FAR Advisory Council

Judge Richard S. Bray

President & CEO, Beazley Foundation

Judge Richard Bray has served as president and CEO of the Beazley Foundation since 2002. Under his leadership, the Beazley Foundation has promoted stronger graduation requirements at Virginia colleges and universities through targeted grantmaking. For eight years prior to assuming its presidency, he was a trustee of the Foundation. Judge Bray previously served on the Court of Appeals of Virginia from 1991 to 2002 and on the Circuit Court of the City of Portsmouth, VA, from 1989 to 1991. Prior to joining the bench, he practiced law in Chesapeake, VA. He received his B.A. from Randolph-Macon College and his J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary.

Angela Choquette

Institutional Sales Director and Senior Philanthropic Specialist, U.S. Trust

Through her work at US Trust, Ms. Angela Choquette is dedicated to assisting individuals to formalize or engage in their family's philanthropy by offering foundation advisory, administrative, and fiduciary services. She also works with public charities in the areas philanthropic consulting, fiduciary policies and governance. In her current position Angela has received the following national awards: U.S. Trust President's Award, Bank of America Platinum Award, and three-time Merrill Lynch Highest Production Award.

Ms. Choquette has professional experience in private equity, management consulting, capital raising, and philanthropic fundraising. She holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in economics and engineering, graduating with honors, and has certifications in finance and philanthropy. Angela has worked professionally and as a volunteer for over 20 Dallas charities in chair, board, advisory, and host committee capacities.

Robert C. Dickeson, Ph.D.

President Emeritus, University of Northern Colorado

Robert C. Dickeson is the president emeritus of the University of Northern Colorado, past president of the Association of Public College and University Presidents, and co-founder of the Lumina Foundation for Education, now the nation’s largest private supporter of initiatives to increase college graduation rates. He also has served as Colorado’s commissioner to the Education Commission of the States and as a member of the Commission on Minorities in Higher Education. Currently, he is president and principal of Academic Strategy Partners. A graduate of the University of Missouri–Columbia, where he received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees, Dr. Dickeson is the author of more than 200 publications on higher education and public administration, including Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services (Second edition, 2010).

Michael C. Maibach

Managing Director, James Wilson Institute

Michael C. Maibach is a Fellow of the International Academy of Management, and Managing Director of the James Wilson Institute for Natural Rights and the American Founding. A seasoned professional in global business diplomacy, he previously served as President & CEO of the European-American Business Council, as well as Vice President of Global Government Affairs at the Intel Corporation. He serves on the Boards of the Witherspoon Institute, the Faith & Law Institute, ConSource, and the Society of Classical Poets. As an undergraduate, he was elected to the DeKalb County Board in Illinois, becoming the first person under 21 years of age elected to public office in U.S. history. A self-professed “lifelong learner,” Mr. Maibach has three BA degrees and three, soon to be four, MA degrees.

Brenda Pejovich

CEO, BFG Management Company LLC

Brenda Pejovich began her entrepreneurial career at the age of 23 by building a large-scale operations consulting firm which she sold to a Fortune 1000 firm. She has leveraged her involvement in many successful ventures by applying business principles to non-profit organizations, state agencies, and public service. Ms. Pejovich has received four gubernatorial appointments requiring Senate confirmation, including the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (2010-2017) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (2007-2010). She is a recognized leader in the promotion of free market ideas across the United States and Europe.

Ms. Pejovich is a board member of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, co-founder of the Professor Svetozar Pejovich Future Leaders Award for undergraduate economics students, and a prime sponsor of the World War II Memorial located on the Capitol grounds in Austin, Texas.

Peter Sulick

Chairman, CEO, and President, Dynasil Corporation of America. Nasdaq: DYSL

Mr. Sulick is at the helm of Dynasil, responsible for overseeing global operations and setting the course for the future of the corporation.  He was named Chairman of the Board in 2009, Interim CEO in 2012, and President and CEO in 2014. He has been a member of the Board since June of 2008.

Mr. Sulick came to Dynasil from Prism Microwave, where he was Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer. Prism provided RF conditioning products for the mobile wireless infrastructure industry. Earlier in his career, Mr. Sulick founded and led multiple broadcasting and telecommunications companies which were acquired by Nextel, T-Mobile, and others. Early in his career Mr. Sulick worked for Arthur Andersen & Co. and International Telepone & Telegraph (ITT) Corporation, both in NYC. 

Mr. Sulick received a B.S. in Business Administration from The Citadel and his MBA in finance from the University of Massachusetts. His professional successes and lifelong commitment to service were honored when he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Entrepreneurship from The Citadel in 2015.

Mr. Sulick is the Chairman, Emeritus of the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, which he has served on for approximately 20 years. He has been on the Board of The Citadel Foundation since 2008 currently serving as the Chair of the Audit Committee and past Treasurer.  He has been on The Citadel Baker School of Business Advisory board since 2002.  Mr. Sulick has funded a named endowed chair in accounting for a visiting Professorship at The Citadel. 

Mr. Sulick enjoys racing sailboats and playing with his grandchildren during his spare time.

 

 

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Truman Anderson

Executive Director, The Stuart Family Foundation

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