David Foster ’77 and Mina Samuels
David Foster ’77 came to Bates from Niskayuna High School in New York. While at Bates he was a dean’s list student majoring in English, played soccer, was elected to the College Key, and graduated in 1977. He also holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Wyoming and has pursued graduate study and been an English instructor at the University of Colorado.
In 1982, he founded the Institute of Management and Administration, an electronic and newsletter publishing company. IOMA publishes several print periodicals, hundreds of special reports, and a number of Web-based products. The Bureau of National Affairs purchased IOMA in January 1998 and kept David on as president. In October 2005, David resigned as president of IOMA to buy Business Valuation Resources in Portland, Ore., a publisher of data on business valuations for a national clientele.
Mina Samuels, an attorney from Toronto, has worked as a trial lawyer, a human rights advocate, and a book editor. Her first novel was published in 2006. The Queen of Cups is the story of an independent woman who chooses life with America’s most brilliant, yet self-destructive, Civil War-era philosopher. She has also ghostwritten a best-selling book by the CEO of a Fortune 100 company, and wrote and edited the Human Rights Watch Update and eLegal: World Monitors Legal Report. Mina served on the board of Symphony Space, a performing arts center in New York, from 2000 to 2004.
David has always been an active volunteer and generous donor to the College. He has served as an Alumni-in-Admissions volunteer, president of the Alumni Council, New York City Bates Club leader, and Reunion organizer. He also took a leadership role in the 1991–96 campaign as a vice chair in the tri-state region and as a volunteer for Pettengill Hall fundraising.
He was elected to the Board of Overseers from the alumni ballot in 1996 and served until 2001. He was re-elected to the board in 2002 and served as the vice chair of the Board of Fellows (2003–04) and of the unicameral Board of Trustees (2004–05). He serves on the Executive, Academic Affairs, College Advancement, Honorary Degrees (co-chair), and Investment committees. During his tenure, he has set up the recruitment, training, and initial policies on former Trustees, and established the president evaluation structure. In addition, he was a member of the Leadership Gifts Committee and its successor, the Campaign for Bates committee; a Trustee member of the
Bates College New York Council; and class secretary. He served as chair of the President’s Circle in 2001–02, chair of the Gift Committee for his 25th Reunion, and a member of his 30th Reunion Committee. In 2007, he was also the Senior Gift matching donor, matching gifts of $25 or more and donating a set amount when class participation reached certain levels. The Senior Gift was designated for the peer mentoring program.
Among the most generous donors to the Bates Fund, David and Mina have also established an unrestricted endowed fund and have recently made a commitment to supporting the Educating for Excellence initiatives at Bates.
The Resolution of Appreciation for his service on the board from 1996–01 praises his work in championing a socially responsible investment policy, articulating “a business perspective molded by the spirit of a humanist,” and being an advocate for Bates’ relationship with the Lewiston-Auburn community.
David L. Foster and Mina Samuels: For your steadfast philanthropic support and your generous gifts of time and talent for sustaining our college’s mission, we are proud to induct you into the Benjamin Bates Society.