Ivy League presidents find time for corporate boards

By Laurie Bennett

June 30, 2010 at 8:37am

Bloomberg points out today that five of the eight Ivy League college presidents sit on the boards of public companies.

Princeton President Shirley Tilghman is a director of Google. Columbia President Lee Bollinger sits on the Washington Post board.

Yale President Richard Levin is a director of American Express, and University of Pennsylvania President Amy Guttman is a director of the Vanguard Group.

Ruth J. Simmons
Ruth J. Simmons

Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons is a director of Texas Instruments. She recently left the Goldman Sachs board, after students criticized her involvement in a company that played such a large part in the financial crisis. Officials at Goldman said she had decided not to seek re-election so she could spend more time at the college.

We wrote about this issue last year, mapping the many connections of Bob Kerrey and David Boren, who both head universities after serving as U.S. senators.

“For university presidents, sitting on a corporate board used to be a resume enhancer and a networking opportunity,” Nell Minow, chairman of the Corporate Library, told Bloomberg. “Now it is a genuine and very demanding task with some daunting liability - reputational and financial.”

The president with the greatest number of board positions at major companies is not in the Ivy League, but at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York. Shirley Ann Jackson sits on five boards, having resigned from a sixth in April.

She is a director of FedEx, IBM, Medtronic, Marathon Oil and Public Service Enterprise Group. She left the board of NYSE Euronext earlier this year.

Follow Muckety on Twitter Tweet This! Share on Facebook

Click here to sign up for the Muckety Newsletter

 Read related stories: Business · Colleges · Recent Stories  


  • There are no comments yet, be the first by filling in the form below.

Leave a Comment

The relationship map to the left is interactive.
• Solid lines are current relations. Dotted lines are former relations.
• Expand items with + signs by double-clicking or by selecting multiple items in the map and pressing the "e" key.
• Move an item in the map by clicking and dragging.
• You can also delete items, separate boxes and save maps. Right-click on the map or select Map Tools for these options.
• Find out more about an item in the map by right-clicking on the item and choosing Information about...
• View map color key.
• This interactive map requires Flash player.

  • The enormity of the U.S. Intelligence Community
    February 16, 2017 at 8:58am

    As it struggles to assemble a cabinet and to replace a national security adviser who has resigned and a labor secretary nominee who has withdrawn, the Trump administration takes on a new challenge: stanching leaks from U.S. intelligence.

    Immigration ban strains Trump relations with Silicon Valley
    January 30, 2017 at 9:06am

    Seven weeks ago, the president-elect made nice with the titans of tech, sitting down with them at Trump Tower and pledging government support.

    Coming together
    January 22, 2017 at 1:25pm

    From above, from the bird’s eye view of helicopters or satellites, the crowd was massive.

    The Davos elite
    January 19, 2017 at 8:22am

    The annual meeting in Davos brings together the elite of business and foreign relations - the supposed antithesis of Donald Trump’s views on governance.

    In a typical cabinet, Elaine Chao would be one of the richest
    January 12, 2017 at 8:37am

    When critics complain about the big-money nominees in Donald Trump’s cabinet, they focus on billionaire investor Wilbur Ross (Commerce), Amway in-law Betsy DeVos (Education), former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson (State) and Goldman Sachs alum Steve Mnuchin (Treasury).

    More stories →

Become a fan of Muckety on Facebook

  • Search for stories
    Special Features

Follow Muckety on Twitter Follow Muckety on Twitter
Muckety has no direct connection to most of the people or organizations listed on these pages.
We are unable to forward personal messages or provide personal contact information.
We make every effort at Muckety to ensure that our data is correct and timely. However, relationships are in constant flux and we cannot guarantee accuracy. If you come across incorrect or outdated information, please let us know by email.
© 2017 Muckety LLC