Governance of Project Pericles

Project Pericles is governed by its Chairman and executive staff, the Board of Directors, the Presidents’ Council, and the National Board of Advisors.

Board of Directors

Chairman: Eugene M. Lang – Founder and President, Project Pericles; Chairman Emeritus, Swarthmore College; Trustee, The New School; Founder and Chairman Emeritus, “I Have A Dream”® Foundation

Executive Director: Jan R. LissEx officio; former Associate Director, The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program; former Vice President, Strategic Planning and New Business Development, Consumers Union (publisher of Consumer Reports)

Alison R. Bernstein – Vice President, Education and Culture Program, Ford Foundation; former Assoc. Dean of Faculty, Princeton University; former Exec. Editor, Change magazine; Member, Board of Advisors, CAPHE

Alfred H. Bloom – President, Swarthmore College; former Provost, Pitzer College; former Chairman, Annapolis Group of Liberal Arts Colleges; Board Member, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

David A. Caputo – President Emeritus, Pace University; former President, Hunter College; former Dean of Liberal Arts, Purdue University; Co-chair, Professional Standards of Teaching, N.Y.S. Board of Regents

Janet S. Dickerson - Vice President for Campus Life, Princeton University

Richard Ekman – President, Council of Independent Colleges; former Vice President for Programs, Atlantic Philanthropic Service Company; former Secretary of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Neil R. Grabois – Former Vice President, Carnegie Corporation of New York; former President, Colgate University; former Provost, Williams College

Leo M. Lambert – President, Elon University; former Provost and Vice Chancellor of University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse

Arthur E. Levine – President, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation; former President, Teachers College (Columbia University); former Chairman, Higher Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education; former President, Bradford College

Michael S. McPherson – President, The Spencer Foundation; former President, Macalester College

Nancy B. Peretsman – Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Allen & Co., Inc.

Brian Rosenberg - Ex officio; Chair, Project Pericles Presidents' Council; President, Macalester College

Mark A. Vander Ploeg - Senior Managing Director, Evercore Partners

Harris L. Wofford – Chairman, America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth; former CEO, The Corporation for National Service; former U.S. Senator; former President, Bryn Mawr College

Presidents' Council

Chair: Brian Rosenberg*, Macalester College
Vice-Chair: Richard Gurasci*,Wagner College

  • James H. Mullen, Jr.
    Allegheny College
  • Elaine Tuttle Hansen
    Bates College
  • Larry D. Shinn
    Berea College
  • Trudie Kibbe Reed
    Bethune-Cookman University
  • Esther L. Barazzone
    Chatham University
  • Marvalene Hughes
    Dillard University
  • Leo M. Lambert*
    Elon University
  • Ralph J. Hexter*
    Hampshire College
  • J. Timothy Cloyd*
    Hendrix College
  • Michele D. Perkins
    New England College
  • *(Executive Committee)
  • Bob Kerrey
    The New School
  • Robert A. Skotheim
    Occidental College
  • Stephen J. Friedman
    Pace University
  • Laura Skandera Trombley*
    Pitzer College
  • William E. Troutt
    Rhodes College
  • Jane Margaret O'Brien
    St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • Beverly Daniel Tatum*
    Spelman College
  • Alfred H. Bloom
    Swarthmore College
  • John Strassburger*
    Ursinus College
  • James T. Harris, III*
    Widener University

National Board of Advisors

Co-Chairs: Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker & Hon. Kurt L. Schmoke

  • David Baltimore
  • John Baugh
  • J. Herman Blake
  • Roger W. Bowen
  • Harry C. Boyte
  • Sen. Bill Bradley
  • Paul Brest
  • Russell L. Carson
  • Raymond G. Chambers
  • Jerome A. Chazen
  • Nadinne Cruz
  • Gov. Mario M. Cuomo
  • Richard A. Detweiler
  • Christopher F. Edley, Jr.
  • Thomas Ehrlich
  • Jonathan F. Fanton
  • Nicholas H. Farnham
  • Ellen V. Futter
  • Curtis B. Gans
  • Llewellyn P. Haden, Jr.
  • Samuel L. Hayes III
  • Antonia Hernandez
  • Amb. James C. Hormel
  • Helene L. Kaplan
  • Gov. Thomas H. Kean
  • Reuben Mark
  • Elizabeth McCormack
  • Mary Patterson McPherson
  • Robert D. Putnam
  • Judith A. Ramaley
  • David M. Scobey
  • Ruth J. Simmons
  • Allen P. Splete

In Memoriam

  • Clark Kerr (co-chair)
  • John Nason
  • Paul Newman
  • Sen. Paul Simon