Portrait of Thomas C. Leppert ’77 by Justin Clemons Photography

The Claremont McKenna College Board of Trustees recently appointed Thomas C. Leppert ’77 a life trustee.

Leppert, who was elected mayor of Dallas in 2007, was a Claremont McKenna regular trustee for more than two decades. 


Robert L. Emett ’50, a member of the first four-year class of 1950 and a life trustee of Claremont McKenna College, died on December 20. He was 93. 

Emett served for 25 years as chief executive officer of Los Angeles-based Emett & Chandler, one of the nation’s largest insurance brokerage companies. It was worth $60 million when he sold it in 1986. Emett and his wife, sculptor Mary Anne Emett, were longtime residents of Orange County.

Laura Grisolano ’86

If you’re feeling like a sloth one day and the Energizer Bunny the next, you’re not alone. Laura Grisolano ’86 is helping clients at her firm, Bridge Mediation & Leadership Solutions, grapple with a number of new work-from-home challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s as if 2020 is “a big Monopoly board that’s been knocked into the air and no one knows quite how to put the disrupted game back together,” Grisolano said. Worse yet, the basic rules don’t even appear to be the same.


The Claremont McKenna College Board of Trustees recently appointed Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann ’94 as an Alumna Trustee. Dr. Altmann will serve a three-year term, which began on July 1, 2020.

The Claremont McKenna College Board of Trustees recently welcomed new trustee C. Steven McGann ’73, the former United States Ambassador to the Republics of Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, and the Kingdom of Tonga and Tuvalu. He also served as the Deputy Commandant of the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University.

McGann, founder of The Stevenson Group, an international consulting and global security strategist firm, was elected to a three-year term at the Board’s meeting on April 23. McGann previously served as an Alumnus Trustee.

John Shrewsberry ’87 P’24

John Shrewsberry ’87 P’24, senior executive vice president and chief financial officer of Wells Fargo & Company, was recently named a new member of Claremont McKenna’s Board of Trustees.

Shrewsberry was elected to a three-year term at the board’s meeting on April 23.

“I look forward to serving on the Board of Trustees and making an impact,” said Shrewsberry. “This is truly an honor.”

Marci Miller Image

Marci Lerner Miller '89 P'19 P'20, a disability and special education attorney who founded Miller Advocacy Group, has joined Claremont McKenna College’s Board of Trustees. Her three-year term was approved Feb. 22.

Miller launched Miller Advocacy Group 2013 as a special education law firm and counseling center. All of the firm’s attorneys and advocates are parents of children with disabilities and use their personal and professional experience to help families navigate the often complicated web of education and disabilities law.

Raymond Remy

Raymond Remy ’59, an influential leader in Los Angeles public affairs and life trustee of Claremont McKenna College, died on December 21. He was 82. 

A longtime resident of South Pasadena, Remy was president of RR Consulting, the political consulting firm he founded. He was a key figure in the rise of Los Angeles as a global metropolis. Remy was chief of staff and deputy mayor to Mayor Tom Bradley during a period of great economic and cultural advancement for Los Angeles.

Thomas B. Neff ’76 P’21, a voracious learner and unorthodox thinker who long intended to improve the world through scientific discovery, has died.

George Roberts

The two most popular courses at Claremont McKenna College are, as they have been for as long as many can remember, Economics 50 and Government 20.

The third? Computer Science 5.

The rise of computer science at CMC is not a shift from the College’s historic emphasis on economics and government, but a sign of the growing importance of data science and quantitative analysis in the social sciences, as well as the sciences and humanities.