Kwame Anthony Appiah, Mike Murray and Patrick Nutor have joined Ashesi's Board of Trustees. We now have seven trustees bringing various perspectives and areas of expertise to our strategic planning, financial management, and fundraising activities.

Kwame Anthony Appiah is Professor of Afro-American Studies and Philosophy at Harvard University. He was raised in Ghana and educated at Cambridge University. Among his published works are In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture, Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race, and Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, which he co-edited with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. In accepting our invitation to become an Ashesi trustee, Appiah stated, "I think what you are doing is terrific...I would be honored to be on your board."

Mike Murray recently retired from Microsoft Corporation, where he was Vice President of human resources. Explaining why he decided to join Ashesi's board, Murray stated: "[Patrick Awuah is] an exceptional person with the values, character and integrity of someone who can change the world. It's as simple as that." Murray brings excellent management experience to Ashesi's board.

Patrick Nutor, who already serves on our advisory council in Ghana, has agreed to join as a full member of our board of trustees. Nutor is Founder and Managing Director of Accu-Computers and Accu-Works Limited in Ghana. He previously worked as a senior field engineer at Schlumberger Wire Line Services and undertook graduate research in Super Conducting Field Effect Transistors at Dartmouth College's Thayer School of Engineering. (See previous article on Patrick Nutor for more details.) We are excited that Nutor is now deepening his involvement with the Ashesi project and adding greater local Ghanaian expertise to the board.

Together, our three new trustees bring a wealth of knowledge in African history, strategic planning, and specific implementation issues likely to be faced in Ghana. Their expertise and enthusiasm will contribute greatly to the realization of Ashesi's mission.

(For information on all of our advisors and trustees, see About Ashesi.)