Press Release

W. Robert Connor to head Teagle Foundation

For immediate release

New York, N.Y.-The Board of Directors of The Teagle Foundation has announced the appointment of W. Robert Connor as president and chief executive officer of the foundation effective May 1, 2003. He will succeed Richard W. Kimball, who retired as president and CEO on May 31, 2002, after 15 years with the foundation.

Connor comes to the foundation from the National Humanities Center (NHC), a privately incorporated independent institute for advanced study in the humanities located in Research Triangle Park, NC, where he served as president and director from 1989 through 2002. His directorship at the NHC was marked by the development of programs that linked state of the art scholarship with strengthened teaching at both the college and pre-collegiate levels. Prior to NHC, he was Andrew Fleming West Professor of Classics at Princeton University, where he was also chairman of the university's Council of the Humanities. He received his Ph.D. in Classics at Princeton University and has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Connor graduated from Hamilton College, New York, and received honorary degrees from there and Knox College, Illinois. Connor and his wife, Callie, live in Hillsborough, NC, where he will also maintain an office in addition to the foundation's New York site.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Bob Connor to the Teagle Foundation," said John S. Chalsty, chairman of The Teagle Foundation. "In his scholarship and service at Princeton University, and especially throughout his tenure at the National Humanities Center, Bob has consistently displayed the intellectual drive, vision, and energy required to lead an institution to a new level of excellence. We are fortunate to draw upon his wisdom and experience as we carry forward The Teagle Foundation's philanthropic mission."

Under Kimball's leadership, the foundation offered a number of visionary programs such as the Small College Grants Program, the LPN-to-BSN Initiative under its nursing education program, and most recently the widely heralded Collaborative Ventures Program. Chalsty said: "The board and the many institutions that benefited from his good counsel will truly miss him." Connor stated: "I am honored to follow in Dick's footsteps and look forward to building on the good works he has accomplished."

The Teagle Foundation, a private foundation incorporated in Connecticut, was established in 1944 by Walter C. Teagle (1878-1962), longtime president and later chairman of the board of Standard Oil Company (New Jersey), now Exxon Mobil Corporation. The Foundation's major interest is strengthening private higher education, with a principal emphasis on small liberal arts colleges and a secondary emphasis on nursing education and theological education.