National Project Pericles®
Eugene Lang, a retired businessman with a history of philanthropic educational programs, envisioned Project Pericles as a catalyst for developing high quality college programs that educate for social responsibility and participatory citizenship.
Lang, who was awarded an honorary degree from Macalester College, named the initiative after Pericles who lived in the fifth century B.C. and is credited with bringing democracy to Athens and thereby laying a foundation for America's philosophy of governance and active citizenship.
A distinguished national planning committee further developed the concept and policies. Macalester College is honored to be one of ten charter members as of January 2003. Our president serves on the President's Council of Project Pericles and our Board of Trustees has endorsed our participation.
The above link will direct you to the National Project Pericles website and the institutions that can refer to themselves as Pericleans. Links are provided for those Pericleans with a dedicated Project Pericles web page.
Governance of Project Pericles®
Project Pericles is governed by its Chairman and executive staff, the Board of Directors, the Presidents’ Council, and the National Board of Advisors.
Board of Directors
Chairman: Eugene M. Lang – Founder and President, Project Pericles; Chairman Emeritus, Swarthmore College; Trustee, The New School; Founder and Chairman Emeritus, “I Have A Dream”® Foundation
Executive Director: Jan R. Liss – Ex officio; former Associate Director, The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program; former Vice President, Strategic Planning and New Business Development, Consumers Union (publisher of Consumer Reports)
Alison R. Bernstein – Vice President, Education and Culture Program, Ford Foundation; former Assoc. Dean of Faculty, Princeton University; former Exec. Editor, Change magazine; Member, Board of Advisors, CAPHE
Alfred H. Bloom – President, Swarthmore College; former Provost, Pitzer College; former Chairman, Annapolis Group of Liberal Arts Colleges; Board Member, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
David A. Caputo – President Emeritus, Pace University; former President, Hunter College; former Dean of Liberal Arts, Purdue University; Co-chair, Professional Standards of Teaching, N.Y.S. Board of Regents
Janet S. Dickerson - Vice President for Campus Life, Princeton University
Richard Ekman – President, Council of Independent Colleges; former Vice President for Programs, Atlantic Philanthropic Service Company; former Secretary of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Ellen V. Futter – President, American Museum of Natural History; former President, Barnard College; former Chair, Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Fellow, Academy of Arts and Sciences
Neil R. Grabois – Former Vice President, Carnegie Corporation of New York; former President, Colgate University; former Provost, Williams College
Leo M. Lambert – President, Elon University; former Provost and Vice Chancellor of University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
Arthur E. Levine – President, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation; former President, Teachers College (Columbia University); former Chairman, Higher Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education; former President, Bradford College
Michael S. McPherson – President, The Spencer Foundation; former President, Macalester College
Nancy B. Peretsman – Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Allen & Co., Inc.
Brian Rosenberg - Ex officio; Chair, Project Pericles Presidents' Council; President, Macalester College
Mark A. Vander Ploeg - Senior Managing Director, Evercore Partners
Harris L. Wofford – Chairman, America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth; former CEO, The Corporation for National Service; former U.S. Senator; former President, Bryn Mawr College
Chair: Brian Rosenberg*, Macalester College
National Board of Advisors
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