THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
November 30, 2000
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES TWO TO THE CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS FELLOWSHIP
The President today announced his intent to appoint Arun Bhumitra and
John Kuhnle as members of the Board of Trustees of the Christopher Columbus
Mr. Arun Bhumitra, of Rolling Hills, California, is the Founder and
CEO of Arjay Telecom. Earlier in his career, he was a Project Engineer
with Northrop Grumman and an Associate Professor of Manufacturing Engineer
Tool Design at UCLA. Mr. Bhumitra is a member of a number of boards and
committees including the International Trade Administration for the U.S.
Department of Commerce, the National Advisory Council for the Small
Business Administration, the Los Angeles Sheriff?s Advisory Council, the
Tax Advisory Committee for the State of California, and the Los Angeles
County Energy Commission. In 1996 and 1997 he was a Member of a Trade
Delegation from the U.S. Department of Commerce to Ireland. Mr. Bhumitra
is a Sponsor of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation and a Presenter at The
Hearts & Hands for the Handicapped Show. A native of India, Mr. Bhumitra
received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Nagpur University in India
and an M.B.A. from Dowling College in New York.
Dr. John H. Kuhnle, of Washington, D.C., is Managing Director ?
Education Practice with Korn/Ferry International. Prior to joining
Korn/Ferry, he was a partner in the consulting firm of Snelling Kolb &
Kuhnle, Vice President of the Council for the Advancement and Support of
Education and an executive with Fannie Mae. Additionally, Dr. Kuhnle has
served on the faculties of the Federal City College, the University of
Maryland, Pennsylvania State University and Vanderbilt University, as well
as teaching in countries such as England, France and Turkey. Dr. Kuhnle is
a Director of the American Institute for Foreign Study Foundation and a
Trustee of the American International University in London, England. Dr.
Kuhnle received a B.A. from Centre College, an M.A. from the University of
Kentucky and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He also earned an Honours
Certificate from the University of Edinburgh.
The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation was created to
encourage and support research, study and labor designed to produce new
discoveries in all fields of endeavor for the benefit of humankind. The
Board of Trustees awards fellowships to outstanding individuals, known as
Columbus Scholars, to encourage such new discoveries. The Board has
established a three-tiered ?Frontiers of Discovery-Past, Present and
Future? programs. Fellowships of $100,000 are awarded in the ?Past? and
?Present? programs, and the ?Future? program supports and encourages
innovations by America?s youth.