Drexel Board of Trustees Appoints New Members

Drexel University recently announced new appointments to its Board of Trustees. The new Drexel trustees are:

Jeffrey A. Beachell: A 1993 graduate of Drexel University's LeBow College of Business, Beachell is a senior partner of Veritable, LP, an investment advisory firm with offices in the Delaware Valley and San Francisco. Founded in 1986, Veritable currently manages over $13 billion for a total of 206 U.S. families. Beachell serves on Veritable’s three member Executive Committee and he is also a member its Investment and Operating Committees.

Beachell is a director of the Lenfest Foundation, which is focused on improving the lives of children and youth in Philadelphia and is a member of the advisory board of the Honickman Foundation, which supports the arts, health, education, social change and heritage. Prior to joining Drexel’s board, Beachell was a member of the President's Leadership Council at Drexel. The Beachell Family Learning Center at Drexel's Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships supports the University’s community outreach in West Philadelphia.

Jim Bean: A 1991 graduate of Drexel, Bean is vice president of Retail at Apple Inc., based in Cupertino, California. In the last 17 years at Apple, he has held several senior level positions and served on many internal committees dealing with strategic matters involving the executive team, the Board of Directors, as well as key external partners, including major carriers and Wall Street analysts. Bean leads a large, global team and oversees the operations of more than 450 stores in 17 countries.

He serves on several financial committees for profit and nonprofit organizations in Silicon Valley. Bean and his wife, Christine, have two children, Alex and Ciara, both in middle school. They also have a small family wine business—Bean Family Vineyards—which Christine Bean oversees in her creative spare time.

Bean graduated from Haverford High School where he played lacrosse. At Drexel, he played on the men’s lacrosse team and was a member of the Alpha Pi Lambda fraternity. He held three co-ops at KPMG and had an extensive career with various large technology companies. In 2010, he was named to the World Association for Cooperative Education Hall of Fame at Drexel.

Tom Caramanico: has been the president of McCormick Taylor, Inc., an engineering company, since 1988. He previously owned the company, having sold it to an internal group in 2011, and continues to serve as president. With 480 employees in 19 offices located in nine states, the firm specializes in transportation planning, environmental studies, traffic studies and highway and bridge design. Caramanico joined the firm in 1972 as a structural engineer and became president and CEO in 1988.

A vocal advocate for adequate infrastructure spending, Caramanico served on Governor Corbett’s Transportation Funding Advisory Commission. He also co-chairs the Infrastructure Working Group of the Greater Philadelphia Regional CEO Council for Growth.

He is active in the community as he serves on six other non-profit boards. These include The National Liberty Museum and Friends School Haverford — both of which he chairs. He is also active on the Boards of the Friends of Independence National Historical Park, Independence Visitor Center and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Caramanico and his family established the Caramanico Foundation to aid the development of quality education and teaching in Ratanakiri Province of Cambodia with targeted attention to three Caramanico Schools. The Foundation partners with William Penn Charter School, Villanova University School of Engineering, Christ Church Day School in New York and UN Women in Cambodia.

Caramanico earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Villanova University in civil engineering. Caramanico was appointed to Drexel’s Board as a Commonwealth trustee by Representative Frank Dermody, minority leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Anthony M Noce: is president of AMN Development, LLC, his own venture in commercial real estate development. Previously, he served as senior vice president and director of development at Pitcairn Properties Inc., where he was responsible for the strategic planning and analysis of Pitcairn's development and construction initiatives. Prior to joining Pitcairn in 2006, he was vice president and director of development and construction at The Rubenstein Company, LP, where he was responsible for the development and construction of the Valley Creek Corporate Center Phase I project and was instrumental in the acquisition and redevelopment of the Radnor Financial Center buildings located in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

From 1997 to 2000, he served as the director of project management for Nason and Culen, Inc, and from 1988 to 1997, he was senior vice president and general counsel for a large public sector general contractor specializing in roadway and infrastructure construction. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of the Bar in Pennsylvania. He earned a JD from Widener School of Law in 1986 after receiving his civil engineering degree from Drexel in 1980.

As a Drexel volunteer, he is chairman of the Drexel University Alumni Association Board of Governors and served as chair of the Alumni Constituent Group Task Force and the Campus Partnership Committee. He is also a member of the By-Laws and Policy Committee, having previously served as chair of the By-Laws and Policies Committee, and as a member of the Grants Program and Nominations Committees. Noce was a co-founder and past-president of the Drexel Inter-Fraternity Alumni Association, a group of Greek alumni members who support the Greek community at Drexel, and treasurer of the Pi Kappa Phi National Fraternity Properties Board.

Joseph Ujobai: is an executive vice president of SEI Investments Company and also managing director of SEI Investments (Europe) Limited based in London. He is responsible for the development of SEI’s worldwide private banks and distribution business.

Prior to this, Ujobai had overall responsibility for the start up of SEI’s business outside of the United States. From May 1996 to January 1999, he was the managing director of SEI Investments, Latin America, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Before these international assignments, Ujobai worked in various SEI businesses, managing large institutional relationships. He has also worked as senior vice president of Global Distribution for Kidder Peabody Asset Management, and as senior relationship manager at the IBM Corporation.

In 2014, Ujobai was appointed to serve on the Board of Commissioners of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

Ujobai served as co-chair for Elaine’s List, a philanthropic committee for an exhibit, “Elaine de Kooning: Portraits,” at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

He graduated from Drexel’s LeBow College of Business in 1984.