Members & Bios

Knight Commission photo

William English Kirwan
Chancellor Emeritus, University System of Maryland

Co-Vice Chairs

Carol A. Cartwright
President Emeritus, Kent State University and Bowling Green State University

Arne Duncan
Former U.S. Secretary of Education


Val Ackerman
Commissioner, Big East Conference

Henry S. Bienen
President Emeritus, Northwestern University

Scott Cowen
President Emeritus and Distinguished University Chair, Tulane University

John J. DeGioia
President, Georgetown University

Leonard J. Elmore
Television Basketball Analyst and Attorney

Walter Harrison
President, University of Hartford

Janet Hill
Principal, Hill Family Advisors and Trustee, Duke University

Penelope Ward Kyle
Former President, Radford University

Sarah Lowe
Second Vice President, United States Liability Insurance Group (USLI), former women's basketball player, University of Florida

Anna Spangler Nelson
Chairman, Spangler Companies Inc.; trustee, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; member, UNC Board of Governors

G.P. "Bud" Peterson
President, Georgia Institute of Technology

Jerry I. Porras
Lane Professor of Organization Behavior and Change, Emeritus, Stanford University

Myron Rolle
Medical Student, Florida State University

Sonja Steptoe
Former Journalist, Time, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal

Paul Tagliabue
Senior of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP 
Former NFL Commissioner

Nancy Zimpher
Chancellor, State University of New York


Member, Ex-Officio
Alberto Ibargüen
President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation


Founding Co-Chairs (photo)
Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.
President Emeritus, The University of Notre Dame, founding Co-Chair, 1989-2001

William C. Friday
President Emeritus, University of North Carolina, founding Co-Chair, 1989-2005


Amy P. Perko
Executive Director

Scott Hirko
Associate, Communications and Research

Jeff Orleans