Foundation Transitions

Danielle S. Allen succeeds W. Taylor Reveley III as Board Chair, Philip E. Lewis retires, and Cristle Collins Judd named Senior Program Officer.

Danielle S. Allen Succeeds W. Taylor Reveley III As Chair of the Mellon Foundation

W. Taylor Reveley III, Chairman of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Board of Trustees since 2012, retired from this post in March 2015.  Reveley became a Trustee of the Foundation in 1994.

President of the College of William & Mary, former Dean of the William & Mary Law School, author of War Powers of the President and Congress:  Who Holds the Arrows and the Olive Branch?, and a co-director of the National War Powers Commission, Reveley's expertise in both law and higher education helped guide the Foundation through a changing legal, governance, and political landscape.

Among his many contributions during his 21-year-long tenure, Reveley helped guide the Foundation's support of the study of ecology in liberal arts colleges.  He was a long-time champion of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program and of the Foundation's efforts to diversify the academy and the arts.  In addition, Reveley was a major contributor to the Foundation's entrepreneurial endeavors, including the launching of JSTOR, a not-for-profit digital archive founded in 1995 that provides scholars, researchers, and students access to more than one thousand academic journals and one million primary sources; Ithaka Harbors, also founded in 1995, which helps the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching; and Artstor, an online resource of images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences.

Danielle S. Allen succeeded W. Taylor Reveley III as the Chair of the Mellon Foundation's Board of Trustees on March 13, 2015.  Allen has been a Mellon trustee since joining the Foundation's Board in December 2007 and served as its Vice Chair since March 2014.

Allen is an eminent political theorist widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America and is the author of The World of Prometheus:  The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000), Talking to Strangers:  Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education (2004), Why Plato Wrote (2010), and Our Declaration (2014).

In 2002, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her ability to combine "the classicist's careful attention to texts and language with the political theorist's sophisticated and informed engagement."  This year, Allen chaired the Pulitzer Prize board.

A graduate of Princeton University with an AB degree in classics, Allen received a PhD in classics from Cambridge University in 1996 and a PhD in government from Harvard University in 2001.  Joining the University of Chicago faculty in 1997, she was a professor in the departments of classics and political science and in the Committee on Social Thought; she also served as the university's dean of the division of humanities.  Allen has been the UPS Foundation Professor, School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, since 2007.  In July, Allen will become the director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard and a professor in the university's Faculty of Arts and Sciences' Government Department and its Graduate School of Education.

VP Philip E. Lewis Retires, Cristle Collins Judd Joins the Mellon Foundation as a Senior Program Officer in Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities

In March 2015, after eight years of distinguished service, Vice President Philip E. Lewis retired from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  He came to the Foundation in 2007 after working for more than 38 years at Cornell University, where he served in many leadership positions, including as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  A native of East Tennessee, Lewis is an alumnus of Davidson College and received a PhD in French Literature from Yale University.  He has published extensively, including articles on a wide range of subjects and two books, La Rochefoucauld:  The Art of Abstraction and Seeing through the Mother Goose Tales:  Visual Turns in the Writings of Charles Perrault.

Lewis brought the talents that propelled his scholarly career to his work at the Foundation, where he oversaw and steered numerous aspects of the programs in higher education, scholarly communications, and South Africa.  He thoughtfully negotiated hundreds of grants and was a tireless advocate of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations, particularly among the humanities centers that are drivers of innovation on their campuses.  He maintained and stabilized the Foundation's relationships with professional organizations such as the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council.  Lewis was an intellectual force in the formation of the Foundation's strategic plan.

Cristle Collins Judd will join the Foundation as a Senior Program Officer in Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities on September 1.

Judd has been Dean for Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer, and Professor of Music at Bowdoin College since 2006.  During her tenure at Bowdoin, she oversaw the hiring of nearly 40 percent of the current faculty as well as leaders for the Library, the Museum of Art, the Registrar's Office, and many staff who support Bowdoin's academic program.  Judd worked with faculty to develop and implement new programs to strengthen diversity, governance, and work-life balance.  She also led the college's efforts to enhance the humanities, bolster the arts, improve academic facilities and technological capabilities, launch a digital and computational studies initiative, and shape a renewed focus on environmental and coastal studies.

Judd is a distinguished musicologist.  Prior to her work at Bowdoin, she was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania for 13 years, where she obtained tenure.  She studied music performance at Rice University and earned a PhD in Music Theory and Analysis at King's College, University of London.  She also taught at universities in the UK and Australia for five years.

As a senior program officer, Judd will work on a range of grants and initiatives supporting liberal arts colleges, doctoral education, advanced scholarship, and the public humanities.