Bertini, U.N. Under Secretary General for Management. Bertini focuses on
improving communication and information technology, intensifying efforts to
recruit more women to the U.N. staff and revamping the budget process. She
headed the U.N. World Food Programme for 10 years, which earned her the 2003
World Food Prize. She has been recognized for her work in getting food aid
to desperately hungry people in remote locations.
president of Comcast Cable, the country's leading cable and broadband
communications provider, and a Colgate University alumnus. Burke heads the country’s largest cable
television company with more than 21 million video customers and more than
4.8 million high-speed Internet customers. His work at Comcast has earned numerous industry
honors including the 2003 Multichannel News Cable Operator of the Year award
and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association 2001 Vanguard award
for Cable Operations Management.
John Samuel Mbiti, Anglican priest. Born in Kenya, Mbiti taught
Theology and Religion for many years at Makerere University in Uganda. After
that he served as Director of the Ecumenical Institute Bossey, of the World
Council of Churches near Geneva, Switzerland. He has been visiting professor
at many universities in Europe, America, Canada and Australia and has
travelled widely in many countries. Professor Mbiti has published over 400
articles, reviews and books on theology, religion, philosophy and
literature. Currently he is part-time professor at the University of Bern,
and parish minister in Burgdorf, Switzerland.
McGahern, author. Widely considered to be the finest Irish writer of
fiction at work today, McGahern is the author of a number of novels and
short story collections, among them “The Barracks,“ “Amongst Women,” winner
of the GPA Book Award and the Irish Times Award, “The Collected Stories,”
and his latest, “By the Lake.” Ten times a visiting professor in the
Department of English at Colgate, McGahern also has been a visiting
professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. He is the
recipient of many awards and honors, including the Society of Authors'
Award, the American-Irish Award, and others, and his work has appeared in
anthologies and has been translated into many languages.
Michael Wolk, Clinical Professor of Medicine. Wolk graduated from
Colgate University and went on to earn his medical degree from Columbia P&S
and completed his residency in internal medicine as chief resident at
Downstate Medical Center. Cardiology training ensued at both Tufts-New
England Medical Center and Cornell-NY Hospital. For five years he was full
time at Cornell working in the NIH supported Myocardial Infarction Research
Center. Since 1981 he has been a solo practitioner at Weill-Cornell where he
currently is a clinical professor of medicine. Wolk chairs the Fund for
Medicine within the department of medicine and is the president of the
Michael Wolk Heart Foundation, which raised over $3.5 million from patients
to provide research prizes and seed money for promising young cardiologists
beginning investigative careers. He is president of the 800 member IPA at
Weill-Cornell. He is a trustee emeritus of Colgate University and received
the annual outstanding alumni award in June 2000. In March 2003, he assumed
the office of president-elect of the American College of Cardiology.