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CCE Advisory Board

Jim Ottaway (Chair) 
Publishing Executive 
Jim Ottaway Jr. is the former chairman of Ottaway Newspapers, Inc., the community newspaper subsidiary of Dow Jones & Co., Inc. After 43 years work in various positions, he also retired from the board of directors of Dow Jones in 2005. His career has included stints as a reporter, associate editor, bureau chief, statehouse correspondent, management trainee, editor, publisher and ultimately, chairman of the board.  Expand for more.Expand
James Friedlich 
President, Empirical Media Advisors 
Following a fifteen-year career at The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Friedlich became president of Empirical Media Advisors in 2011. Prior to that he was a founding partner in ZelnickMedia, a New York-based private equity partnership. He specializes in investments in digital media, professional information and business services. He has focused his philanthropic activities on youth, education and media.    Expand for more.Expand
Philip W. Henderson 
President, Surdna Foundation 
Phillip Henderson is president of the Surdna Foundation, a New York City-based family foundation focused on fostering sustainable communities in the United States.  The Surdna Foundation, founded in 1917, operates programs in sustainable environment, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.  Mr. Henderson has been with Surdna since 2007. Prior to his appointment at Surdna, he was Vice President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization and providing strategic guidance to staff and programs.     Expand for more.Expand
George A. Kellner 
CEO, Kellner Capital 
Mr. George A. Kellner is the Founder, Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive Officer at Kellner Capital, LLC. He has vast investment experience. Mr. Kellner founded the firm in 1981. Prior to this, he was a Senior Vice President and established the arbitrage department of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Before that, Mr. Kellner was a Vice President and House Counsel of the Madison Fund where he had broad responsibilities as a Financial Analyst and Portfolio Manager.    Expand for more.Expand
Vincent McGee 
Trustee, Gagarin Trust & Senior Advisor, The Atlantic Philanthropies 
Vincent McGee has been active in the private foundation field since 1973. Currently, he is senior advisor at The Atlantic Philanthropies and a board member of The Overbrook Foundation, The Sister Fund, and Program for Appropriate Technology in Health. He began his career in philanthropy as the executive director of The DJB Foundation and served as executive director of The Aaron Diamond Foundation from 1985 to 1996.

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Alexander Papachristou
Executive Director, Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice 
Mr. Papachristou joined the Vance Center as Executive Director in January 2012. He directs the organization's overall operations and focuses on its programmatic and institutional initiatives, as well as fundraising. He previously was president of the Near East Foundation, a participatory, community-based economic and social development organization working in Arab and African countries.    Expand for more.Expand
Joel H. Rosenthal 
President, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs 
Joel H. Rosenthal has served as president of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs since 1995. He is also adjunct professor, New York University and chairman of the Bard College Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) program in New York City. As a scholar and teacher, Rosenthal has focused on ethics in US foreign policy, with special emphasis on issues of war and peace, human rights, and pluralism.    Expand for more.Expand
Felicitas Thorne 
Felicitas S. Thorne was born and raised in post-war Germany, came to the U.S. in 1969, and became a citizen in 1981. She received her Abitur in 1962 and earned a Physical Therapist Diploma in 1966, working until 1969 in Munich, Germany. Since then, she has lived in Millbrook NY. She is married and the mother of two grown children. Since 1996, she has been getting to know Bard College and enriching her life by enjoying the Bard Music Festival, lectures, and events, always welcoming new friends at Bard.    Expand for more.Expand
Susan H. Gillespie (ex officio) 
Vice President for Special Global Initiatives, Bard College & Founding Director, IILE 
Susan H. Gillespie has worked at Bard since 1985, following positions at The New York Public Library and the New York Zoological Society. Before the Institute was created in 1998, she served as Bard’s Vice President for Development and Public Affairs, in which capacity she honed a useful skill in raising funds. She is an ex officio member of the Board of Overseers of Smolny College and serves as a member of the Board of Advisers of Words Without Borders.   Expand for more.Expand
Jonathan Becker (ex officio) 
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director, Center for Civic Engagement

Dr. Jonathan Becker is the director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bard. He is also an associate professor of political studies specializing in Russian and eastern European politics, media and politics, and education reform. Jonathan arrived at Bard in 1997. For a decade, Jonathan has overseen the academic development of Bard’s international partnerships, including those in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and the West Bank. He also played a central role in founding Bard’s Globalization and International Affairs Program in New York City; Bard’s debate and Model United Nations teams; and election.bard.edu, which registers students to vote, facilitates student internships with local officials, and has fought voter suppression efforts in Dutchess County.

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