Mills College Elects New Board Chair

Oakland, CA—June 16, 2016

Members of the Mills College Board of Trustees elected Katie Sanborn as the new chair of the board at its May 2016 meeting. Sanborn replaced Kathleen Burke, who will continue to serve as a trustee during the 2016–17 year.

"I am extremely honored to be selected,” said Sanborn. “I look forward to working with the entire Mills community to develop a long-term strategy that will sustain the college well into the future. Mills has been part of my identity since I stepped onto the campus as a first-year student, and I am so proud of what Mills provides for its students and the community."

Sanborn is director of editorial services for OTR Global LLC. Previously a financial journalist for local newspapers and Money magazine, she was also a founding editor of Curve magazine. Sanborn serves on the board of the Istituto Italiano Scuola of the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco and on the board of the Palo Alto Area Mills College Club. She has a bachelor’s degree from Mills College, Class of 1983, and a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Sanborn has been a Mills College trustee since 2013 and chaired the College’s most recent Presidential Search Committee, which led to the board’s election of Elizabeth L. Hillman as the 14th president in the College’s 164-year history. Sanborn also has served on numerous other committees, including the Advancement Committee, Audit Committee (chair, 2014–16), Committee on Trustees, Educational Policies Committee, Enrollment and Financial Aid Committee, Executive Committee, Executive Compensation Committee, and Presidential Assessment Committee (chair, 2015–16).

"I enthusiastically support the election of Katie Sanborn as the new chair of the board," said Mills College President Alecia A. DeCoudreaux. "Her standing as a proud alumna and a respected trustee and her commitment and diligent efforts on behalf of the Mills community provide her with a strong foundation for this leadership position."

The Board of Trustees cited outgoing Burke's outstanding leadership on the board, her unwavering support of the College, and her commitment to advancing women through education. Burke, the former executive director of the Stupski Foundation and vice chairman of Bank of America Corporation, has been on the board for ten years and has served as chair for seven.

Viji Nakka-Cammauf, MA '82, president of Little Flock Children's Homes, and Yvonne Payne Daniel, MA '75, professor emerita of dance and Afro-American studies at Smith College, were ratified by the board as alumna trustees; Simon Pyle, MFA '13, and Tess Filbeck Bates '15, MBA '16, were elected by the board as recent graduate trustees.

Retiring trustees include Richard Barrett P '93, Wendy Brody '68, Melissa Stevenson Diaz '91, Lucy Do '75, Modesta Tamayo '12, and Barbara A. Wolfe '65.

Under its bylaws, Mills College is governed by a 42-member board of trustees, which includes the president of the College.

About Mills College
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. Ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills is also recognized as one of The Best 380 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers who take and inspire action. For more information, visit