure Products.

He has previously been a trustee of Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, The French Library in Boston, Children’s Television Workshop and The Archaeological Institute of America, among others.

Bob McCabe was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1934. He holds a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

 



Petros K. Sabatacakis

Petros K. Sabatacakis was Chief Risk Manager for Citigroup Inc. between 1999 and 2004. He was responsible for all the financial services company’s businesses, a member of the Management Committee, and Director of Citicorp and Citibank, N.A. All credit, market, and operational risk activities of the Group reported to him. From 1992 to 1997, he was in charge of the financial services subsidiaries of the American International Group, its treasury operations as well as the market and credit risk activities. He was a member of the Executive Committee and a C.V. Starr partner. Prior to that, he was the head of global Treasury and Capital Markets at Chemical Bank (now JPMorgan Chase), which he joined in 1973 in Economic Research. Among his positions at Chemical Bank were oversight of the international branches, foreign exchange and securities trading and the management of its funding and investments division. In addition, he had the responsibility for the management of the corporation’s overall interest rate risk and investment portfolios.

Mr. Sabatacakis who was born in Greece earned three degrees from Columbia University: Bachelor of Science, Masters of Business Administration and Philosophy degree in Economics. He has been the chairman of Plan International and Childreach (child-sponsor non-profit), a Trustee of Athens College in Greece, and a Director of the Gennadeion Library. He and his wife, Marina, live in New York City and East Hampton, Long Island.



Nicholas Sakellariadis


Nick Sakellariadis began his investment banking career in 1978 and is now Managing Director in Citigroup's Mergers & Acquisitions Department. He is a member of the Advisory Committee, which reviews and approves all fairness and valuation opinions rendered by the Firm. He has served as an advisor in transactions totaling in excess of $200 billion. Mr. Sakellariadis covers the Automotive, Homebuilding and Building Products sectors, as well as other industrial companies. He has represented clients such as General Motors, Volkswagen, FIAT, Daimler Chrysler, Cemex, Pulte Homes, Continental Homes, Owens Corning, EDS and National Computer Systems. For ten years he headed the Financial Restructuring Group, and was involved in the reorganizations of among others, Texaco, Western Union, Chrysler, LTV Steel, Federated Department Stores, Macys, Revco, Continental Airlines, TWA, Pan AM, Eastern Airlines and America West Airlines.

Nick graduated from Harvard College and obtained an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, and a J.D. degree from the Harvard Law School. He was a Fulbright/ITT Scholar in 1973-1974.

Nick is a member of the Harvard College Fund Council, Fundraising Co-Chairman of the Harvard College Class of 1973, Fundraising Co-Chairman of the Harvard Law School Class of 1977, Advisory Trustee of the New York Botanical Gardens, Trustee and Treasurer of Athens College, Advisory Trustee of Phoenix Country Day School, President of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in New York City, and a member of two national Greek Orthodox Church groups, the Archons and Leadership 100. He resides in Manhattan with his wife Julie and four children.


Christos Sclavounis


Born in Athens in 1957. Married with three children.

Graduated from Athens College in 1976.

1976-1979, London School of Economics and Political Science, B.Sc degree in Economics
President of Hellenic Society and member of the Student Union Executive Committee

1979-1980, London School of Economics and Political Science, M.Sc degree in Economics

1980-1982, Compulsory Military Service in the Hellenic Navy

1982-1984, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, MBA
Designed and run a 2nd year economics tutorial at Harvard College

1984-1986, Strategic Planning Associates, Consultant in Washington DC, London, Brussels

1986 – present, UBS (and predecessor organisations), Investment Banker with stints in London , Paris, London and Athens. For the last 10 years as Managing Director Head of Greece and Joint Head of Central and Eastern Europe. He has been involved in a large number of landmark transactions and Government advisory work in Greece, Turkey, France, etc.



Peter A. Zarcades 


Peter A. Zarcades was born in 1933 and raised in Athens, Greece. He attended Athens College (class of 1952). He graduated from Stanford University in California in 1956 with a degree in Electrical Engineering (electronics) and continued with graduate studies at UCLA.

Following graduation, Peter worked as an electronics engineer for a digital instrumentation company in San Diego, California, where he became director of engineering. In 1967 Peter founded Doric Scientific Corporation, a highly successful industrial digital instrumentation company. Doric Scientific was acquired by Emerson Electric in 1974. In 1979, Peter, along with a partner, founded Midtown Niki Group, a commercial real estate investment company, which continues to grow to this date.

Peter is married and resides in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

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