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Board of Directors

The directors establish policy and annual goals, oversee fiduciary responsibilities and business affairs, and oversee management of the endowment and investments.

John Graham, chair
Chairman and CEO at Sunbelt Holdings
Election Year: 2018
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Nita Francis, vice chair
President, F2 Family Foundation
Election Year: 2016
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Members

Gretchen Buhlig
CEO, ASU Foundation
Election Year: 2017
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Malissia Clinton
Sr. VP, General Counsel & Secretary, The Aerospace Corporation
Election Year: 2018
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Michael M. Crow, Ph.D.
President, Arizona State University
Election Year: 2016
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José Cárdenas
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Arizona State University
Election Year: 2016
About: José Cárdenas is senior vice president and general counsel of Arizona State University. A 1977 Stanford University Law School graduate, he was a partner in the law firm of Lewis and Roca before joining ASU in 2009. Cárdenas has served on many boards including Chicanos Por La Causa, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association, and ASU Enterprise Partners. He is the host Horizonte, an Eight/KAET weekly public affairs program focused on Arizona issues through a Hispanic lens.

Doug Fulton
CEO, Fulton Homes
Election Year: 2019
About: Doug Fulton is CEO of Tempe-based Fulton Homes, a position he has held since 2007. Prior, he served as the president of Fulton Homes Sales Corp. Mr. Fulton also serves as a special deputy to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, flying helicopters for its Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association. After Hurricane Katrina, he assisted law enforcement agencies in delivering medical supplies to the New Orleans area. In addition to serving on the ASU Foundation Board, Mr. Fulton is a trustee and parent of ASU graduates.

Ira A. Fulton
Founder
Election Year: 2016
About: Ira A. Fulton was born in Tempe, Arizona in 1931. After attending Arizona State University on a football scholarship, Fulton went to work for National Cash Register. There, he rose to the heights of National Salesman of the Year. From NCR, he formed his own companies, serving the computer needs of many corporations. In 1974, Fulton became a consultant for Eagleson’s Big and Tall men’s clothiers, in southern California. During this same time-period, he formed Fulton Homes in Arizona, which he still runs today.

Virginia "Ginny" DeSanto
CFO and Treasurer, ASU Enterprise Partners
Election Year: 2016
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Mary Hentges
Former CFO, Paypal & Yapstone Inc.
Election Year: 2018
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Morgan Olsen
Executive VP of Business and Finance, Treasurer and CFO, Arizona State University
Election Year: 2016
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Harry Papp
Managing Partner, L. Roy Papp & Associates LLP
Election Year: 2016
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Bill Post
Former Chairman and CEO, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation
Election Year: 2016
About: Bill Post is a Valley leader and director of First Solar, Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Arizona, the City of Hope, the Translational Genomics Research Institute, and ASU Enterprise Partners. Under Post’s leadership, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiary, Arizona Public Service, became leaders in Arizona’s sustainable business. He founded Arizona Businesses Advancing Sustainability with Intel, which focuses on internal sustainable research and operations.

Emeriti Board Members

Angela Yin Cesal
Commissioner, Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission, Taiwan, Republic of China
Election Year: 2016
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Wayne S. Doran
Former VP, Ford Motor Co.; former Chairman, Ford Motor Land Development Corp.
Election Year: 2016
About: Wayne S. Doran served as a vice president of Ford Motor Company until 2000. Doran joined Ford Motor Company in 1969 and became chief executive of Ford Land when it formed in 1970. Before joining Ford Motor Company, he served as vice president and general manager of the land development division of Del E. Webb Corporation, Chicago, from 1963 to 1969. He has served on many boards including the Arizona Historical Foundation, Barrow Neurological Foundation, and ASU Enterprise Partners.