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John Alchin Elected to Barnes Foundation Board of Trustees

January 18, 2018

Philadelphia, PA—The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation today announced that John R. Alchin, who most recently served as Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Financial Officer of Comcast Corporation, has been elected to the Board of Trustees.

“My fellow Trustees and the Barnes staff join me in welcoming John to the Board,” said Joseph Neubauer, Chair of the Barnes Foundation Board of Trustees. “With John’s extensive business background and dedication to important philanthropic causes, he brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge.”

“I find the Barnes’s progressive educational mission inspiring, along with its recent initiatives to make its renowned collection accessible to a wider and more diverse audience than ever before,” said Mr. Alchin. “It will be an honor to serve the Barnes’s many communities and support the significant work being done to ensure the Foundation’s future growth and success.”

John Alchin joined Comcast in 1990 as Senior Vice President and Treasurer. In 2002, he was appointed Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Financial Officer, a position he held until his retirement in 2008. Prior to joining Comcast, Mr. Alchin was a Managing Director of Toronto Dominion Bank, where he was active in founding the bank’s U.S. Communications Finance Group in 1980, which rapidly became the largest lender to the cable television industry.

Mr. Alchin serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Ralph Lauren Corporation and Xplornet Communications, Inc., Markham, Ontario, Canada. He serves on the Board of Trustees of BNY Mellon Funds Trust and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance), the Advisory Group of Catalyst Investors LP, and the Finance Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region. Mr. Alchin earned his BA and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto.

The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation:

Joseph Neubauer, Chair 
Aileen Kennedy Roberts, Vice Chair
Stephen J. Harmelin, Esq., Treasurer
The Honorable Jacqueline F. Allen, Secretary
John J. Aglialoro
John R. Alchin
Sheldon M. Bonovitz, Esq. 
Pamela D. Bundy
Tory Burch
Daniel M. DiLella
Catherine Liggins Hughes
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, PhD
Neil L. Rudenstine, PhD 
Brenda A. Thompson, PhD
Chair Emeritus
Bernard C. Watson, PhD
Emeritus Trustees
Stephanie Bell-Rose
Agnes Gund
Honorary Trustees 
Wallis Annenberg 
Betsy Z. Cohen
David Haas
Jane Korman
H. F. (Gerry) Lenfest 
William A. Slaughter, Esq. 
Joan Thalheimer 
Bruce E. Toll 
A. Morris Williams, Jr. 

The Barnes Foundation is a non-profit cultural and educational institution that shares its unparalleled art collection with the public, organizes special exhibitions, and presents programming that fosters new ways of thinking about human creativity. The Barnes collection is displayed in ensembles that integrate art and objects from across cultures and time periods, overturning traditional hierarchies and revealing universal elements of human expression. Home to one of the world’s finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern painting—including the largest groups of paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Paul Cézanne in existence—the Barnes brings together renowned masterworks by such artists as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, and Vincent van Gogh, alongside ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and non-Western art as well as metalwork, furniture, and decorative art.

The Barnes Foundation was established by Dr. Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” Since moving to the heart of Philadelphia in 2012, the Barnes has expanded its commitment to teaching visual literacy in groundbreaking ways, investing in original scholarship relating to its collection and enhancing accessibility throughout every facet of its program.

The Barnes Foundation is open Wednesday–Monday, and tickets can be purchased on-site, online, or by calling 215.278.7200. Ticket prices and current hours are listed on our website.


Deirdre Maher, Director of Communications
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