Tulane University Announces Two New Board Members

December 21, 2007

Mike Strecker
Phone: (504) 865-5210

David Barksdale, an executive with the Barksdale Management Company, a private equity and philanthropic investment firm based out of New York City and Jackson, Miss and Lawrence M.v.D Schloss, chairman and chief executive officer of Diamond Castle Holdings, LLC, a private equity firm also based out of New York, have joined the Board of Tulane.

Barksdale graduated magna cum laude from Tulane College in 2000 with a BA in Latin American Studies. He also earned his law degree from New York University and practiced law at the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York before joining the Barksdale Management Company. Before entering law school, David Barksdale was a legislative correspondent for Sen. Bill Frist.

Barksdale is a member of the Tulane School of Liberal Arts Dean's Advisory Council and   Tulane's President's Council. Barksdale is also an accomplished musician who recorded the album "Big Boot Shimmy" with the band Jonas Risin' at Tipitina's in New Orleans in 2001. Barksdale performed lead vocals and guitar on the album, which included guest artists Cyril Neville and Theresa Andersson.

Barksdale's family has a long connection to Tulane. His maternal grandfather, Thomas F.  McDonnell, was a 1939 Tulane Medical School graduate and his grandmother, Mary Bryan (Saunders) Barksdale, attended Newcomb College.  In December 2006, the Sally Barksdale Student Organizations Center was dedicated at Tulane's Lavin-Bernick Center in honor of Barksdale's late mother. Barksdale is also a newlywed, having wed Stephanie Bosse, a graduate student at NYU's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, in August.

Schloss is chairman and chief executive officer of Diamond Castle Holdings, LLC, a private equity firm, which he co-founded. He is the former global head of private equity at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB), a division of Credit Suisse Group.  Schloss was previously chairman of the merchant banking group of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc.

Schloss serves on the board of directors for MF Global Ltd., the world's leading broker of exchange-listed futures and options. He is also a board member of the New York Police and Fire Widows and Children's Benefit Fund and Performance Equity Management, LLC, the private equity affiliate of General Motors Investment Management Company.

Schloss graduated cum laude with a BA in economics from Tulane in 1976 and received a master of business administration degree in finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business in 1978.

A Tulane Scholar, he was a member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity and chair of the Student Welfare Committee at Tulane.  Schloss has served as chair of the President's Council at Tulane since 2005. He is a current member of the Tulane School of Liberal Arts Dean's Advisory Council and a past member of the former Tulane College Dean's Advisory Council and the Associates Committee. Schloss' wife the former Laurie S. Klayman graduated from Tulane's Newcomb College in 1977.

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