Board Retirement

Judith R. Shapiro
Judith Shapiro joined the Teagle Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2009 and was elected to lead the staff as President in 2014. The Foundation has benefited from her wisdom, vision, and direction and is grateful for nearly a decade of service.  

Under Ms. Shapiro’s leadership, the foundation expanded its commitment to excellent liberal arts instruction at a wide range of institutions, including liberal arts colleges, comprehensive institutions, community colleges, and research universities. New initiatives were developed and addressed bridging connections between the liberal arts and professional degree preparation, developing coherent, integrated curriculum, and integrating online education into the residential liberal arts experience.

Ms. Shapiro began her teaching career at the University of Chicago in 1970, the first woman appointed to the Department of Anthropology, and moved to Bryn Mawr College in 1975. She became chair of the department, Dean of the Undergraduate College in 1985-6, and then served as Provost from 1986 to 1994. Shapiro assumed the Barnard College presidency in 1994 and served until 2008. She was elected in 2003 to membership in the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, and is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She participates on various non-profit boards and advisory committees, including the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Scholars at Risk, and University of the People.

New Board Member

Kate Shae is Vice President, Corporate Financial Services at ExxonMobil. She was elected to the Teagle Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2018. Ms. Shae’s previous responsibilities include Assistant Treasurer of Exxon Mobil Corporation, Business Services Manager and Treasurer for ExxonMobil Australia, Chief Financial Officer of Aera Energy LLC, and Financial Reporting Manager for ExxonMobil’s global Gas and Power Marketing organization. Ms. Shae succeeds Ben Soraci as the representative from the Exxon Mobile Corporation appointed to serve on the Teagle Foundation’s board pursuant to its bylaws. Ms. Shae earned her B.Sc. (Hons.) degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.