December 17, 2003

Good Morning:

Here's some good holiday news for the Tulane University community. Elizabeth S. Nalty and Matthew B. Gorson were elected to the Board of Tulane, the university's main governing body, last week.

Elizabeth Nalty is the president of the Edward G. Schlieder Educational Foundation, which has helped Louisiana educational institutions since 1945. Through the years the foundation has funded numerous Tulane projects, including the establishment of several chairs, the funding of various facilities and the support of strategically important programs.

Betsy has also been personally involved in many aspects of Tulane life and the New Orleans community. She is a member of the Tulane President's Council, the LAS Dean's Advisory Council, the Board of Tulane Hospital and Clinic and the Board of Governors for the Tulane University Health Sciences Center. She also served as president of the Junior League of New Orleans and received its Sustaining Award for longtime service. Betsy is currently a member of the board of the Hermann-Grima/Gallier Historic Houses and a founding board member of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Betsy's husband, Donald, served on the Board of Tulane from 1984 to 1999 and held emeritus status until his death earlier this year. Donald was tireless in his work to better our community and Tulane University. It is reassuring to have Betsy on the Board to continue the Naltys' longtime commitment to Tulane.

Matthew Gorson is vice president and regional managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig LLP, a full-service international law firm with more than 1000 attorneys in 21 cities. Matt manages seven offices in the southeast region and serves on the firm's executive committee. His areas of expertise are real estate law, commercial lending and government relations. He represents many of Florida's largest developers, municipalities and landowners.

Matt earned a B.A. in political science with honors from Tulane in 1970 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago in 1973. He currently serves as a member of the Tulane University President's Council.

Matt also currently serves as chairman of the Downtown Miami Charter School, board member of the City of Miami Downtown Development Authority, trustee of Mount Sinai Hospital and chairman of the Alexis De Touqueville Campaign for United Way in Miami-Dade County. Matt has been listed in every edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" as well as the 2003 edition of "Chambers & Partners USA Guide" of leading business lawyers in the world.

I look forward to working with these two accomplished and dedicated individuals. Their wisdom and guidance will certainly be welcome as we face the challenges and opportunities of a new year.


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