Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Announces President Kelly as Chair of its Board of Trustees

June 18, 2013 | CUNY Graduate Center

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has elected Graduate Center President William P. Kelly as its new chair of the board of trustees. Kelly has served as president of the Graduate Center since 2005. As of July 1, he will become interim chancellor of the City University of New York.

“There is no person better suited by character, vision, and leadership to lead the foundation’s board of trustees,” said Edward Hirsch, president of the Guggenheim Foundation. “We’re all very much looking forward to working with him.” Kelly, who has served on the foundation’s board since 2009, will succeed Joseph A. Rice, who has stepped down as chair after serving nineteen years in this position to become chair emeritus.

Established in 1925 by Senator Simon and Mrs. Guggenheim as a memorial to a son who died at age seventeen, the foundation offers year-long fellowships to artists, scholars, and scientists through a yearly competition. Since its founding, the foundation has granted over $300 million in fellowships to some 17,500 individuals.