Centre College Board of Trustees welcomes three new members

by Centre College News

Centre College News
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E. Mark Fishman, Susan Stockton and CJ Donald ’14 have been named to Centre College's Board of Trustees.

The winter meeting of the Centre College Board of Trustees took place February 1-2 and included the election of two new board members and one young alumni board member. The new members are E. Mark Fishman, Susan Stockton and CJ Donald ’14.

“We are pleased that these experienced leaders will be serving Centre College in these important roles,” President Milton C. Moreland said. “Their knowledge and talent are a welcome addition to the College’s stellar Board of Trustees.” 

Centre’s Board of Trustees is the College’s governing body. It is comprised of alumni, parents and friends who bring a strong commitment to the College's academic mission and long-term interests. Young alumni trustees have graduated within the last 10 years and are elected to non-renewable three-year terms with full voting rights and could be considered later for traditional four-year terms as appropriate.

“Centre has tremendous trustees who generously share their time and expertise to help lead the College forward,” Moreland said. “We’re pleased to welcome Susan, Mark and CJ.”

E. Mark Fishman

E. Mark Fishman

As the parent of Cameron Fishman ’12, a four-year letter-winner catcher for the Centre baseball team, Mark Fishman has served as an Athletic Advisory Council member and a strong advocate for Centre’s Initiative for Wellness and Athletic Excellence (IWAE). His support was recognized with the naming of Fishman Park, an area that includes Gary Wright Field, as well as an auxiliary baseball facility and batting tunnels.

“I was able to see first-hand the transformative nature of a Centre education during Cameron’s time as a student,” Fishman said. “I look forward to continuing to serve the College as a member of the Board and helping future generations of Centre graduates take advantage of all the opportunities the College provides.”

After earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at UCLA, and a master’s degree in mathematics at Loyola Marymount University, Fishman is now a shareholder, partner and enrolled actuary at Actuaries Unlimited, Inc. headquartered in Encino, California. He is also a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries (CCA) and a member of both the American Society of Enrolled Actuaries (ASEA) and the American Academy of Actuaries (AAA).

Fishman currently splits his time in Sherman Oaks, California and in Dana Point, California with his partner, Carrie. He is the father of two sons, Cameron ’12 and Evan.

Susan Stockton

Susan Stockton headshot

Susan Stockton’s career has taken her around the globe. A retired attorney who previously worked as a senior counsel for General Electric and founded Stockton Consulting in Geneva, Switzerland, she is currently the national president of Kappa Delta. For more than 30 years, Stockton has been a powerful advocate for global businesses and women’s organizations. Now, she is dedicating her time to helping others through philanthropy and service.

Stockton started her career at Taft Law in Cincinnati, Ohio, before joining the General Electric Company, working in Cincinnati; Geneva, Switzerland; and Kobe, Japan. She and her family settled in Los Angeles in 2009 when she left the practice of law and began focusing on board and philanthropic work, especially focusing on organizations supporting women and families.

“I am delighted to join the Board of Trustees for Centre College,” Stockton said. “A top-tier college education can unlock a world of opportunities, and Centre’s mission of educating well-rounded students prepared for lives of learning, leadership and service in a global society strikes a chord with me and connects with my values.”

Stockton has volunteered for Kappa Delta Sorority for more than 30 years and currently serves as the board chair and national president. She is also a director on the Kappa Delta Foundation board and Prevent Child Abuse America board. Stockton has previously served as a member of the University of Kentucky College of Law Dean’s Visiting Committee, the Wildwood School board, and as a member of the parent organizations of Harvard-Westlake School and Le Lycée de Los Angeles. 

Stockton graduated magna cum laude from Western Kentucky University, earned her juris doctor at the University of Kentucky College of Law, summa cum laude, and served on the editorial board of the Kentucky Law Journal.

She and her husband, Chris Walther ’88, live in Los Angeles and have two children, Rollin and Emma. 

CJ Donald

CJ Donald headshot

Young Alumni Trustee CJ Donald ’14 has been actively involved with his alma mater — both before and after graduation. While a student, Donald was a resident director, a member of the student judiciary, a sports columnist for the student newspaper, manager for men’s lacrosse and was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He was chosen by his peers as homecoming king and recipient of the Max P. Cavnes Prize, awarded to the best-loved and most-respected senior man.

“My time at Centre shaped my life and opened countless doors for me professionally and personally,” Donald said. “I am excited for this opportunity to help shape the College’s future and see more closely how Centre prepares students to blaze new paths for themselves and make the world a better place.” 

While pursuing a juris doctor at Vanderbilt University, Donald was a law clerk for the Vanderbilt Office of the General Counsel and an intern for Vanderbilt athletics. He participated in Vanderbilt’s Moot Court Competition and the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition.

In 2019, he married his college sweetheart, Emily Robbins Donald ’14, who had completed a graduate degree in business at the University of Kentucky, and the two started their life together in Dallas, Texas, where he joined Haynes Boone. He represents financial institutions, private equity firms and commercial borrowers in various financial transactions. Donald also represents clients in the entertainment, hospitality and sports industries on corporate matters. In addition to his practice at Haynes Boone, he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he teaches Sports Law.

CJ Donald ’14 is the brother of Maddie Donald ’21, and Emily Donald ’14 is the sister of Elizabeth Robbins ’20. CJ and Emily reside in Lexington, Kentucky.