Rowan G.P. Taylor, of New Canaan, Conn., took the oath as a new member of the Washington and Lee University Board of Trustees on Feb. 8, during the board’s winter meeting, in Lexington. He is the founding partner of Liberty Hall Capital Partners L.P., a private equity firm in New York City.
Taylor, a member of the W&L Class of 1989, earned his B.A. in economics, summa cum laude. While attending W&L, he played on the football team, served as a freshman dormitory counselor and belonged to the Student Recruitment Committee and Phi Kappa Psi social fraternity. He also was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the academic honorary society, and Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership organization.
He began his financial career in 1989 as an analyst in the merchant banking group of CS First Boston Inc. Taylor then became a principal of the Clipper Group L.P. and its successor, Monitor Clipper Partners L.L.C., private equity firms associated with CS First Boston. In 1999, he joined Oak Hill Capital Management L.L.C., a private equity firm with more than $8 billion under management. As a partner and head of its basic industries group, he led a team of investment professionals focused on industrial and transportation businesses, including those serving the aerospace and defense industry, and served on the investment committee. He founded Liberty Hall in 2011. It focuses on investments across the global aerospace and defense industry.
Taylor has served on the boards of several private equity-owned businesses and currently serves on the board of regents of Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, R.I.
For W&L, Taylor has served as a member and chair of the Williams School Board of Advisors since 2001, and as a member of the campaign cabinet for the University’s current campaign, Honor Our Past, Build Our Future, since 2010. He served as co-president of the Westchester-Fairfield Alumni Chapter and will co-chair his class’s 25th reunion committee in 2014. In 2010, he and his wife, Julie Salerno Taylor ’89, established The Taylor Family Scholarship to support financial aid.
The Taylors, who are both members of W&L’s first coeducational class, have four daughters: Callie (who will enter W&L this fall as a member of the Class of 2017), Mary Lena, Felicity and Pippa.
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