The Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members

August 29, 2011

Earlier today, Menlo College's Board of Trustees welcomed three new members and one returning member as part of its fall agenda. Comprised of leaders in business and industry, the board meets three times per year and plays a key role in providing leadership to the College under the direction of President James J. Kelly. “It is a great pleasure and honor to have these individuals join us and help expand the collective knowledge of our board,” said President Kelly. “I hope they will find the connection as rewarding as we do.”

Dr. David Chien has been instrumental in the success of some of the Bay Area’s most important biotechology and pharmaceutical companies. After receiving a Ph.D in biophysics at UC Berkeley in 1978 and completing his postgraduate work at UCSF, he worked in the biotechnology industry for more than 32 years. Dr. Chien was the Senior Director of Research at Chiron and then Novartis. His research in hepatitis C diagnostics and hepatitis B vaccine development has been credited with preventing more than five million blood transfusion recipients from acquiring hepatitis. After retiring from Novartis in 2008, he now consults for biotech companies here and in Asia. Dr. Chien became acquainted with Menlo College President James Kelly through a nonprofit organization he and his wife, Chia-Chia Chien, established: Culture to Culture Foundation, which works to increase mental health awareness and education in the Asian-American community. “President Kelly is very devoted person with a vision,” said Dr. Chien. “I am happy to do anything I can help to forward this vision with my background in biotechnology and entrepreneurship.”

Thor Geir Ramleth, SBA '87, is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Bechtel Group, a global corporation specializing in engineering, construction, and project management, a position he has held since 2002. Before then, he was the chaiman and CEO of DigiPlex, a Zurich-based networking company, and CEO of Genuity, a Bechtel Enterprises company that provided Internet and data services. Mr. Ramleth has also held management positions with Oracle, PageMart, and PacTel Personal Communications. “After working for companies in the global marketplace, I think that Menlo College's focus on training the next generation of business leaders in cultural and social diversity is right on point,” he said.

Tom Scannell’s experience is in the financial transactions that fuel Silicon Valley. After receiving his undergraduate degree and MBA from Stanford University, he spent several years at large Valley firms including Hewlett-Packard and Raychem. He then served as CFO for several venture capital-backed start-ups and took two of them through their initial public offerings. He currently runs his own consulting firm, Tom Scannell and Associates, which provides interim CFO services to small medical and high-tech companies. “I’m very excited to be joining Menlo's Board of Trustees, and look forward to helping the school expand its role as ‘Silicon Valley's Business College.’” said Mr. Scannell.


Rejoining the board is Harry W. Kellogg, ’63. “I'm pleased to be returning to the board after a hiatus,” said Mr. Kellogg, who is Vice Chairman of Silicon Valley Bank in Menlo Park. “I'm looking forward to working with my fellow board members on strategic goals and believe strongly in the school's mission.” After more than 20 years as a banker, he joined Silicon Valley Bank in 1986 as Senior Vice President of the Technology Division and has served the company in a variety of capacities. Mr. Kellogg is actively involved in many civic and industry organizations and serves on the boards of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, The Computer History Museum, and the Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship.