Select Bios of Trustees

Selected Bios of Current Trustees - The U.S. Board of Trustees of Athens College

Alexis P. Michas

Mr. Michas has been Managing Partner of Juniper Investment Company, LLC (“Juniper”), a private investment management company since he founded the firm in 2008. Juniper is also a Principal of Aetolian Investors, LLC a registered Commodity Pool Operator. Mr. Michas has also been the Managing Partner and a director of Stonington Partners, Inc. since 1994. Prior to that, Mr. Michas was a partner of Merrill Lynch Capital Partners, Inc. (“MLCP”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. from 1993 to 1994, and Senior Vice President of MLCP from 1989 to 1993. He served on the Board of Directors of MLCP from 1989 to 2001 and was a consultant to MLCP from 1994 to 2001. Mr. Michas was also a Managing Director of the Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated from 1991 to 1994.

Mr. Michas is Chairman of the Board of Directors of BorgWarner, Inc., Chairman of the Board of Lincoln Educational Services Corporation and a director of PerkinElmer, Inc. Mr. Michas also served as a director of AirTran Airways, Inc. until that company’s sale to Southwest Airlines, Inc. on May 2, 2011. Mr. Michas is also a director of a family of funds managed by Atlantic Investment Management, Inc. an investment management company, and of Theragenics Corporation, a privately held company.

Mr. Michas received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. Mr. Michas resides in New York City and Stonington, Connecticut with his wife Cayré. Mr. & Mrs. Michas have three children, Jason (23) Zoe (21) and Gordon (19).

Alexander Nehamas


Swarthmore College, B.A., 1967, with High Honors
Princeton University, Ph.D., 1971 Dissertation: "Predication and the Theory of Forms in the Phaedo" Advisor: Gregory Vlastos

Professional Positions

Princeton University: Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Comparative Literature, 1990-

Associated Faculty, Department of Classics, 1980-
Associated Faculty, Department of German, 2007-
Founding Director, Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, 1999-2002
Chair, Council of the Humanities, 1994-2002
Director, Program in Hellenic Studies, 1994-2002
University of Pennsylvania: Professor of Philosophy, 1986-1990
University of Pittsburgh: Professor of Philosophy, 1981-1986
Associate Professor of Philosophy, 1976-1981
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 1971-1976

Visiting Appointments

Sather Professor of Classical Literature, University of California/Berkeley, 1993
Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities, Princeton University, 1989-1990
Professor of Philosophy, University of California/Santa Cruz, Summer 1989
Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University, Spring 1988
Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, 1983-1984
Mills Professor of Philosophy, University of California/Berkeley, 1983
Visiting Fellow, Princeton University, 1978-1979

Honors and Awards

Doctor of Humane Letters, Hellenic International University, 2014
Old Dominion Professor, Princeton University, 2011-2012
President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, Princeton University, 2011
D.Phil (hon.), Institute of Fine Arts, National Polytechnic University, Athens,2011
D. Phil. (hon.), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2011
Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art, Best Book in Philosophy, Professional/Scholarly Division, Association of American Publishers, 2008
Gifford Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, 2008
Mellon Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities Award, 2001
International Nietzsche Prize, Associazione Internazionale di Studi e Ricerche Federico Nietzsche, 2001
Academy of Athens, Award for Distinguished Achievement in Hellenic Studies, 2000
Tanner Lecturer, Yale University, 2000
Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities, Princeton University, 1999
PEN American Center, 1997
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, 1995
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1994
D. Phil. (Hon.), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 1993
Sather Professor and Lecturer, University of California/Berkeley, 1993
Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professor in Philosophy, 1990-1991
Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Pennsylvania, 1989
Hanes-Willis Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1987


ACLS Travel Fellowship, 1987
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1983-1984 
NEH Fellowship, 1978-1979
NEH Summer Research Fellowship, 1976
University of Pittsburgh Summer Research Grants, 1972, 1974

Vasilios Stavros Salapatas

Born: Piraeus, Greece, August 4, 1937.
Married: to Danae G. Xanthakos, 1963.
Children: none

Education: Athens College, 1945-1955.
National Technical University (E.M.Π.), 1955-1960.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1960-1966.
Degrees: Diploma in Chemical Engineering, E.M.Π., 1960.
M. Sc. in Chemical Engineering, M.I.T., 1961.
Ph. D. in Metallurgy, M.I.T., 1966.

Languages: Greek, English, French, German, Italian.

Professional career:Helliniki Halyvourgia S.A., Athens, Greece, 1966–2005 (1968-2004 Managing Director).

Activities: Member Athens College Alumni Association, 1955–current.
Member Technical Chamber of Greece, 1960-2005
Member Panhellenic Union of Chemical Engineers, 1960-2005.
Member Gen. Council, Greek Industries Federation, 1980–2005.
Member Board of Directors, Public Power Corporation, 1980-1982.
Member Board of Trustees of Athens College in Greece, New York,NY., 1982-current;
Member Board of Directors, Piraeus Chamber of Commerce, 1982-1997.
Member Iron and Steel Society (now AIST), 1984-2005
Member M.I.T. Club of Greece, 1985-current (Treasurer 1985-1990).
Member American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, 1986-2005.
Member Board of Directors, Union of Greek Metal Industries, 1986- 2005 (Treasurer 1995-2005).Member Supreme Board for Social Control (ASKE), Public Power Corporation, 1986-1989.Member Center for Political Research and Information (ΚΠΕΕ), 1989-1995. 
Member Hellenic-American Educational Foundation, 1990-current.
Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the Board of Directors, Attiko Metro S.A., 1991-199
Member Board of Trustees of College Year in Athens, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2001-2007
Member Board of Directors, Aluminium de Grece S.A., 2003-2005.
Member Corporation Visiting Committee, Department of Materials
Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Attended numerous congresses and seminars related to steelmaking, energy management and mass transportation.

 Nick Bacopoulos, Ph.D.

Overview of qualifications and interests: Extensive, top-level management experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, including the development of new medicines in several therapeutic areas. Academic career in pharmacology in top US medical schools. Successful R&D, fund raising, M&A and deal-making record. US and EEU citizenship. Current professional activities: President, Medexis, S.A., Athens, Greece (2004-). The company is a member of the P.N. Gerolymatos Group and is focused mainly on cancer therapeutic and diagnostic research. Co-founder and Partner, MakScientific LLC, Mystic, CT, USA (2004-). A private company with analgesic and anti-obesity drugs in preclinical development. Summary of industry experience: President and C.E.O., Aton Pharma, Inc. (2002-2004). Aton was a joint venture between Columbia University and Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center. After fundraising and executing a successful Phase 2 program with Vorinostat, we sold Aton to Merck. Merck obtained marketing approval for vorinostat (Zolinza) in 2006. President and Head of Research and Development, OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc., Melville NY (September 2000-January 2002). Contributions included: Participated in road show for $ 437 MM worldwide public stock offering. Restructured R&D function; hired key executives Collaborative agreements with Genentech and Roche on the development of Tarceva Acquisition of Gilead Oncology and British Biotechnology; integration of R&D groups into OSIP

President and C.E.O., Anaderm Research Corp., New York, NY (1996-2000). Anaderm was founded in 1996 to discover prescription products for the treatment of dermatologic diseases. In 2002, it was acquired by Pfizer, one of its founders.

Senior Director, Pfizer Corporate Strategic Planning (1994-1996). Contributions included a strategic “blind spot” analysis that resulted in the formation of Pfizer’s dermatology initiative (Anaderm) and evaluation of major biotechnology acquisition opportunities.

Executive Director, Pfizer Central Research (1983-1994). Key contributions included: Development of Zoloft, a major antidepressant. Discovery and development of Geodon, a novel antipsychotic. Discovery and Phase 1 development of Tarceva, EGFR inhibitor anti-tumor agent. Analysis and recommendation to license Aricept, the first marketed Alzheimer’s drug. Cancer pipeline (EGFR inhibitor, ras inhibitor, erbB2 antagonist, VEGFR inhibitor). CNS pipeline (stroke, depression, anxiety) in clinical development.

Academic Experience: Executive Director, Biomedical Research Institute of the Academy of Athens,

Athens, Greece (2004-2005). Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Dartmouth Med. School, 1983-1988 (adjunct). Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry, Dartmouth Med. Sch., 1979-83. NIH Research Service Award Fellow, Yale Univ. School of Medicine, 1976-1979.

Board participation (active): Anaderm Research Corporation Packard Bioscience Company Aton Pharma, Inc. Alexipharma, Inc. Spear Pharmaceuticals, PLC MaKScientific, LLC Medexis, SA Mersana Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Athens College Board of Trustees in New York Gennadius Library, Athens Greece

Publications: 57 scientific publications and patents; member several scientific societies.

Education and Training: 1976: Ph.D. (Pharmacology), University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. 1971-3: Graduate study in Pharmacology, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois. 1971: B.A. (Biology; Psychology) Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa. 1967: Athens College diploma, Athens, Greece

Languages: English (fluent), Greek (mother tongue), French (reading, conversation)


George S. Coumantaros

Born in London in 1922. Educated in Athens, Greece – graduated from the Makris School. Left Greece in 1941, arrived in Argentina via South Africa in 1942.

Mr. Coumantaros came to the USA in 1946, founded Southern Star Shipping Co., Inc. in 1949 of which he is Chairman. In 1952 he became a citizen of the United States. Mr. Coumantaros is also Chairman of Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC which was established in 1962. The mill is the largest single-site flour mill complex in the world, capable of milling 6,000 tons of wheat per day and in addition has expanded in importing bulk cement, fertilizers and the manufacture of polypropylene bags.

Mr. Coumantaros retired last year as Vice Chairman of The West of England Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association. He has served on the Board of the American Bureau of Shipping and on various banks and organizations along with many Hellenic shipping groups. Mr. Coumantaros is a member of several yacht clubs and many social organizations. Regarding Mr. Coumantaros’ sailing career, he has built to his specifications 4 highly successful racing boats which he has campaigned around the world gaining substantial victories and setting course elapsed time records. He won the World Maxi Championship 3 times, the coveted Bermuda Race trophy, the Fastnet Race and has participated in 25 Bermuda Races and has won numerous local sailing events and regattas.

His outside interests are tennis, yachting, ocean racing and the arts and he has a substantial collection of impressionists and post impressionists. He is married for 52 years with 4 children and 11 grandchildren.


Dimitri Gondicas

Dimitri Gondicas was born in Athens in 1955. A graduate of Athens College, Class of 1974 (cum laude), he was offered a scholarship at Princeton University, where he studied Physics (B.A., Honors), with a focus on energy systems, while also taking Professor Edmund Keeley’s classes in modern Greek literature. He pursued graduate studies, supported by research fellowships, at M.I.T. (M.Sc. candidate, Nuclear Engineering) and N.Y.U. (M.A., Applied Sciences and Environmental Studies), followed by doctoral work in Comparative Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.

He taught Modern Greek as teaching assistant at Harvard University, George Seferis Chair, under Professor George Savvides. Since 1980 he has been at Princeton University where he is Executive Director of the Program in Hellenic Studies and Lecturer in Modern Greek, Department of Classics. He is a close associate of Professors W.R. Connor, Edmund Keeley, Alexander Nehamas, and Peter Brown. He is a long-time elected member of the Executive Board of the Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA), where he served as Vice-President for three years.

At Princeton, he teaches courses in Modern Greek language and culture and supervises undergraduate and graduate students writing senior theses and doctoral dissertations in Hellenic Studies. He manages several fellowship programs for Greek and international students, scholars, writers, and artists, and he coordinates academic partnerships with Greek universities, museums, libraries, foundations, schools, and cultural institutions. He directs the Hellenic Studies workshop series, as well as colloquia, lectures, and cultural activities at Princeton and in Greece. He organizes exhibitions (most recently: “Poets and Mythmakers in Modern Greece”) and is responsible for the development of the Hellenic Collections at Princeton (rare books, archives and manuscripts, coins, maps, photographs and works of art). He is the liaison with Princeton University Press for the Princeton Modern Greek Studies series. A co-founder (with Ambassador Robert V. Keeley) of the Princeton Club of Greece, he directs alumni relations and fundraises for the Program in Hellenic Studies. He has the overall administrative responsibility for the Hellenic Studies Program, one of the largest and most active programs at Princeton, involving over 20 faculty, 5 staff, 45 graduate students, 20 post-doctoral/visiting fellows, and 300 undergraduates enrolled in about 25 courses annually.

He is co-author (with Peter Bien, et al) of Greek Today: A Course in Modern Greek Language and Culture which was supported by the Ivy League Language Consortium. He is co-editor (with Charles Issawi) of Ottoman Greeks in the Age of Nationalism. In collaboration with Edmund Keeley, he has translated and published modern Greek poetry into English. He has initiated and prefaced several publications, including George Seferis and Edmund Keeley: Correspondence, 1951-1971; Medieval Cyprus: Studies in Art, Architecture, and History; and Greek Manuscripts at Princeton: A Descriptive Catalogue. Also, he has translated into English Form and Structure in Architecture: The Role of Statical Function by A. Zannos. He is guest editor of a forthcoming special issue of the Princeton University Library Chronicle on “Ancient Greece Through Modern Eyes” and he is currently working on the second volume of Greek Today, along with a “Reader of Post-War Greek Prose” for advanced students of modern Greek. An invited speaker or panelist at various Modern Greek Studies academic gatherings, he writes articles and opinion pieces in Greece and the United States on issues of higher education, educational policy, Greek collections and libraries, and Modern Greek Studies. 

He has served on several academic and educational boards and committees: Trustee of the American Farm School (committees: secondary, post-secondary, land and development); Gennadius Library (committee on archives); Athens 2004 (Hellenic Ministry of Culture academic consultant); MGSA (Chair, 30th anniversary Symposium committee); National Council of Education, Greece (external academic consultant); Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (Commission on Greek Language and Hellenic Culture); Library of Congress (Committee on US-Greek Library partnerships). He is the recipient of various fellowships and grants from a number of foundations. In 2003 he was honored (jointly with Alexander Nehamas) by the Academy of Athens for his long-term contributions to Hellenic Studies and Greek scholarship.

Robert A. McCabe

Pilot Capital Corporation

Robert McCabe is Chairman of Pilot Capital Corporation. Founded in 1987, Pilot Capital is a New York based venture capital. He has been the chairman since 1998 and also served as president from 1987 to 1998.

Mr. McCabe is a director Church & Dwight Co. Inc., and a Trustee of The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, The Thera Foundation and Athens College in Greece.

From 1958 to 1987, Mr. McCabe was Partner, Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of Lehman Brothers. Venture capital investments and technology investment banking were among his responsibilities at various times. He also served as director of Thermo Electron Corporation (now ThermoFisher Scientific), Atlantic Bank of New York (now New York Commercial Bank), Invicta Networks, Neutrogena Corporation, Guide Publishing Company, Systems Engineering Laboratories, Thermo Instrument Systems, Thermo Optek and New England Nuclear Corporation, Morrison Knudsen Company, Borg Warner Corporation, and Archon Pure Products. 

He has previously been a trustee of Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, The French Library in Boston, Children’s Television Workshop and The Archaeological Institute of America, among others. 

Bob McCabe was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1934. He holds a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Petros K. Sabatacakis

Petros K. Sabatacakis was Chief Risk Manager for Citigroup Inc. between 1999 and 2004. He was responsible for all the financial services company’s businesses, a member of the Management Committee, and Director of Citicorp and Citibank, N.A. All credit, market, and operational risk activities of the Group reported to him. From 1992 to 1997, he was in charge of the financial services subsidiaries of the American International Group, its treasury operations as well as the market and credit risk activities. He was a member of the Executive Committee and a C.V. Starr partner. Prior to that, he was the head of global Treasury and Capital Markets at Chemical Bank (now JPMorgan Chase), which he joined in 1973 in Economic Research. Among his positions at Chemical Bank were oversight of the international branches, foreign exchange and securities trading and the management of its funding and investments division. In addition, he had the responsibility for the management of the corporation’s overall interest rate risk and investment portfolios.

Mr. Sabatacakis who was born in Greece earned three degrees from Columbia University: Bachelor of Science, Masters of Business Administration and Philosophy degree in Economics. He has been the chairman of Plan International and Childreach (child-sponsor non-profit), a Trustee of Athens College in Greece, and a Director of the Gennadeion Library. He and his wife, Marina, live in New York City and East Hampton, Long Island.

Nicholas Sakellariadis

Nick Sakellariadis began his investment banking career in 1978 and is now Managing Director in Citigroup's Mergers & Acquisitions Department. He is a member of the Advisory Committee, which reviews and approves all fairness and valuation opinions rendered by the Firm. He has served as an advisor in transactions totaling in excess of $200 billion. Mr. Sakellariadis covers the Automotive, Homebuilding and Building Products sectors, as well as other industrial companies. He has represented clients such as General Motors, Volkswagen, FIAT, Daimler Chrysler, Cemex, Pulte Homes, Continental Homes, Owens Corning, EDS and National Computer Systems. For ten years he headed the Financial Restructuring Group, and was involved in the reorganizations of among others, Texaco, Western Union, Chrysler, LTV Steel, Federated Department Stores, Macys, Revco, Continental Airlines, TWA, Pan AM, Eastern Airlines and America West Airlines. 

Nick graduated from Harvard College and obtained an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, and a J.D. degree from the Harvard Law School. He was a Fulbright/ITT Scholar in 1973-1974.

Nick is a member of the Harvard College Fund Council, Fundraising Co-Chairman of the Harvard College Class of 1973, Fundraising Co-Chairman of the Harvard Law School Class of 1977, Advisory Trustee of the New York Botanical Gardens, Trustee and Treasurer of Athens College, Advisory Trustee of Phoenix Country Day School, President of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in New York City, and a member of two national Greek Orthodox Church groups, the Archons and Leadership 100. He resides in Manhattan with his wife Julie and four children.

Christos Sclavounis

Born in Athens in 1957. Married with three children.

Graduated from Athens College in 1976.

1976-1979, London School of Economics and Political Science, B.Sc degree in Economics
President of Hellenic Society and member of the Student Union Executive Committee 

1979-1980, London School of Economics and Political Science, M.Sc degree in Economics

1980-1982, Compulsory Military Service in the Hellenic Navy

1982-1984, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, MBA
Designed and run a 2nd year economics tutorial at Harvard College

1984-1986, Strategic Planning Associates, Consultant in Washington DC, London, Brussels

1986 – present, UBS (and predecessor organisations), Investment Banker with stints in London , Paris, London and Athens. For the last 10 years as Managing Director Head of Greece and Joint Head of Central and Eastern Europe. He has been involved in a large number of landmark transactions and Government advisory work in Greece, Turkey, France, etc.