Emerson College President Lee Pelton was featured in the Boston Globe for his appointment to the Board of Trustees of the Barr Foundation, one of New England’s largest private philanthropies.
Pelton joins energy and environmental regulation expert Susan Tierney as the newest faces on the now-five-person board, which also includes founders Amos and Barbara Hostetter and Barr Foundation President Jim Canales. Amos Hostetter is co-founder of Continental Cablevision. The $1.7 billion foundation will distribute about $80 million in grants this year, the Globe reports.
The foundation is looking to expand its influence in the areas of climate change, the arts, and education, according to the Globe. Both Pelton and Tierney “were chosen for the expertise ‘in and beyond Barr’s focus areas,’ the foundation said.”
Prior to coming to Emerson in 2011, Pelton served as president of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and has taught literature at Harvard University, his alma mater. He is a vocal advocate for civic engagement, diversity, and liberal education.