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Three New Members Named to Board of Trustees

Accomplished alumni bring expertise, purple pride to the Board of Trustees

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Three new members have been elected to the Northwestern University Board of Trustees. 

They are: 

Kathryn Mlsna, chief strategy and integration officer, legal officer of the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana 

Michael S. Shannon, founder and managing director of KSL Capital Partners 

Emory Williams III, former chairman of ERA Mining Machinery Limited 

Kathryn Mlsna is the chief strategy and integration officer; legal officer of the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Mlsna is the incoming president of the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) in the fall of 2014 and an officer of the NAA Board. Mlsna is a member of the Law School Fund Board at Northwestern. She received a B.A. from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University and a J.D. from the School of Law at Northwestern University. 

Michael Shannon is the founder and Managing Director of KSL Capital Partners, a $3.5 billion private equity firm headquartered in Denver, Colorado, which invests in the hospitality, real estate and leisure industries. He previously founded and served as CEO of KSL Resorts and KSL Recreation in La Quinta, California and was President and CEO of Vail Associates, Inc. in Vail, Colorado.  Shannon currently serves on the Board of Directors of Safeway, Inc., The Vail Valley Foundation, the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, Eisenhower Hospital and the Vail Health Services Board.  He holds a bachelor of Business and Administration from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Management in Accounting and Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. 

Emory Williams III is the former chairman of ERA Mining Machinery Limited, and serves on the Board of that company, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar, Inc. Williams served as chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China from 2005 to 2006 and vice chairman in 2004. He was also a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in China’s AmCham Washington Doorknock team in 1998, 1999 and 2000. He earned a B.A. from Middlebury College, and an M.B.A. from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

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