March 11, 2010

New Case Western Reserve Trustees Charles E. Hallberg and James Clair Wyant Bring Strong University Connections, Wide-ranging Experience


The two newest trustees elected to Case Western Reserve University’s board have strong personal ties to the university and distinctive academic and business experiences.

Charles E. Hallberg, 59, of Naples, Fla., and James Clair Wyant, 66, of Tucson, Ariz., both Case Western Reserve alumni, began as trustees Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, for terms running until the spring of 2014.

A student-athlete who majored in physics while earning his bachelor’s degree from Case Institute of Technology in 1965, Wyant is dean of the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, one of the world's foremost teaching and research programs in optics.

Hallberg, an active member of the executive committee reviewing Case Western Reserve’s readiness for a capital campaign, graduated from the Case Western Reserve School of Law in 1977. He is founder of MemberHealth LLC, in Solon, Ohio.

"We are delighted to have two such accomplished graduates join the Board of Trustees," said board Chair Bud Koch.

"Each has first-hand experience of the ways a Case Western Reserve education can help prepare an individual for success in life," said President Barbara R. Snyder.

James Clair Wyant

James Clair Wyant was named dean of the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona in 2005. Prior to that, Wyant had a long and distinguished career as a University of Arizona faculty member. He received his doctorate from the University of Rochester, in Rochester, N.Y., in 1968 after previously achieving his Master of Science degree there.

Wyant was a co-founder of the WYKO Corporation and served as its president and board chairman from 1984 to 1997 when it was sold to Veeco. WYKO designed and manufactured high precision optical metrology instrumentation widely used in the magnetic data storage industry. In 2002 he co-founded the 4D Technology Corporation and he currently serves as its board chairman.

In April 2008, Wyant funded the naming of the track at the Village at 115 in honor of Bill Sudek, his coach, mentor and friend when Wyant was a student at the Case Institute of Technology, now Case Western Reserve University.

Charles E. Hallberg

Before earning his law degree from Case Western Reserve, Charles E. Hallberg graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974 from the University of Massachusetts.

Hallberg's business experience has allowed him to grow MemberHealth into a leading prescription benefit management company that administers one of the nation’s largest Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. In 2007, MemberHealth became part of the Universal American Corp. family of companies. As a result, MemberHealth now operates as a subsidiary of Universal American and is an integral part of Universal American’s “Healthy Collaboration” model for health care.

MemberHealth has more than 63,000 pharmacies in its nationwide network and provides exceptional customer service to the more than 1.7 million members it serves.

For more information contact Marv Kropko, 216.368.6890.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, March 11, 2010 11:18 AM | News Topics: Alumni, School of Law, Trustees

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