The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma, has hired JASON BRADLEY as an agricultural economics consultant in its Agricultural Division. In that role, Bradley will assist agricultural producers and land stewards by providing education and insights with respect to the financial decisions they need to make.
The Council on Foundations has announced the appointment of JEFF WEST as director of corporate philanthropy. West joins the council from the Peace Corps, where he led the organization's strategic partnership efforts with the private sector and designed and implemented innovative public-private partnerships, including its first ever strategic partnership with a global corporation and partnerships with companies such as Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, and IBM.
The board of directors of EARTH University in San José, Costa Rica, has selected ARTURO CONDO as its second president, effective January 1, 2017. A native of Ecuador, Condo, who will succeed founding president JOSE A. ZAGLUL, served as president of the INCAE Business School for eight years (2007-2015) and prior to that was dean of the MBA program, dean of innovation and development, and director of the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS).
The World Resources Institute has selected JENNIFER LAYKE to lead its Energy Program. In that position, Layke will oversee initiatives and projects aimed at expanding access to clean, affordable energy and that reduce climate risks while strengthening communities worldwide. Layke has been leading WRI's Building Efficiency Initiative and will continue to oversee that work.
Following the sudden resignation of board chair Laura Blanco and vice chair Mary Beth Mandanas, the Bronx Museum of the Arts has announced two interim appointments — JOSEPH MIZZI as interim chair and JOAN KREVLIN as a vice chair. According to the New York Times, the trustees who resigned, along with four others, were concerned about the museum’s plan to raise $2.5 million to create a copy of a sculpture of José Martí, the Cuban revolutionary leader, and about an exchange of artworks with Havana. Mizzi is the president and chief operating officer of Sciame Construction and has served on the museum’s board since 2012, becoming secretary this past year. Krevlin is a founding partner ofBKSK Architects and has been on the museum board since 2007.
In other news, PND notes the passing of ROBERT J. KINGSTON, a senior associate at the Kettering Foundation for more than thirty years, who died August 20 at the age of 87. Born in January 1929 in London, Kingston came to the United States in 1954 to teach Shakespeare at the University of Michigan and subsequently taught English at Vassar College, Brooklyn College, and Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, where he became a professor of English. After Manhattanville won a $1 million grant for educational reform from the newly established National Endowment for the Humanities, Kingston joined NEH as director of planning and analysis, where he moved up to serve as deputy chairman and acting chairman during the administrations of former Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter. In the late 1970s, he left government service to become president of the College Board, then joined the Kettering Foundation’s extended family as executive director at Public Agenda, a New York City-based public opinion research and public engagement organization. "Bob Kingston was one of the primary architects of the modern Kettering Foundation," said David Mathews, president of the foundation. "He is renowned for his role as editor of the Kettering Review. To say that he is irreplaceable is an understatement. All of his colleagues and associates at the foundation will sorely miss him."