Dr. Bernard C. Watson, Chair
Mr. Joseph Neubauer, Vice Chair
The Honorable Jacqueline F. Allen
Sheldon M. Bonovitz, Esq.
Ms. Tory Burch
Mr. André V. Duggin
Stephen J. Harmelin, Esq
Dr. Ernest C. Levister, Jr.
Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Ms. Aileen Roberts
Dr. Neil L. Rudenstine
Mr. Rajiv Savara
Mr. Donn Scott
Dr. Brenda T. Thompson
Thomas K. Whitford
BERNARD C. WATSON, PhD (Chair of Board and of Executive Committee)
Bernard C. Watson is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation. Until 2004, he was a Presidential Scholar at Temple University, an appointment made following his retirement at the end of 1993 as president and CEO of the William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He assumed that position in 1981 after a distinguished career as an educator, serving as a teacher and administrator in the public schools in Indiana; deputy superintendent of the Philadelphia public schools; professor of urban studies and urban education; and academic vice president of Temple University.
A veteran of the Korean War, he enlisted in the Air Force as a Basic Airman in 1951 and was discharged as a First Lieutenant in 1954. In 1967, he was appointed by President Lyndon Baines Johnson to the National Council on Education Professions Development. In 1980, he was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the National Council on Educational Research. In 1994, he was appointed by President Clinton to the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He served as senior vice chairman of the Board of the National Urban League for 13 years.
He has served on numerous other boards and commissions, including the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, the Public Interest Law Center, and the National Urban Coalition. He was vice chairman of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, secretary of the New Jersey State Aquarium, and chairman of the board of Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts, Inc.; from 1994 until 1997 he served as chairman of the board of the Healthcare Management Alternatives (HMA) Foundation.
Dr. Watson served on the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Board for 16 years; 14 years as vice chairman and two years as chair. He has served on six corporate boards, including First Fidelity Bancorp, the Philadelphia Contributionship Companies, and Comcast Corporation. He was a member of the United Negro College Fund's Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute Advisory Committee and served on the board of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund USA, Inc.
Dr. Watson is the author of three books, 11 monographs, chapters in 31 books, and 33 articles in professional journals. He is the recipient of more than 100 major awards, including the prestigious Philadelphia Award in 2001. He is also the recipient of 23 honorary degrees, and is a member of the American Philosophical Society. In his honor, Temple University arranged an annual cash prize for the best social science dissertation, furnished a graduate seminar room named after him, and established the endowed Bernard C. Watson Chair in Urban Education. In 2005, a school was named in his honor by the Gary, Indiana Board of Education.
Dr. Watson earned his PhD at the University of Chicago. He and his wife Lois are the parents of two children: Barbra, an attorney, and Bernard Jr., a journalist.
MR. JOSEPH NEUBAUER (Vice-Chair)
Joseph Neubauer is chairman of the board of ARAMARK and vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation. Mr. and Mrs. Neubauer are prominent business, education, and philanthropic leaders.They received the Fred DiBona Jr Individual Leadership Award from the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia in 2010, and were honored with the Louis B. Marshall Award from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2007.
In addition to serving on the Barnes Foundation Board of Trustees, Mr. Neubauer serves or has served on the board of trustees for the Jewish Theological Seminary, Macy’s Inc., Verizon Communications, Wachovia Corporation, Catalyst, Tufts University, and the University of Chicago.
He was inducted into the prestigious Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans in 1994, where he served as president and CEO; in 2005 he received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship; in 2007 he became a member of the American Philosophical Society, and in 2010 he received the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership.
Mr. Neubauer received his undergraduate degree from Tufts University and his MBA from the University of Chicago.
THE HONORABLE JACQUELINE F. ALLEN (Secretary)
Jacqueline Allen is secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation and a Philadelphia County Common Pleas Court Judge, elected to the bench in 1993 and retained for an additional ten-year term in 2003.
She is presently assigned to the Trial Division and sits in the Civil Program as a team leader supervising all major cases filed in 2001. As team leader she maintains judicial control over major jury cases with verdict potential in excess of $50,000. In addition to conducting settlement conferences, Judge Allen rules on all discovery motions and petitions for extraordinary relief prior to assigning cases to judicial team members for trial. She regularly serves as a presenter and discussion group leader for the New Judges Training Conference sponsored by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.
Prior to her current assignment, Judge Allen sat on the criminal side of the court for four years. She has received certification in Civil Mediation and Dispute Resolution for the National Judicial College. Judge Allen received her JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 1979 and a BA from Lincoln University. She also holds an MA in English Literature from Ohio State University.
SHELDON M. BONOVITZ, Esq. (Chair of Audit Committee)
Sheldon M. Bonovitz is chairman emeritus of Duane Morris, having stepped down as chairman in 2008 after serving ten years in that position. He practices in the areas of federal income taxation and corporate law, with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions. He also devotes his practice to business counseling, in particular acquisitions and dispositions of businesses, succession, governance, and the structuring of multi-party transactions.
Mr. Bonovitz serves on the public company Boards of Directors of Comcast Corporation and eResearch Technology, Inc. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of several privately-held companies and a leveraged buy-out fund. In addition, he is a Trustee of the Dolfinger-McMahon Charitable Trust and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, and he serves on the Boards of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation and the Curtis Institute of Music.
A former Chairman of the Tax Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Mr. Bonovitz is also a former Chairman of the Corporate Tax Committee and the Committee on Affiliated and Related Corporations of the Taxation Section of the American Bar Association. A member of the Tax Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, he is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and a member of the Tax Advisory Group of the American Law Institute. He has written numerous articles on corporate tax, has lectured at various tax institutes throughout the country and has taught advanced courses in taxation at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and at the Graduate Tax Program of Temple University School of Law. Mr. Bonovitz most recently was a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School for the course "The Large Law Firm – Organization, Operation, Strategies and Issues," covering the subject in a realistic, large law firm setting in 2009.
A former Attorney-Advisor to the Honorable Arnold Raum of the United States Tax Court, Mr. Bonovitz is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.
Bonovitz currently serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Philadelphia Library Company. In June 2005, he was named to the board of the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania. He’s clearly honored by the recognition of joining the select group charged with the stewardship of one of the world’s single greatest impressionist and post-impressionist collections.
He attended Wharton where he studied accounting, then Harvard Law School, where he mastered tax law. After clerking in Washington, he returned to Philadelphia to work at Duane Morris. In 1998 he was named the firm’s chairman and CEO.
His wife, Jill Bonovitz, is an artist working in Philadelphia. She attended Moore College of Art from 1971-74, Columbia Teachers College, New York from 1962-70, graduated from Columbia University in 1962 with a B.S., and attended the University of Wisconsin from 1958-60.
MS. TORY BURCH
Tory Burch is a Pennsylvania native, born and raised in Valley Forge. Ms. Burch graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in art history and moved to New York to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She is CEO and designer for her self-named company Tory Burch. Before starting her own business Ms. Burch worked for some of the most influential American designers, including Ralph Lauren,Vera Wang, and Narciso Rodriguez, and has received several awards from the fashion industry including a 2008 CFDA for Accessory Designer of the Year, 2007 Accessory Brand Launch of the Year from Accessories Council of Excellence, and 2005 Rising Star Award from Fashion Group International. Inspired by her experiences as a business owner and working mother, Ms. Burch launched the Tory Burch Foundation in 2009. The Tory Burch Foundation supports the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs and their families in the U.S. through microfinance and mentorship. She has three children.
MR. ANDRÉ V. DUGGIN
Mr. Duggin founded A.V. Consultants, Inc. ("AVC") in 1982 and developed it into a leading commercial insurance consulting, risk management and brokerage firm. In 1992, he formed Consolidated Risk Services, Inc. ("CRS") and developed it into a leader in the area of alternative risk program management for workers compensation and other casualty line programs. He formed AV International, Inc. ("AVI") in 1998 as a holding company for AVC and CRS and as a vehicle to manage and direct the future expansion of his insurance services enterprise. He Founded AVI West Coast, Inc. in 2000 to facilitate the expansion of AVI into California and other West Coast states. Mr. Duggin is the majority stockholder and Chairman of the Board of AVI.
Mr. Duggin has provided consulting support to AmeriChoice and has served on its board of directors since its inception in 1989. AmeriChoice Corporation, the parent company of HMOs located in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, specializes in managed care programs for Medicaid and Medicare programs. He is also the founder of Comprehensive Benefits Services Company, Inc. (CBSC) that was acquired by a national firm, EBP, Inc. in 1986.
Mr. Duggin graduated North Carolina State University in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science. He is licensed as an insurance agent and broker in various states.
Mrs. Diane J. Duggin has been a board member of Dance Theatre of Harlem. They have two children, Tiffany and Julien.
STEPHEN HARMELIN (Treasurer)
Stephen Joseph Harmelin is Treasurer of the Board of Trustees, Barnes Foundation and Partner, Managing Partner; Executive Committee Member for Dilworth Paxson. He has experience in corporate law, securities and financial transactions. He also represents various governmental and non-profit entities. In 2007 and 2008 he served as the Receiver ad litem appointed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to recover damages for investors in a $250 million hedge fund fraud. The $170 million recovery was the CFTC’s largest in history. Mr. Harmelin is engaged in various civic and charitable activities. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Atlantic Legal Foundation, is Chairman of the Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation, and is General Counsel of the National Constitution Center.
He has been consistently chosen by a survey of his fellow lawyers to be listed in the publication, The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Harmelin lectures on law firm management, corporate reorganizations and other financial transactions. For three years he served as Chairman of the Board of a New York Stock Exchange-listed company, Publicker Industries, Inc. In addition, he serves on the Board of numerous privately-held companies, including one year in which he served as an executive and as Chairman of Confab Inc., one of the Philadelphia area's largest employers.
He served from 1989 to 2002 by appointment of the Governor as a Commissioner on the Board of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. This Authority developed and operates the $500 million Convention Center opened in Philadelphia in 1993. He also served in 1992 by unanimous vote of the Pennsylvania Democratic and Republican Senate and House leadership as General Counsel to the Legislative Reapportionment Commission. This Commission had the responsibility for redistricting the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania following the 1990 Census. He was appointed in 2001 to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals Task Force on the selection of lead counsel in class action lawsuits. In 2003 he received a Certificate of Service from the Director of the FBI for his work with its agents to recover an original Bill of Rights manuscript which was missing for over 135 years.
Mr. Harmelin is engaged in various other civic and charitable activities. He is Founder of the Philadelphia Constitution Foundation (2000) which owned one of the world's most extensive libraries on international Constitutions. Projects of the Foundation included supporting the exhibition of an original Magna Carta in Philadelphia as well as providing guidance to the Constitutional Commission of the Russian Republic. Mr. Harmelin is on the Board of the Atlantic Legal Foundation and is Chairman of the Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation. He is a Trustee of and General Counsel to the National Constitution Center, a $200 million project that opened in Independence National Historical Park on July 4, 2003.
Mr. Harmelin is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (1960) and the Harvard Law School (1963). Following graduation and active duty in the United States Coast Guard, Mr. Harmelin served as a White House Aide in the Administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson. The initiation and development of the highly-regarded White House Fellows Program was an area of his responsibility. In 1970 Mr. Harmelin served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia.
He is married to Julia and has two daughters, Alison and Melina. He was born in Philadelphia.
DR. ERNEST C. LEVISTER, Jr.
Dr. Levister is a highly regarded advocate for the underrepresented and for dismantling health care disparities. Levister's desire to level the playing field propelled him to lead the Vines Medical Society, an affiliate of the National Medical Association. Dr. Levister served as President of the J.W. Vines Medical Society, a component of the National Medical Association, from 1994 until 2001. The organization supports and advocates such issues as equal opportunity education, the development and retention of African American physicians and improving the overall quality of patient care in our communities.
Dr. Levister. is a qualified medical examiner and an independent medical examiner for the State of California. He practices internal medicine, cardiology, occupational medicine, and toxicology in San Bernardino. Prior to his role as medical attaché to the United States from 1978-79, he practiced internal medicine and cardiology in Virginia, Washington, D.C., Texas, and for the U.S.A. European Command.
Throughout his distinguished career, Levister has held a variety of academic positions. He was a fellow for the American College of Physicians in 1977, and later a fellow for the American College of Preventative Medicine. He has been a member of both the Diplomatic National Board of Medical Examiners and the Diplomatic American Board of Internal Medicine. His academic appointments include his current position as clinical professor of medicine at the University of Irvine, and his previous post as clinical assistant professor of occupational and environmental medicine at the same institution. Prior to his time in California, he was an instructor in the school of engineering at the Tuskegee Institute, a clinical assistant professor of medicine for the George Washington School of Medicine, and an assistant professor of medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
He has published extensively on various medical topics, most recently a chapter in Science on the witness stand: Evaluating scientific evidence in law, adjudication and policy titled “Individual medical evaluation and personal risk.” Additionally, he has long been a medical columnist for the Black Voice News, and served as commissioner for the City of Riverside’s Environmental Protection Commission.
Levister has been honored with numerous awards, including the California Medical Association Leadership Award and recognition from the 108th Congress, 2nd session for Congressional Record Proceeding. He was a 1999 recipient of the Dr. Rosemary Schraer Humanitarian Award, and a 2000 recipient of the Black Rose Award from the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation.
He received his A.B. in chemistry from Lincoln University and his B.S. in chemical engineering from Lafayette
College, both in Pennsylvania. Levister was then awarded his M.D. from Howard University, and completed his internship, residencies in radiology, internal medicine, cardiology, and occupational medicine in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and San Francisco, respectively.
DR. KHALIL GIBRAN MUHAMMAD
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, PhD, a native of Chicago’s South Side, is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library. Muhammad is a former professor of African-American history at Indiana University.
Dr. Muhammad graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics in 1993. Muhammad is a member of the Delta Eta chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. After working at Deloitte & Touche LLP, Muhammad received his Ph.D. in American History from Rutgers University in 2004, specializing in 20th-century U.S. and African-American history. He spent two years as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit criminal justice reform agency in New York City, before joining the faculty of Indiana University.
Muhammad is the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America. The Condemnation of Blackness won the American Studies Association John Hope Franklin Publication Prize. The annual prize is awarded to the best published book in American studies.
As an academic, Muhammad is at the forefront of scholarship on the enduring link between race and crime that has shaped and limited opportunities for African Americans. Muhammad is now working on his second book, Disappearing Acts: The End of White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow, which traces the historical roots of the changing demographics of crime and punishment so evident today. He has been an Associate Editor of The Journal of American History, and was recently appointed to the Editorial Board of Transition Magazine, published by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.
MS. AILEEN KENNEDY ROBERTS (Chair of the Building Committee)
She is actively involved in the community and Philadelphia philanthropy. She serves on the Board of Directors at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, is an overseer at the William Penn Charter School, and is actively involved with Project Home. Aileen was a leading force in planning for the Project Home’s Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs, a new 40,000 square foot technology center in North Philadelphia.
Ms. Roberts has served on the boards of the Franklin Institute, Avenue of the Arts and the International House. She has also been active in services at the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Academy of Music. Ms. Roberts graduated from the Design School of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Landscape Architecture. After college she worked for several architectural firms. Prior to starting a family, she was a banker with CoreStates, now Wachovia, in the investment management and trusts divisions.
She and her husband, Brian, live in Philadelphia with their three children. Brian L. Roberts is Chairman and CEO of Comcast. He is the son of Comcast co-founder Ralph J. Roberts. Brian was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Germantown Academy High School, Roberts received his B.S. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity.
DR. NEIL L. RUDENSTINE (Chair of Program Committee)
Dr. Neil L. Rudenstine is Chair of the Advisory Board for ARTstor. Previously, he was President of Harvard University from 1991-2001. From 1988-1991, he served as Executive Vice President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. During the two preceding decades, Rudenstine was a faculty member and senior administrator at Princeton University. A scholar of Renaissance literature, he was an associate professor and then a professor of English. He also held a series of administrative posts: dean of students (1968-72), dean of the college (1972-77), and provost (1977-88). Previously, Rudenstine served at Harvard from 1964 to 1968 as an instructor and then an assistant professor in the Department of English and American Literature and Language.
Dr. Rudenstine received his bachelor's degree from Princeton in 1956. A Rhodes Scholar, he studied for the next three years at New College, Oxford University, where he earned a second BA and an MA. In 1964, he was awarded a PhD in English from Harvard, where he was a Harvard Prize Fellow. He then joined the faculty at Harvard, and stayed until leaving for Princeton in 1968.
Rudenstine is an honorary Fellow of New College, Ozford, and Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, as well as Provost Emertis of Princeton University. He is also a Fellow of the American Acedemy of Arts and Sciences, a former director of the American Council on Education, and a member of the the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Philadephical Society and the Committee for Economic Development. Rudenstine also served as a trustee of the College Entrance Examination Board and of the Wooster School in Danbury, Connecticut, of which he is a graduate.
Rudenstine grew up in Danbury, Connecticut (born January 21, 1935), after his family moved there from Vermont in 1940. He is the son of Mae Esperito Rudenstine and the late Henry Rudenstine.
Since 2001, Angelica Zander Rudenstine served as Program Officer of the Museums and Art Conservation Program for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation until her recent retirement in March 2010. Mrs. Rudenstine has been responsible for the Mellon Foundation’s grantmaking in this program since 1993, when she began as a Senior Advisor. She continues to consult for the Foundation, assisting with the establishment of photograph conservation at the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.
She received her BA and MA with honors at Oxford University, and MA with distinction in Classical Archaeology at Smith College.
In 1961 she joined the staff of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she was responsible for research in European paintings. In 1969 she was commissioned by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to catalogue the Museum's permanent collection, serving as research curator until 1982, and subsequently continuing in a freelance capacity to prepare a catalogue of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. In 1983 she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and in 1985-86 she served as adjunct professor, Institute of Fine Arts New York University, while also preparing a catalogue of the Pulitzer Collection.
She has served as curator or co-curator of several major exhibitions, including The George Costakis Collection at the Guggenheim Museum and several other venues; Kazimir Malevich at the National Gallery, Washington, DC and the Metropolitan Museum, New York; Piet Mondrian at the National Gallery, Washington, DC and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the College Art Association; the editorial board of the Art Bulletin and of The American Scholar; the Millard Meiss Publications Committee; the Publications Committee of the J. Paul Getty Trust; Chairman of the Visiting Committee to the Department of Fine Arts, Harvard University; Chairman of the Visiting Committee to the J. Paul Getty Museum; a member of the Advisory Board of the J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and Humanities; a member of selection panels at the NEH and the NEA; Trustee of the American Academy in Rome and co-chair of its Fine Arts Committee. She currently serves on the Board of Marlboro Music and of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.
Ms. Rudenstine's publications include The Guggenheim Museum Collection: Paintings 1880-1945 (1976); Russian Avant-Garde Art: The George Costakis Collection (1981); Art of the Avante-Garde in Russia, co-author, exhibition catalogue (1981); Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice (1985, received the Alfred H. Barr Award for the outstanding museum catalogue of the year); Modern Painting Drawing and Sculpture from the Collection of Emily and Joseph Pulitzer Jr. (1988, awarded the Mitchell Prize for 20th Century Art); Piet Mondrian, exhibition catalogue (ed.) (1994).
In May of 2010, the Barnes honored Mrs. Rudenstine on the occasion of her retirement from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation by naming a study room in the new Parkway complex for her.
The Rudenstines have three children, Antonia, Nicholas, and Sonya.
MR. RAJIV SAVARA
Rajiv Savara is Group Managing Director for G&T Oilfield And Offshore Services.
In a decade, Mr. Savara, a first-generation entrepreneur, and his wife, Roohi, have built a museum-worthy selection of Indian works spanning the late-19th to mid-20th centuries.
The Savaras are recognized internationally as experts on Indian art. They sit on the advisory committee of Indian and Himalayan art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and were the principal sponsors of a 2008 exhibition on Nandalal Bose at the San Diego Museum of Art. They are also members of the advisory board of the newly created Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in Noida, outside of New Delhi, which focuses on Modern and contemporary art.
The couple own rare and historically significant works, including one of the largest private collections of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, considered India’s first Modern painter. They also own the largest number of works by Vasudeo Gaitonde (1924-2001), India’s leading abstract artist , as well as significant works by the Bengal school’s Tagore family.
Because the Savaras are extremely private, their collection has seldom been seen. The couple, who have two daughters — Tejshree, 23, and Taarini, 16 — eschew entertaining at home and attending social art events. They largely shun the news media.
He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience in the Oil & Natural Gas and Marine Industries. On completing his schooling from St. Xaviers High School - Delhi, Rajiv graduated in Commerce from the Sri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi. He commenced his Articles with Kumar, Grover & Co. - Chartered Accountants, having completed them with Mohinder Puri & Co. - Chartered Accountants. On qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in July 1984, he joined the Management Consultancy Division of A. F. Ferguson & Co. - Chartered Accountants where he was responsible for several financial and accounting assignments including those related to strategic acquisitions. In 1989, Rajiv identified the niche for a professionally run business that could supply equipment and provide services to the Oil & Natural Gas Sectors, whereupon, he and Sarabjit Singh jointly established G&T Resources Worldwide, a Partnership Firm, now dormant. Thereafter, Rajiv has played a significant role in the conceptualization, formation, taking forward and the success of both, G&T Oilfield And Offshore Services Pvt. Ltd as well as G&T Total Energy Services Pvt. Ltd.
In the mid-90's, Rajiv and his wife Roohi, embarked upon their collecting career, starting their Collection with Japanese Meiji Art, focusing on Wooden and Ivory Okimonos as well as Shadonas. In the late 90's, their focus diverted to the creation of what has now become, a distinguished yet little - known, most personal collection of Pre-Modern and Modern Indian Art. Their approach has been a unique blend of insight and erudition. Roohi and Rajiv's admiration for the powerful Works of Raja Ravi Varma, the Tagore's (Rabindranath, Gaganendranath and Abanindranath) and the early period Works of the Progressives Group (M.F. Husain, V.S. Gaitonde, S.H. Raza, F.N. Souza, Akbar Padamsee, Ram Kumar) reinforced their desire to collect and realize an ever-expanding program of acquisitions, now nested as the Roohi and Rajiv Savara Family Collections.
Roohi and Rajiv, alongwith Rajiv's younger brother Rahul Savara, have established the not-for-profit The Savara Foundation for the Arts, to house this unique repository of Pre-Modern and Modern Indian Art and to encourage, in the Arts, higher education, conservation and support the development of new areas of purpose.
Roohi, is a Lawyer with over 16 years of Legal Consulting experience, most of it in the Oil & Natural Gas Industry. After high schooling from the Convent of Jesus & Mary, New Delhi in 1979, Roohi graduated with Honors in Commerce in 1982, from the prestigious Jesus & Mary College, University of Delhi. On completing her post graduation in Law from Delhi University, she joined P R Agrawal & Associates - Advocates & Solicitors. She became associated with the activities of the G&T Group in the early-90s and thereafter, co-promoted the setting up of both, G&T Oilfield And Offshore Services Pvt. Ltd. and subsequently, G&T Total Energy Services Pvt. Ltd. She no longer practices but uses her legal skills to manage the collection.
MR. DONN SCOTT
Mr. Scott is executive vice president with Wachovia Bank. He joined Philadelphia National Bank, which later became CoreStates in June of 1970. CoreStates was acquired by First Union in 1999 and later changed its name to Wachovia, which was acquired by Wells Fargo in December 2008.
At Wachovia, Mr. Scott is responsible for managing the Government Banking Group, which provides financial services to States, Municipalities, School Districts and Authorities in Pennsylvania and Delaware since 2000.
His community involvement includes Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation; Former Chair of The African American Museum in Philadelphia; Co-Chair of Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition; Pennsylvania Economy League; The PENJERDEL Council; Community College of Philadelphia Foundation; Boys & Girls Club of Camden County; Advisory Board–Victory Schools in Philadelphia. He has a B.A. in Economics from Lincoln University and a M.B.A. in Finance from Temple University.
Scott is a former member of the Board of Directors of Lincoln University. He lives in Voorhees, New Jersey, is married to Romesa Lambert Scott and has three children: Donn, Jr., Danelle, and Darryl.
DR. BRENDA T. THOMPSON
Brenda Taggart Thompson received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Saint Louis University in 1980. She was an Assistant Professor at Morehouse College in the Department of Psychology for seven years, before focusing on child and adolescent mental health, first as a Clinical Psychologist then as a School psychologist.
Dr. Thompson shares a passion for collection African-American art with her husband Larry D. Thompson and they have amassed a remarkable collection since 1980. A 2008 show containing selections from their collection was hosted by the David C. Driskell Center in Maryland.
Dr. Thompson has two sons and lives with her husband in Greenwich, Connecticut.
MR. THOMAS K. WHITFORD
Thomas K. Whitford is vice chairman of The PNC Financial Services Group, with responsibility for PNC’s technology and operations. He also directs the activities of the company’s regional presidents and corporate communications program.
Since joining PNC in 1983, Whitford has held leadership positions in consumer banking, asset management and strategic planning. In 1997, he was named chief executive officer of PNC’s wealth management business. He was named chief risk officer in May 2002 and helped PNC sharpen its strategic focus and integrated coordination of all risk management activities corporate wide. Whitford was named chief administrative officer in May 2007 and his responsibilities were expanded to include corporate communications, operations, human resources, and the company’s regional presidents. Following PNC's acquisition of National City Corporation in December 2008, he was appointed chairman of National City Bank where he successfully led the integration. In February2009, he was promoted to vice chairman of PNC. He assumed his current role in April 2010.
He serves on the boards of directors of The Barnes Foundation, Robert Morris University and The Wharton Financial Services Center. Whitford earned his MBA in finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s
Wharton School and holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts.