Richard Ekman, AB ’66, PhD ’72, history of American civilization, is president of the Council of Independent Colleges. He has previously 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, and currently serves as vice chair of the board of Project Pericles, member of the board of the American Academic Leadership Institute, and also of the advisory boards of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Dictionary of American Regional English.