Updated July 10, 2012
Smith College Board of Trustees Elects New Members
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – The Smith College Board of Trustees recently elected six
new members to serve five-year terms beginning July 1, 2012.
Neelum Amin of Rye, N.Y., is an adjunct professor at Westchester Community
College. She has resided, volunteered and worked in countries around the world,
including Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Germany, Switzerland and Britain. Her volunteer efforts for Smith include serving on the President’s Council, an advisory board, and
the Smith College Medal Committee, which annually recognizes alumnae who have
made a significant impact in the world. After graduating from Smith in 1986 with a
degree in economics, Amin earned a master’s in history from Western Connecticut
Sanford Belden of Hatfield, Mass., is the former president and chief executive of
Community Bank System, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange-traded banking company
with 130 branches. Now retired, Belden is an active member in the community.
He serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts,
Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and Pioneer Valley
Habitat for Humanity. Belden earned a doctorate in agricultural economics from
Margaret M. Eisen of Norwalk, Conn., is an investment professional with expertise
in asset management and pension strategies. She oversaw multi-billion dollar
portfolios as the managing director of equities and strategy for two of the largest
corporate pension funds in the U.S., at DuPont and General Motors. Additionally,
Eisen is the first managing director of marketing and communications at CFA
Institute, a global, nonprofit organization of investment professionals. After
graduating from Smith in 1975 with a major in government and minor in economics,
Eisen earned a master’s in education from Lesley University, and a master’s of
business administration from Babson College.
Eve N. Hunter, originally from Hebron, Maryland, served as president of the Smith
College Student Government Association before graduating in 2012 with a degree in
East Asian languages and cultures. While at Smith, Hunter also pursued coursework
through two programs in Beijing. She was a member of the Smith crew team and
the a cappella group Crapapella, and a disc jockey at WOZQ. Hunter is currently an
intern at the Harvard Kennedy School, conducting research on nuclear security.
Alison Overseth of New York, is the executive director of the Partnership for After-
School Education (PASE), a nonprofit organization that works with more than 1,600
community-based youth-serving agencies to improve the quality of after-school
education programs available to young people living in poverty in New York City.
Additionally, Overseth serves on various other nonprofit boards. After graduating
from Smith in 1980 with a degree in economics, Overseth earned a master’s of
business administration from Columbia University.
Lois D. Thompson of Los Angeles, Calif., is a partner at the global law firm
Proskauer Rose LLP. Thompson’s experience includes securities, antitrust,
complex real estate and construction, and intellectual property matters, as well
as employment law litigation. She is a board member at a number of nonprofit
organizations in Los Angeles and is the president of the California Women's Law
Center. She has served Smith in various volunteer capacities, including as a director
of its alumnae association. After graduating from Smith in 1966 with a degree in
government, Thompson earned her law degree from Columbia University.
Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction. One of the largest
women’s colleges in the United States, Smith enrolls 2,800 students from nearly
every state and 62 other countries.