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College's Board of Trustees Welcomes Two New Members

Margaret Fraser and Richard Sidwell Are Quakers

November 1, 2012

Two new Quaker members of Wilmington College’s Board of Trustees received their initial exposure to WC’s governing body recently when the trustees held their annual falls meetings.

Margaret Fraser and Richard Sidwell attended a new trustee orientation session before attending the Board’s committee meetings and, ultimately, the plenary session.

In welcoming them to WC, President Jim Reynolds said they each bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the trustee position.

“Both Margaret and Rich are well known and highly regarded among Friends as leaders in education and Quaker organizations,” he said. “Their expertise and commitment to the high ideals of the Religious Society of Friends are greatly valued as they embark upon their work on the College’s Board of Trustees.”

Fraser served as executive secretary with the Friends World Committee for Consultation from 2002 through 2011, before which she was dean at Pendle Hill for seven years. Also, she was senior lecturer in management at the University of Brighton for 10 years.

Fraser has a Bachelor of Science degree in politics from the University of Reading, a Master of Social Science from the University of Birmingham, a diploma in management studies from the University of East London and a Master of Divinity from Earlham School of Religion.

She served as a volunteer chaplain at a jail in Indiana and has volunteered in Northern Ireland, with various Quaker groups and as a delegated observer with the World Council of Churches Assembly.

Sidwell, a birthright member of Middleton (Ohio) Friends Meeting, is a 1968 graduate of Wilmington College. He was head of Olney Friends School from 2003 to 2011 after serving as its business manager the previous four years.

Sidwell was co-owner of the Sidwell Division of Raven Rocks Concrete, Beallsville, Ohio, for nearly 25 years through 1999. He co-founded in 1970 Raven Rocks, Inc., a 1,250-acre wilderness preserve and alternative energy demonstration center, and continues to serve as its treasurer.

He is the founding and current president of the Barnesville Area Rails to Trails Committee, past president and member of the Barnesville Rotary Club, past member of the Board of Trustees of Friends Council on Education, vice president of the Belmont County Community Development Corporation and a member of the Barnesville Blue Ribbon Economic Development Committee.

As a student at WC, he was part of the work-study program at the Randall Company, served as a residence hall counselor, was active in Young Friends and lettered in varsity soccer for four years.