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Wheaton Distinguished Fellows named for 1999-2000

Bankers Trust Chairman Emeritus Frank Newman, Nantucket Nectars co-founder and chief executive officer Tom Scott and WBZ-TV evening news anchor Liz Walker have been named as Wheaton Distinguished Fellows for the 1999-2000 academic year

Bankers Trust Chairman Emeritus Frank Newman, Nantucket Nectars co-founder and chief executive officer Tom Scott and WBZ-TV evening news anchor Liz Walker have been named as Wheaton Distinguished Fellows for the 1999-2000 academic year.

Wheaton's Distinguished Fellows program, in keeping with the college's emphasis on combining a challenging liberal arts education with real-world experience, seeks to expose Wheaton students to the perspectives of outstanding leaders for insight about how academic disciplines are applied successfully in the worlds of business, law, journalism, medicine and science. The Fellows each meet with selected Wheaton courses in addition to participating in the Distinguished Fellows Forum, a major public forum addressing issues of national and international importance.

"The Wheaton Distinguished Fellows Program brings Boston leaders to campus to talk with students on a personal basis. Our students value the chance to get to know these major Boston figures as individuals and learn a lot from them, helping them make the transition from college to the working world," said Wheaton President Dale Rogers Marshall "The Fellows have told me how impressed they by our students and what they see on campus, which helps Wheaton build closer ties with the larger Boston metropolitan area."

Frank Newman was named Chairman Emeritus of Bankers Trust in mid-1999 after serving as chairman and chief executive officer of both Bankers Trust Corporation and its principal banking subsidiary, Bankers Trust Company, one of the largest international financial institutions based in the U.S. Before joining Bankers Trust, Newman was the deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the United States Treasury Department. He represented the Treasury on the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, and chaired the Advanced Counterfeit Deterrence Steering Committee, which includes the Federal Reserve, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the Secret Service. Newman’s career has also included positions with BankAmerica Corporation as chief financial officer, and with Wells Fargo Bank as chief financial officer.

Widely known as a "juice guy," Nantucket Nectars co-founder and chief executive officer Tom Scott started the popular juice company in 1989 after graduating from Brown University. The company’s roots were in Allserve, a boat business servicing visiting yachts in Nantucket Harbor. During their first winter in business, Scott and his partner Tom First began creating Nantucket Nectars. In 1991, they began selling the juice off-island through their own distribution company. Scott and First have now established markets in 40 states and internationally. Scott is active in the Boston business community with Do Something, an organization devoted to training and funding young people to be leaders, often through corporate support. He is also involved with a number of small start-up businesses.

Award-winning journalist Liz Walker is an evening news anchor of News 4 New England on Boston’s WBZ channel 4. Walker joined the station as a weekend anchor in 1980 and moved to her current position in 1981. Recognized for her exemplary work on the air and in the local community, Walker was honored with the Governor’s Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1997. She also received the Gabriel Award for a documentary she hosted and co-produced, "Friends Like These." Actively involved with WBZ’s public service campaigns, Walker serves as co-chair of the Jane Doe Safety Fund, a project to support safe houses for victim’s of domestic abuse around the Commonwealth and on the boards of several Boston service organizations such as The Urban League, the Big Sister Association, and the Pediatric AIDS Charitable Trust.

The Wheaton Distinguished Fellows Forum is the capstone event of the Wheaton Distinguished Fellows Program, an important initiative that brings outstanding leaders from Boston to Wheaton College. The 1999-2000 Wheaton Distinguished Fellows Forum, Public Faces, Private Business, on February 29, 2000 will allow students and the public an opportunity to deepen their understanding of this contemporary problem as Distinguished Fellows Frank N. Newman and Liz Walker discuss their experiences within the framework of this familiar, unresolved issue. The Forum, at 7:30 p.m. on February 29, 2000 in the Holman Room of Mary Lyon Hall, is open to the public without charge.

The Wheaton Distinguished Fellows Program was inaugurated in 1996. Past Wheaton Distinguished Fellows have included William Crozier Jr., Chairman Emeritus of BankBoston; The Honorable Margaret Marshall, Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts; Kenneth Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corp and Matthew Storin, Editor of the Boston Globe. Support for the Wheaton Distinguished Fellows Program comes from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, which provided a grant to inaugurate the program, and Wheaton Trustee Karen Strauss Cook '74, who established an endowment to ensure its future.