New Board Members Elected at William Woods University

Three new members, including a justice for the U.S. Court of Appeals, an American Royal governor and a retired businessman, have been elected to the William Woods University Board of Trustees.

They are: the Honorable Raymond W. Gruender of St. Louis, Ann Simien-Curl of Kansas City and Herb Evert of Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Gruender sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Previously he served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri where he oversaw an office of 60 Assistant U.S. Attorneys.

Prior to that, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and spent nine years in private law practice. He earned B.S., MBA and J.D. degrees from Washington University. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by William Woods University.

Gruender is a past president of Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments. He serves on the allocations committee of the St. Louis Variety Club and received its 2003 “Have a Heart, Lend a Hand” volunteer award. He also has served as a director of the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis.

Simien-Curl is an American Royal governor and a 2005 recipient of the American Saddlebred Horse Association Lurline Roth Sportsmanship Award. She was raised on a farm in Southwest Louisiana, near Lafayette, and grew up around cattle and horses. Her father was an active member of the American Quarter Horse Association and as a child she was involved in 4-H. She gives her time and energy to the American Saddlebred community in memory of daughter Ashley Re’ Curl.

Evert was elected to fulfill the term of his late wife. Charlene Scanland Evert, who was originally from the Hatton area, graduated from Fulton High School and William Woods. She joined the board in 1999 and passed away in 2005.

A graduate of Northwestern University and the Harvard Business School, Evert has worked in the investment area in Chicago, Ill.; Geneva, Switzerland; Harford, Ct.; Birmingham, Ala., and Philadelphia, Pa.