NOLS: National Outdoor Leadership School Home
   
Profiles
 
    Executive Director Team
    Board of Trustees
    Field Instructors
    Staff
    WMI Staff and Faculty
    NOLS Professional Training
    Notable Alumni
  What's the Buzz? -
NOLS News
  Press Room
  Contact Us

Michael Schmertzler, Chair Emeritus

Fred KleisnerTerm: 2001 - 2010
Elected to Chairman Emeritus: 2014

NOLS Courses: 1994 Alaska Brooks Range Course, 1995 Winter Ski Course in WY, 1995 Pacific Northwest Mountaineering course, 1997 Gannett Peak mountaineering

First elected to the NOLS board of trustees in 2001, Michael’s term was extended to fill a vacancy and extended again so he could serve as chair in 2009 and 2010. In February 2014 he was elected as Chair Emeritus. Michael is a graduate of a number NOLS courses: 1994 Alaska Brooks Range course, 1995 Winter Ski course in Wyoming, 1995 Mountaineering course in the Pacific Northwest, and 1997 Gannett Peak Mountaineering.

Michael holds a B.A. in city planning, history and molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale College; attended the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University; and has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Michael recently completed his term as the founding CEO of Kolltan Pharmaceuticals, a Yale biotechnology spin off developing monoclonal antibody cancer therapeutics. He is also the chairman of the board of PTC Therapeutics, Inc. and the independent director of LCPI, the major subsidiary of the post bankruptcy Lehman Brothers estate. Previously he served as chair of the Investment Committee of Credit Suisse First Boston Equity Partners and as a director of a number of its portfolio companies. He is a Governor and Treasurer of the New York Academy of Science, a Trustee of Phillips Academy Andover, and since 1997, a professor at Yale School of Management. He was previously a managing director of Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc, president of Morgan Stanley Leveraged Capital Funds, a managing director of Shearson Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb, and a managing director and chief financial officer of Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb.

A licensed pilot, Michael is also a photographer, musician, and an enthusiastic skier and tennis player. In addition to his other NOLS courses, he was part of an alumni sea-kayaking trip to Nantucket, and a Red Desert goat-packing trip with his son. Michael is also the proud graduate of a WMI Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals (WUMP) course! He lives with his wife, Kuni, and their two sons in Connecticut.

 

Board of Trustees Profiles in Alphabetical Order …

James B. Barnes
Caroline B. Burnett
Susan E. Chamberlin

David W. Cohen
Isobel Coleman
Howard P. Colhoun
Joan K. Chitiea
Duncan N. Dayton

T. Morgan Dixon
Jay Jacobs
Donald M. Kendall

Fred J. Kleisner

Jonathan Kleisner

Peter J. Levine
Douglas S. Luke

Homer L. Luther

Diana L. McCargo
Cynthia A. Pierce
Marc B. Randolph

Monica Rimai
Michelle S. Sarti

Michael Schmertzler

Edward M. Schmults

Gene R. Tremblay

 
Mountaineering at NOLS features glacier travel, pristine alpine lakes, astounding views and the teamwork and technical skills you need to get to the highest points in the world.
Photo: Madhu Chikkaraju
Chat:
Chat with a real person.
Share:


NOLS Top of Page
NOLS Home About Us Courses Apply Wilderness Medicine Institute NOLS Professional Training Alumni Store Donate NOLS Home Parents Press Room School Resources Photos NOLS.TV Events WRMC The NOLS Blog Introduction About Leadership History Mission & Values Profiles Partnerships Frequent Questions Find a Course School Locations Skills Leave No Trace Financial Aid Academic Credit NOLS Pro Home 1-3 Day Courses 7-30 Day Courses Risk Management Staff Clients Design Your Course Contact NOLS Pro NOLS Pro 1-3 Days 7-30 Days Risk Management Clients Contact Us NOLS Pro Design Your Course NOLS Pro Staff Overview Outcome-based Curriculum Faculty Overview Outcome-based Curriculum Faculty Case Studies Overview Administrative Training Staff Training Consulting Conference: WRMC How to Apply Apply Online Download an Application Admission Policies WMI Home About WMI Courses Schedule FAQ Photos & Movies Curriculum Updates Employment Sponsors WMI Home About WMI Admissions Courses Schedule Sponsors Resources Gallery Alumni Home Trips and Events The Leader Alumni Chapters Employment Staying in Touch Volunteer Photos & Videos Home NOLS Photos NOLS.TV The NOLS Podcast NOLS on Flickr Leave No Trace Overview Leave No Trace Principles Leave No Trace Master Educator Course Host a Course Contact Enroll Map of Events Dream Expedition Leadership Week Press Room Images for the Press Archives