Widener Names Leslie Brun to Board of Trustees
The Widener University Board of Trustees recently elected Leslie A. Brun, chairman
and chief executive officer of Sarr Group, LLC, a diversified holding company for
his investments, to serve on the board.
A resident of Bryn Mawr, Pa., Brun brings more than 30 years of investment banking, commercial banking and financial advisory experience to the board. "Les' vast experience in the financial industry will be a tremendous asset to Widener as we continue to strengthen our position as a leading metropolitan university," said Widener President James T. Harris III.
Previously, Brun served as managing director and head of investor relations in the New York office of CCMP Capital Advisors. He founded and was chairman emeritus of Hamilton Lane, the world's leading private equity advisory and management firm, and was a member of the board of directors of the Richcourt Group, a Hamilton Lane company specializing in hedge fund management.
Brun serves as chairman of the boards of directors of Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) and Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. Additionally, he serves on the boards of directors of NXT Capital and Merck & Co., Inc., for which he also chairs the Audit Committee. In addition, he was chairman of the U.S. Small Business Administration's SBIC Advisory Council, and a member of the Committee for the Reinvention of the Small Business Administration. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Brun began his career with Chemical Bank in Seoul, South Korea, where he was assistant vice president and chief credit officer. He later served as managing director and co-founder of the investment banking group of Fidelity Bank in Philadelphia, vice president in the corporate finance division of E. F. Hutton & Co., and vice president of Lloyds International Corporation.
Most recently, Brun was inducted to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Investment Companies. He was also honored as the recipient of the 2012 Visionary Award from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in Philadelphia.
Brun holds a bachelor's degree from State University of New York at Buffalo, where he has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus, and is a former trustee of the University of Buffalo Foundation, Inc. He is also a former trustee of The Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pa.
Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences and professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate's, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, PA, and Wilmington, DE, serve approximately 6,300 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free university. Visit the university's website, www.widener.edu, for more information.
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