Chestertown, MD, February 11, 2004 — Washington College's Board of Visitors and Governors has announced the appointment of three new alumni trustees: Thomas Crouse, Class of 1959, appointed through the Alumni Council; Edward Nordberg, Class of 1982, appointed by Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich in accordance with the College charter; and H. Lawrence Culp, Jr., Class of 1985, appointed by the Board. Nordberg will serve a full six-year term, and Crouse and Culp will serve five years, replacing outgoing Trustees John Flato '69 and Libby Cater Halaby H'90.
Thomas C. Crouse '59, is chairman and founder of CIG International, LLC, a venture capital and investment firm headquartered in Washington, DC, with regional offices in New York, Chicago and Orlando. Prior to establishing CIG in 1985, Crouse worked for Citibank for 15 years, 10 of which he spent in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Jakarta. After an additional six years with a West Coast Bank and DC-based trading company, Crouse launched the venture that became CIG. He holds an MBA from Columbia University.
For Crouse, Washington College is a family affair, the college of his father, sister and several aunts and uncles. As an undergraduate, he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order, ODK, a track star, and the Clark-Porter Medal winner his senior year. Over the past several years, he has played increasingly important leadership roles. Serving as 40th Reunion Chair with classmate Ellen Reilly, he generated record levels of class giving that paid for the restoration of Norman James Theatre. He served as the first Chair of the Visiting Committee, is a member of the Milestone Council and the Greater Washington, DC, Campaign Cabinet, and this year serves on his 45th Reunion Committee. He and his wife, Kay, reside in Washington, DC.
After graduating from Washington College in 1982, Ed Nordberg continued his education and received an MBA from Loyola College in 1985 and a J.D. from Georgetown University in 1989. Formerly an attorney with the Washington, DC, firm of Williams & Connolly, he co-founded Health Care Financial Partners in 1993, serving as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and a Corporate Director. In 1999, Health Care Financial Partners was sold and Nordberg went on to co-found Medical Office Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust, where he currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer.
During his career at Washington College, Nordberg was a member of the lacrosse team and president of the senior class. Before joining the College's Board, he served on the College's Visiting Committee. He is also a member of the 1782 Society and Milestone Council and has made a leadership gift to the lacrosse endowment and established a scholarship that honors his grandmother, Helen Adams.
Nordberg is active in community service and is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Advisory Board for Rebuilding Together, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the living conditions of low-income, elderly and disabled individuals. He also is a supporter of the Tewaaraton Trophy, which is given each year by the University Club of Washington, DC, to the most accomplished men's and women's collegiate lacrosse players. He and his wife, Carolyn, and daughter Charlotte, reside in Washington, DC, and in Easton, MD.
Larry Culp is a 1985 graduate of Washington College and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1990. While at Washington College, Culp was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. Since May 2001, Culp has served as President and CEO of Danaher, a Fortune 500 company with a $14 billion market capitalization that is a world leader in the development and manufacture of process and environmental instrumentation, electronic test equipment, precision motion controls, product identification systems and medical technology. Culp is credited with developing the successful Danaher Business System (DBS) philosophy and management process that guides the Danaher group of companies.
In 1990, Culp joined Danaher subsidiary Veeder-Root and progressed to Vice President-Marketing and Sales before being appointed President in April 1993. In 1995, he was appointed Danaher Group Executive and Corporate Officer, overseeing Danaher's Environmental and Electronic Test and Measurement divisions. In 1999, he was appointed Executive Vice President of Danaher and in 2001 CEO. Culp is also a member of the Board of Directors of GlaxoSmithKline. He and his wife, Wendy, have three children and live in McLean, VA. “Tom, Ed, and Larry are highly talented, highly motivated individuals whose energy and ideas will be essential as we guide this College into the twenty-first century,” said Jay Griswold, Chairman of the Board of Visitors and Governors. “I welcome them back to their alma mater and greatly look forward to working with them.”