June 9, 2014
A returning member and a new alumnus have been invited to join Albion College's Board of Trustees. James Wilson, '77, and Don Strite, '14, will begin active service with the board beginning July 1.
A member of the board from 1999-2005, Wilson (top right) is director of the Gene Therapy Program and a professor in the department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Wilson is internationally known for research on gene therapies that could treat diseases such as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy. He and his lab are exploring the potential of viruses for transferring new genes into organs damaged by genetic disease. Wilson is also past president of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy.
Strite (bottom right) graduated cum laude from Albion College in May, with a degree in economics and management and a Gerstacker Institute concentration. Strite was captain of Albion's track and field team, and also captained the College's American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Collegiate Competition team, which finished second in the 2012 national contest. Strite co-founded the Albion student service group Cosby Sweater Mondays and was a volunteer tax preparer with Albion's VITA group. This fall, Strite will begin work with Ernst and Young in Detroit. He graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor.