RICHARD EKMAN, AB ’66, PhD ’72, history of American civilization, is president emeritus and senior advisor of the Council of Independent Colleges and immediate past chair of the Graduate School Alumni Association Council. He is currently a fellow of the TIAA Institute, of counsel to Academic Search, and lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania’s graduate school of education. Previously, he served as vice president for programs of Atlantic Philanthropies, as secretary and senior program officer of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and as director of the Divisions of Research Programs and Education Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers Committee to Visit the University Library and the advisory boards for the university presses of Johns Hopkins and Louisiana State Universities. He is also past chair of the board of Project Pericles and a member of the boards of the American Academic Leadership Institute and Emeriti Retirement Health and of advisory boards to the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.