New WW Board Chair and Trustees
For its 2015–16 fiscal year, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Board of Trustees has a new Chair and two new Trustees.
Thomas C. Hudnut, a Woodrow Wilson Trustee since 2005, was elected Chair at the Board’s June 2015 meeting. Mr. Hudnut is a member of RG175, a firm specializing in leadership and governance consulting for nonprofits and independent schools. From 1987 to 2013 he was president and chief executive officer of Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, an independent college preparatory school enrolling 1,550 students in grades 7 through 12. Prior to his tenure at Harvard-Westlake, he headed schools in Maryland and northern California. A 1969 Princeton graduate, he holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts. Mr. Hudnut is the President-General of the Cum Laude Society, Treasurer of School Year Abroad, Inc., and past president of the Headmasters Association, the Country Day School Headmasters’ Association and the California Association of Independent Schools. He is also a former Planning Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles.
Newly elected to the Board, Robert F. Johnston founded Johnston Associates Inc. in 1968 to provide merger advisory and financing for emerging companies in technology-intensive industries. In the mid-1970s, he directed his efforts toward biotechnology and health care, founding or helping to form at least ten firms. He was previously an investment banker for F.S. Smithers & Co. and for Smith Barney & Co. in New York. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from New York University. Mr. Johnston chairs the board of the Center for Education Reform in Washington, D.C. (CER), which helps states and communities adopt reforms through educational research; changing cultures and laws; and communicating to the media and public the urgent need for reform. He is also President of Educational Ventures, which supports increase women’s leadership and economic participation in the Middle East and programs at major universities and colleges. Mr. Johnston rejoins the Woodrow Wilson Board after a twenty-year hiatus.
Martha J. Kanter, a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education and Senior Fellow at New York University, has also joined the Woodrow Wilson Board. From 2009 to 2013 Dr. Kanter served as the U.S. Under Secretary of Education for President Barack Obama and Secretary Arne Duncan, overseeing all federal postsecondary statutory, regulatory and administrative policies and programs for the U.S. Department of Education, including the $175 billion annual federal student aid programs, higher education, adult education, career-technical education, international education and six White House Initiatives. Previously, Dr. Kanter served as President of De Anza College and then Chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District for sixteen years. She began her career as an alternative high school teacher. She holds a B.A. degree in sociology from Brandeis University, an M.Ed. from Harvard University and an Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco.
The Woodrow Wilson Board of Trustees sets and reviews policy for the Foundation and provides general counsel to Foundation management. Its members are volunteer leaders who support the Foundation and its program, help it engage with likely partners, and provide guidance on key issues.