Three Elected to the Allegheny College Board of Trustees

Allegheny College, one of the nation’s oldest and most innovative four-year colleges where multidisciplinary learning breaks the conventional mold, announced today that the college’s Board of Trustees has added three new members: Aly Kassam-Remtulla of Princeton, New Jersey; Afua Osei of Severn, Maryland; and Sandra Wycoff of Harwich Port, Massachusetts. They began their terms on the board effective July 1, 2021.

Aly Kassam-Remtulla is associate provost for international affairs at Princeton University. As the university’s chief international officer, he oversees offices, partnerships, and policies that advance the international scope of Princeton’s teaching, research, and service mission.  He serves as a faculty advisor to two dozen first- and second-year undergraduates and occasionally teaches in the department of anthropology.  Kassam-Remtulla also serves as founding co-chair of the Faculty Advancement Network, a consortium of 12 national research universities developing creative solutions to promote diversity in the American professoriate.

Kassam-Remtulla’s previous roles at Princeton were in strategic planning, diversity and inclusion, financial management, operations, and student affairs.  Prior to coming to Princeton in 2010, Kassam-Remtulla was a program officer at the MacArthur Foundation where he managed the creation of two new portfolios and awarded more than $60 million in grants.  He chairs the board of trustees of the Mpala Research Centre, a 48,000-acre campus in Kenya for which Princeton serves as the managing partner.  He also serves on the boards of Princeton in Beijing and Princeton in Africa. Kassam-Remtulla graduated with honors and with distinction from Stanford University and received a M.Sc., MBA, and Ph.D. from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Afua Osei graduated cum laude from Allegheny in 2008 with a double major in political science and Black studies. She is a partnerships strategist helping digital entrepreneurs build the skills, systems and confidence to work with the corporate clients of their dreams. As a co-founder of She Leads Africa, Osei built a digital lifestyle platform for millennial multicultural women reaching more than 800,000 women across 100-plus countries. In addition to building a thriving community, Osei secured international partnerships with brands like Facebook, Google, Unilever, Nestle, Samsung, Estee Lauder, Visa and L’Oreal to design culturally relevant and data-driven engagement campaigns. In December 2016, the company rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

Osei has been recognized by Forbes as one of the 20 youngest power women in Africa (2014) and among the Quartz Africa 30 Innovators of 2017; she also received the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Rising Star Award in 2020. Osei served as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company and graduated with an MBA and Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago and studied international management at the London School of Economics.

Sandra Wycoff, a 1977 graduate of Allegheny who majored in drama/art, is president and owner of Chatham T Co. Inc., an apparel company she founded in 1979 in Chatham, Massachusetts.  The store has become a cornerstone in the downtown area.  Her business became the springboard for leadership in many civic and non-profit organizations. Wycoff has served as president of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce and the Chatham Merchants Association, while at the same time serving a 10-year term as president of the Harwich Junior Theatre, the oldest children’s theatre in the country on the straw-hat circuit.  She served as founding treasurer of the not-for-profit Chatham Orpheum Theatre, an art house movie theatre.  As treasurer, she oversaw financial requirements for state grants and public/private funding needed to buy the property and continued with fiscal management of the multimillion-dollar theatre construction project. Wycoff helped purchase private land on Chatham’s Main Street for public use and served on the town’s committee to manage the land’s development with a focus on historic significance. Currently, Wycoff is working on acquiring land for affordable housing, which she views as a challenge in one of the most exclusive towns on Cape Cod.

Wycoff has received the Build a Better Mouse Trap Award and the Abraham Penn Award for excellence in service to customers and community.  She is featured in the book, I Am Chatham. In addition to her three Chatham stores, Wycoff and her sister co-own the Woolen Mill on Chestnut Street in Meadville.

About the Allegheny College Board of Trustees

The Allegheny College Board of Trustees is the governing body elected to oversee the college. The board’s primary responsibilities relate to policy-making and responsibility for sound resource management of the college.

About Allegheny College

Allegheny College, founded in 1815, is one of the nation’s oldest and most innovative four-year colleges where multidisciplinary learning breaks the conventional mold. It is one of the few colleges in the United States with a unique requirement to choose both a major and minor for graduation, to provide students with a cross-disciplinary path in the sciences and humanities for educational depth and intellectual growth. Located in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Allegheny College is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” In its 2021 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny College in its Top 20 Best in Undergraduate Teaching and Top 30 Most Innovative National Liberal Arts Colleges.