Board of Directors

The Rowen Board of Directors serves as responsible stewards of the Rowen mission:

To be a catalyst for education, research, innovation and transformation through the creation of a global destination which recognizes stewardship of the land as the cornerstone of an inspired community.

Through their service, these leaders continually invest in our communities and state. Their commitment to fostering innovation, economic development and public-private partnerships allows Rowen to grow and thrive, leading Georgia forward.

MASON AILSTOCK, President of the Rowen Foundation

Mason Ailstock is a recognized leader in innovation districts and anchor-driven developments. With nearly 20 years of experience working with non-profit institutions, governments and industry, Mason has a track record of converging real estate, academia, and business to advance communities of innovation. Immersed in the planning and visioning of Rowen, Mason is responsible for project leadership and operations as President and CEO of Rowen Foundation, the non-profit steward that ensures the long-term vision for Rowen is never compromised. Prior to leading Rowen, Mason served as the Chief Operating Officer of Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. Mason is the Past President of the Association of University Research Parks (AURP), Co-Chairman of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) University Development & Innovation Council, a member of the ULI Center for Leadership, Women’s Leadership Initiative, and the Global Eisenhower Fellowships.

SACHIN SHAILENDRA, Chairman of Rowen Foundation Board of Directors

Sachin Shailendra is known for his integrity, honesty and commitment to client satisfaction. As President of SG Contracting, Inc., he governs the company’s activities, smoothly and efficiently matching people and projects to deliver successful outcomes. His extensive portfolio of construction experience and his ability to problem-solve and effectively communicate plans and processes make him a valuable leader to assist owners, subcontractors, architects and designers. Shailendra is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and an alumnus of Woodward Academy, where he has also served as a former President of the Alumni Association and Member of the Advisory Council. He is currently the Chairman of the Rowen  Foundation, a Trustee of the Atlanta History Center and The Georgia Research Alliance, a Member of the Carter Center Board of Councilors, Rotary Club of Atlanta, the Atlanta Police Foundation, Atlanta Speech School, and the former Chair of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. 

DR. DEBORAH WATKINS BRUNER, Emory University Senior Vice President for Research  

Dr. Deborah Bruner is an internationally renowned researcher and clinical trialist. In addition to serving as the Senior Vice President for Research at Emory, she is also Professor and Robert W. Woodruff Chair in Nursing, Professor of Radiation Oncology, and a member and past associate director for mentorship at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory. She served as advisory board chair for the Emory University School of Nursing-Addis Ababa University (AAU) partnership and serves on dissertation committees for AAU nurses. She also serves on the board of the Center for Global Health Innovation and on the Georgia advisory committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. She has worked for almost three decades with the National Cancer Institute-sponsored National Clinical Trails Network and is the first and only nurse to ever lead a national clinical trials cooperative group. Dr. Bruner holds a Ph.D. in outcomes research from the University of Pennsylvania.

SAM HINTON, Representative of the Hinton Family, Rowen’s Original Landowners 

A passionate conservationist and lifelong Gwinnettian, Sam Hinton has spent much of his life tending to a diverse array of family and environmental interests. He has a history degree from Emory University and through the years, Sam has applied a historian’s curiosity and insight while managing a number of family enterprises, including timber, agriculture, cattle, and property management. Sam sees a disconnect between the average person and their understanding of the connection between the intricacies of the history of agriculture, food production, health and medicine and our environment and quality of life. He and his family hope to strengthen the historical ties between land use and agriculture for the next generation of Gwinnett County.  

More than a century ago, Sam’s grandparents, Dr. Samuel Locklin Hinton and Alice Stanley Hinton, originally assembled much of the land that comprises Rowen today. Sam represents the Hinton family on the board of the Rowen Foundation. Sam, along with his sisters, Alice Hinton and Martha Braumann, spent countless hours on and hold many memories of the property. They, along with Sam’s wife, Suzanne, and their children, Locklin, Caroline and Nathaniel, as well as Alice’s daughters, Lucy and Ann, have a vested interest in Rowen’s programmatic drivers of agriculture, medicine and the environment. They optimistically anticipate Rowen’s integration of these areas to enhance the quality of life for all.   

DR. S. JACK HU, Provost of the University of Georgia

Dr. S. Jack Hu is dedicated to the service of higher education. As Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Georgia, Dr. Hu oversees instruction, research, public service and outreach, and information technology. The vice presidents of these four areas, the deans of UGA’s 18 schools and colleges, and the campus dean of the Augusta University/UGA Medical Partnership, as well as several other vice provosts and associate provosts, all report to him. He is a UGA Foundation Distinguished Professor of Engineering, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board. Prior to his appointment at UGA in 2019, he served as Vice President for Research at the University of Michigan.

DR. JANN L. JOSEPH, President of Georgia Gwinnett College

Dr. Jann L. Joseph has spent her career working to increase educational opportunities and student success. Dr. Joseph began her education career as a teacher of agricultural science in Trinidad and Tobago. She then earned her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and went on to serve as executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, Division of Student Engagement and Success and then interim chancellor at the University of Indiana – South Bend. She has served as the president of Georgia Gwinnett College since 2019. She also currently serves as chair of the University System of Georgia Council on General Education and serves on the boards of the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education, Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Hispanic Chamber, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, Rainbow Village and The Water Tower at Gwinnett. 

BERT REEVES, Vice President for Institute Relations of Georgia Institute of Technology

Bert Reeves has spent his early career serving the state of Georgia. Before accepting his current position as Vice President for Institute Relations at Georgia Tech, he served as attorney and law partner at the Marietta law firm Smith, Schnatmeier, Dettmering & Reeves, LLP and served seven years in the Georgia General Assembly in the House of Representatives. As a member of the Georgia General Assembly, he was awarded the Mack Henderson Public Service Award, recognizing an outstanding commitment and dedication to building a better quality of life for the citizens of Cobb County. As Georgia Tech VP for Institute Relations, he provides leadership for the Institute’s strategic external relations, including government and community relations, economic development and other external-facing areas.  

ARTHUR TRIPP, State Executive Director for the United States Department of Agriculture

Arthur Tripp is a native Georgian and current Gwinnettian. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and he was named to UGA’s 40Under40 Class of 2015. He also served on the UGA School of Public and International Affairs Alumni Board of Directors, and as a board member for the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of the 2019 Class of Leadership Georgia and served as a Program Chair for the 2020 Class. Prior to his current role as state executive director for the United States Department of Agriculture, he served as a UGA senior administrator in the office of the president and as district director for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District. He also served as the senior policy advisor to U.S. Congressman David Scott, current chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture. The relationships he formed during that time earned him recommendations from 13 Georgia agricultural groups for his nomination to his current position with the USDA.