Board Of Trustees

Founding Board

  • Mr. Robert Kellogg (Chair)
  • Mr. Marshall Brement
  • Mr. Don Fry
  • Mr. Steingrimur Hermannsson
  • Ms. Sigridur Duna Kristmundsdottir

Current Board


John T. Casteen III (Chair)
John Casteen served as president of the University of Virginia from August 1990 through August 1, 2010. After teaching English at the University of California (Berkeley) and the University of Virginia, Mr. Casteen became the Commonwealth of Virginia’s secretary of education in 1982. He served until 1985. From 1985 to 1990, he was president of the University of Connecticut.

Mr. Casteen has been a director of the American Council on Education and has served on many other education-related boards. Mr. Casteen was named the Outstanding Virginian of 1993. He is a recipient of a number of honors and awards including the state conference of the American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) Jackson Davis Award (1993); the doctor honoris causa from the University of Athens in Greece (1996); the University of Virginia’s outstanding alumnus of the year (1998); and the Gold Medal of the National Institute of Social Sciences (1998). Mr. Casteen writes short fiction as well as essays and papers in medieval literature, bibliography, and public policy. A collection of his short stories received the 1987 Mishima Award for fiction.

Mr. Casteen holds three degrees in English from the University of Virginia (B.A. with high honors in 1965, M.A. in 1966, and Ph.D. in 1970). He served as UVA’s dean of admissions from 1975 to 1982.

Lilja Alfreðsdóttir
Lilja Alfredsdóttir is a member of Althingi the Parliament of Iceland, and Vice-Chair of the Progressive Party, since 2016. In April 2016 Ms Alfredsdóttir entered national politics and assumed the position of Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade. Before her appointment as Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Alfredsdottir served as Deputy Director of the Central Bank of Iceland’s General Secretariat and International Affairs Department. Since her graduation from Columbia University, Alfredsdottir has been a central banker, apart from temporary secondments to Iceland’s Prime Minister’s Office as a Special Liaison and previously, to the International Monetary Fund’s Nordic-Baltic Executive Office as an Advisor.

Ms. Alfredsdottir holds a Master’s degree in International Economic Policy from Columbia University and received a Fulbright grant during her studies. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Iceland. At the Central Bank and in previous positions, Lilja has focused her career on international economic affairs and domestic policy making.

Nancy Marie Brown
Nancy Marie Brown is the author of five general interest books and one young adult novel about Iceland and the medieval world: Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them (published in September 2015), The Saga of Gudrid the Far-Traveler (the novel; published in June 2015), Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths (2012), The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages (2010), The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman (2007), and A Good Horse Has No Color: Searching Iceland for the Perfect Horse (2001).
Her books combine extremes: medieval literature and modern archaeology, myths and facts. They ask, What have we overlooked? What have we forgotten? Whose history must not be lost?

For 20 years, Nancy worked as a science writer and editor for Research/Penn State magazine, published by Penn State University. She is also the coauthor, with geneticist Nina V. Fedoroff, of Mendel in the Kitchen: A Scientist’s View of Genetically Modified Foods (2004).

She holds a B.A. in English (from the Writing Option, 1981) and an M.A. in Comparative Literature (with emphases in Arthurian Romance and Icelandic Saga, 1984), both from Penn State. She turned to writing books full time in 2003, when she moved to a farm in northern Vermont where she and her husband, author Charles Fergus, keep four Icelandic horses and an Icelandic sheepdog. She spends part of each summer in Iceland, offering history and horseback tours in collaboration with the company America2Iceland.

Susan Greer Harris
Susan Greer Harris is a 1987 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. She did undergraduate work at Amherst College and the University of Minnesota, where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science in 1982. She is currently the Secretary to the Board of Visitors and Special Assistant to the President at the University of Virginia, and has served in this role since May 2009. As the University of Virginia did not have a president during the first 85 years of its existence, the Secretary to the Board is the oldest administrative position at the University, created when the University was chartered in 1819. Ms. Harris is the first woman to hold the position.

Ms. Harris has served in the University of Virginia administration for 28 years, initially in the Office of the General Counsel and then as Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, where she worked closely with specific units reporting to the EVP/COO including athletics, the UVA Medical Center, police, emergency management, the University of Virginia Foundation, and the University of Virginia Investment Management Company.

Ms. Harris is a trustee and secretary/treasurer of the University of Virginia Alumni Board of Trustees, and a trustee and secretary to the board of the Leifur Eiríksson Foundation. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Child Aid, a foundation that operates teacher training and literacy programs in Guatemala; the Colonnade Club, which is the faculty club of the University of Virginia; and the Foundation of the State Arboretum of Virginia. She is a former member and chair of the Charlottesville Salvation Army Advisory Board. Memberships include the Association of Governing Boards, the Association of Board Secretaries, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Virginia State Bar, and the American Bar Association.

Kristín Ingólfsdóttir
Kristín Ingólfsdóttir served as President of the Governing Council and Rector of the University of Iceland from 2005 to 2015. She is a professor at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Iceland and is currently a visiting professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Kristín serves on the Board of Governors at the University of Luxembourg, Board of Trustees of the Leifur Eiríksson Foundation, Board of European Women Rectors´Association (EWORA), and Board of the Össur and Ottobock Research Fund. She has previously been a board member of the European University Association (EUA), Nordic University Association (NUS), Nordic Academy for Advanced Study, NorFA (now NordForsk), and the Icelandic Research Council. She was a longstanding member of the Medicine Council of the Icelandic Medicines Agency and served as representative at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in London.

Kristín received her degree in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Iceland and her PhD degree from King´s College, University of London in the field of pharmaceutical chemistry, focusing on natural products. Her research mainly involved isolation and chemical identification of pharmacologically active compounds from lichens, mosses, and marine organisms. In addition to pharmaceutical and healthcare concerns, her interests are focused on educational innovation and policy and the use of technology in enhancing teaching and learning and providing equal access to education.

Officers

  • John T. Casteen III (Chair)
  • Susan G. Harris (Secretary)
  • Margo Eppard (Treasurer)