Members & Bios

William English Kirwan
Chancellor, University System of Maryland

R. Gerald Turner
President, Southern Methodist University

Val Ackerman
Commissioner, Big East Conference

Henry S. Bienen
President Emeritus, Northwestern University

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

Anita L. DeFrantz
President, LA84 Foundation

John J. DeGioia
President, Georgetown University

Leonard J. Elmore
Television Basketball Analyst and Attorney

Elson S. Floyd
President, Washington State University

Walter Harrison
President, University of Hartford

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

Penelope Ward Kyle
President, Radford University

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

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

Charles E. Young
President Emeritus, University of Florida and Chancellor Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles

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