Three Alumni Join Board of Trustees

By Rebecca Ojserkis ’12

Walter Donovan ’85, Julie Segre ’87 and Jim Tsai ’85 are the newest members of the Amherst College Board of Trustees.

Donovan, a history and political science major at Amherst, is the chief investment officer and senior managing director of Putnam Investments in Boston.

James C. Tsai ’85


James C. Tsai ’85, elected to the Board of Trustees in 2011. He is president of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and chair of Ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine.  He was previously the Robert R. Young Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the Yale School of Medicine, as well as chief of ophthalmology at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Tsai holds a B.A. in neuroscience from Amherst, an M.D. from Stanford University School of Medi­cine and an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University. He did his residency in ophthalmology at the Doheny Eye Institute at the University of Southern California and then completed glaucoma fellowships at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Institute of Ophthalmology in London. Between 1995 and 2001, he worked at Vanderbilt University as an assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences and as director of the Residency Training Program and physician clinic manager at the Vanderbilt Eye Center. He then became chief of the Glaucoma Division and founding director of the Glaucoma Fellowship Programat theEdward S. Harkness Eye Institute of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons before arriving at Yale in 2006.