CHESTERTOWN, MD—Washington College announced that Governor Martin O’Malley has appointed Pew Charitable Trusts head Rebecca Webster Rimel and real-estate executive Margaret Goldstein Janney ’76 to serve on the College’s Board of Visitors and Governors. Rimel will serve a six-year term, and Janney will fill the remainder of a 4-year term. In addition, business executive Peter D. Davenport was reappointed to a new six-year term.
By agreeing to help guide the 230-year-old college, board members follow in the footsteps of General George Washington, who donated to its founding in 1782 and served on its first Board of Governors.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pew Charitable Trusts for the past 17 years, Rebecca Rimel has led the public charity’s expansion from about 60 employees in Philadelphia to more than 600 staffers located throughout the country and around the globe. The Pew Trusts fund data-driven solutions and goal-based investments to improve public policies, inform the public and stimulate civic life.
Rimel joined the Pew after a short but stellar career in nursing. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from the University of Virginia School of Nursing in 1973 and then worked as head nurse in the University of Virginia Hospital Emergency Department and as coordinator of outpatient facilities before becoming an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery. With that post, she became the first nurse to hold a faculty position at the University of Virginia Medical School. She has authored numerous scientific articles on head injuries.
After earning a master’s degree in business administration from James Madison University, Rimel started her work at Pew in 1983 as Health Program Manager. She was promoted to Executive Director five years later and accepted her current position in 1994. The work she oversees in Pew’s original office in Philadelphia focuses largely on urban issues and the arts, while the staff in the Washington, D.C., office works on issues related to the environment, state policy, public health and national economic issues. The internationally renowned Pew Research Center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Rimel is an emeritus Trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello and has served on advisory boards and committees for numerous other non-profits, including the Council of Foundations, the University of Virginia, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. She currently serves on the board of Deutsche Asset Management/DWS Funds and CardioNet, Inc. She also is a fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and a member of the American Philosophical Society and its prestigious Wistar Association. She lives in Kennedyville, Md., with her husband, Patrick Caldwell.
Margaret Goldstein Janney ’76 brings years of experience in government service and politics to the board, beginning with the time she spent campaigning with her father, the late Louis L. Goldstein ’35, a longtime member and former chair of Washington College’s Board of Visitors and Governors who served as Maryland Comptroller for nearly 40 years. A graduate of St. Stephens and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Va., she earned her B.A. in political science from Washington College and took graduate courses in government and public administration at American University.
Janney worked in Washington, D.C., in the office of Maryland Congressman Roy Dyson for several years before joining the staff of New Jersey Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, where she worked for seven years as Assistant to the Legislative Director. She finished her Capital Hill career as Executive Assistant to Senator Paul D. Wellstone of Minnesota, whom she served from March 1991 to May 1999. In 1996, she was awarded a Certificate of Service from the United States Senate.
Janney has worked in real estate since she and her husband, William R. Janney III ’76, moved to Naples, Fla. She was an owner and agent of Janney Real Estate Services for nearly a decade before joining Amerivest Realty as a realtor early this year. She has been active in alumni affairs for her alma mater, serving as the 1970s decade representative on the Washington College Alumni Council and as co-president of the South West Florida Alumni Chapter.
Returning Board member Peter D. Davenport is Vice President for Marketing at Thomas Scientific, a New Jersey-based company that distributes scientific equipment and laboratory supplies, including those manufactured in Chestertown at its subsidiary, LaMotte Company. Davenport also serves as Executive and Trustee of the Davenport Family Foundation.
In his other volunteer affiliations, he is a member of the Birmingham Township Planning Committee, a trustee of the Stroud Water Research Center, a member of the Board of Regents of Mercersburg Academy, and a Board member of the Brandywine River Museum. He and his wife, Sylvia, both graduates of Tufts University, live in Chadds Ford, Pa.