The Role of the Center Council is to meet with the Director biannually and when necessary, to support and guide the Center and help it realize its mission. Its advisorial role will encompass all aspects of the Center's like and planning: programmatic, administrative, and development-related. 



Jane Phillips Donaldson co-founded Phillips Oppenheim with Debra Oppenheim in 1991. Previously, she spent over 10 years in college administration as Dean of Admissions at Wesleyan University, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale College and founding Director of Admissions and Placement at the Yale School of Management. Jane holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois, and is chair of the University of Illinois Foundation Board.  She is currently a trustee of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation and Story Corps. She is an emerita trustee of the Allen-Stevenson School and is a past board chair of both Jobs for the Future and the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She is a former board member of Bennington College.



Geoff Gund is a retired teacher from the Dalton School's History Department, where he taught for 35 years and was known for his powerful interest in students' lives. He is the President and Treasurer of the George Gund Foundation, and makes his home in Riverdale, New York.



Professor Starr is a scholar of eighteenth-century British literature and of aesthetics, as well as a researcher in experimental aesthetics, using the tools of cognitive neuroscience, behavioral psychology, and the humanities together, to explore the contours of aesthetic experience. Her most recent book, Feeling Beauty (MIT Press, 2013), explores the ways our responses to the Sister Arts of painting, poetry and music are mediated by brain-based reward processes and by the default mode network. This work has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the form of a New Directions Fellowship to facilitate training in neuroscience, as well as by an NSF-ADVANCE grant (jointly with Nava Rubin) at NYU. She is currently director of a three-year, collaborative international project on brain responses to music, painting, and literary imagery.


John Morning has been President of John Morning Design since 1960. He is a trustee of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and of the City University of New York.  He is a Trustee of the Charles E. Culpepper Foundation, and is Vice Chairman of the New York City Advisory Commission for Cultural Affairs and Vice Chair of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Among numerous other public service positions, he is a member of the New York State Council on the Arts.


Center Council Chair Susan S. Wallach, a graduate of Harvard/Radcliffe College and Harvard Law School, is a retired attorney who focuses her time and energy on the education sector. She currently serves as a Trustee or committee member at six different educational institutions.  Wallach served as a trustee of Radcliffe College during its metamorphosis into the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, where she now serves as Chair of its Dean’s Council and Co-Chair of its capital campaign. Wallach is a former member of the Harvard Board of Overseers and a recipient of The Harvard Medal.


John Cunningham Whitehead (born April 2, 1922) is an American banker and civil servant, currently a board member of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation (WTC Memorial Foundation) and, until his resignation in May 2006, chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.