Reported by the SOF Nominations Committee chaired by Bonner Miller Cutting and published in Summer 2015 SOF Newsletter edited by Alex McNeil
The Nominations Committee of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship has nominated the following persons for office:
• For a one-year term as President, and for a three-year term on the Board of Trustees: Thomas Regnier, JD, LLM.
• For three-year terms on the Board of Trustees: Richard Joyrich, MD, and James Warren.
Thomas Regnier, JD, LLM, currently serves as president of the SOF, and is nominated for a second one-year term as president and for a three-year term as a trustee. He is a practicing attorney in the Miami, Florida, area. He received his juris doctor, summa cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, and his master of laws from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan F. Stone Scholar. He has taught at the University of Miami School of Law (including a course on Shakespeare and the Law) and at Chicago’s John Marshall Law School. Tom has frequently spoken at authorship conferences on aspects of law in Shakespeare’s works, and he wrote the chapter on Shakespeare’s legal knowledge in Shakespeare Beyond Doubt? In June 2014, Tom delivered a presentation at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., entitled, “Hamlet and the Law of Homicide: the Life of the Mind in Law and Art.”
Richard Joyrich, MD is a current trustee, and is being nominated for another term. He has been practicing radiology (specifically nuclear medicine) for over twenty-five years in Detroit. He has been a regular attendee at the Stratford Festival in Ontario as well as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and other theatrical venues and has “completed the canon” (seen all of the recognized plays of Shakespeare) at least three times. He was a contributor to the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition’s Exposing an Industry in Denial campaign and has also contributed to the Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter. He has served on the boards of trustees of the SOS and SOF since 2006 and is a past president of the Shakespeare Oxford Society.
James Warren has not previously served as a trustee. He was a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State for more than twenty years, during which he served in public diplomacy positions at American embassies in eight countries, mostly in Asia. He later served as executive director of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) and then as regional director for Southeast Asia for the Institute of International Education (IIE). He is the editor of An Index to Oxfordian Publications, and has given presentations at several Oxfordian conferences.
No nominations were received by petition. Thus, under the SOF bylaws, no ballots will be sent to members, and the three persons nominated by the Nominations Committee will be deemed elected to their respective offices upon approval of motions to that effect made at the Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship in Ashland, Oregon, on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
The members of the 2015 Nominations Committee were Bonner Miller Cutting (chair), Cheryl Eagan-Donovan, and John Hamill.
Kositsky to retire from SOF board
Lynne Kositsky is leaving the SOF board of trustees this year after completing her term. A longtime trustee and former president of the Shakespeare Fellowship, Lynne was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the merger of the Shakespeare Fellowship and the Shakespeare Oxford Society, which was effected in late 2013. The Board of Trustees is deeply grateful for her many years of service.