Two members join board of trustees


TUSKEGEE, Alabama (May 5, 2014) — Two new members have been named to the Tuskegee University Board of Trustees. Jane McCracken and Karl Minter will serve as the board’s newest trustees.


McCracken is managing partner of the Proventus Group, which provides consulting services to fast growing technology and biotechnology companies. Prior to founding Proventus, she was CEO of Nexus Oncology, an international clinical research organization (CRO). She grew the company from a start-up into an international CRO with more than 100 staff in 14 countries, growing revenues to $15 million in four years. Prior to Nexus, McCracken successfully led venture-backed and publicly traded businesses at Axis-Shield (an in-vitro diagnostics company listed on the London and Oslo Stock Exchanges); VIS entertainment (a computer games company sold to NASDAQ-listed BAM!); and (an online travel company now owned by Travelocity).

In addition to her executive management experience, McCracken was an investment banker and venture capitalist both in the U.S. and U.K. She currently sits on the Board of the Entrepreneurship Program at Wake Forest University as well as several entrepreneurial companies. In addition, she is a mentor for high tech companies at the Advanced Technology Development Center on the campus of Georgia Tech as well as a mentor for the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association. She is also active with several civic and trade associations.

She earned her bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University and a master's degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Engaged community leader

Minter is a B-767 captain for United Airlines with more than 18,000 hours of flying experience. Minter is also a retired lieutenant colonel who served for 26 years in the United States Air Force Reserve. His multiple assignments include: HQ USAF, DCS Plans and Programs, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Executive Support Center at the Pentagon. He is also an Aviation Subject Matter Expert (SME) with Aircraft Accident Investigation credentials. 

Minter is a board member and a past president of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP). As a member of the Board of Directors of OBAP, he is directly responsible for the development of critical partnerships between industry, educational institutions and the community to maximize the exposure of youth to aerospace, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics career fields. He is an engaged community leader who is a board member of the Friends of Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. Minter also consults with industry on next generation technologies, training, mentoring, and human capital development.

He has been involved in aviation for 41 years. Prior to becoming a pilot in the United States Air Force, he worked for Sikorsky Aircraft Company in Stratford, Conn., as a flight test engineer. Minter flew C-141 B "Star-lifters" both at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey and Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. He also flew C-20B aircraft at the 89th Presidential Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base. He is a combat decorated command pilot who flew missions in Grenada, Panama, Desert-Shield, and Desert-Storm, while providing safe and efficient worldwide transport to the Department of Defense, Whitehouse staff and national leaders. Minter has numerous medals, citations, and certificates from his military service career. Since becoming a pilot for United Airlines, he has flown DC-IOs, B-757/767s, and B-777s, B-737 (Line Check Airmen), and Airbus 319/320 aircraft.

Minter is originally from St. Albans, Queens, N.Y. He has a Bachelor of Science from Embry-Riddle University, and a Master of Business Administration (Honors Graduate) from Regis University.

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