Four join board of UC Merced Foundation

September 1, 2013 

UC Merced officials on Friday announced the naming of four new members to the school's foundation board of trustees.

The new members are Match.com founder Gary Kremen, Merced almond processor Christine Long, Wells Fargo senior vice president and director of sales Kevin Sweeney, and former San Francisco 49er and head of the team's alumni association Eric Wright, according to a university press release.

Lorena Anderson, spokeswoman for UC Merced, said the new board members were nominated by others on the 58-member board. They are elected to three-year terms.

The board is responsible for raising awareness and money to support the university's mission of teaching, research and public service. The UC Merced Foundation has raised $87.5 million since the campus's inception in 1998 to fund key initiatives.

"Chancellor Leland and I are looking forward with great anticipation to working with our newest board members. They each bring unique perspectives and will be great assets," said Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations Kyle Hoffman, according to the release. Hoffman also serves as vice president of the board.

A few beneficiaries of the foundation support have been the Joseph Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center, which serves as the campus recreation center and home to all campus recreation programs, and the Bright Success Center, which provides students with academic advising and learning support services. Also, scholarships and research efforts have been funded, according to university officials.

Kremen is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and founder of multiple companies, including Sociogramics, which helps businesses with online security and fraud resolution.

Long is co-founder and vice president of Hilltop Ranch, one of the largest private processors of almonds and has previously served as chairman of the Almond Board of California.

Sweeney is senior vice president and director of sales for Wells Fargo's Wealth Management Group for California and is responsible for sales management and oversight and coaching managers throughout the state.

Wright runs the San Francisco 49ers alumni association and appeared twice as a player in the Pro-Bowl and Super Bowl XVI and XIX.

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