January 17, 2013, Philadelphia, PA­-the Barnes Foundation is pleased to announce the election of three new members to its Board of Trustees, Ms. Tory Burch, Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Mr. Thomas K. Whitford. Speaking on behalf of his fellow trustees Chairman Dr. Bernard C. Watson said, “We are delighted that Tory, Khalil and Tom have agreed to serve on the Barnes Foundation’s Board of Trustees. These outstanding individuals are already deeply involved in many important civic causes and they understand the importance of cultural institutions like the Barnes. I look forward to working closely with them in the coming years to strengthen the positive impact of the Foundation in the community and I am confident they will help provide the leadership for our continued growth and success.”

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.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, PhD, a native of Chicago’s South Side, is the Director of the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, the New York Public Library. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics in 1993. After working at Deloitte & Touche LLP, he 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. He is the award-winning author of, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America.  He has been an Associate Editor of  the Journal of American History, and is on the Editorial Board ofTransition Magazine.  A great-grandson of Elijah Muhammad, he has deep roots in Black history. His father is the noted Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times photographer Ozier Muhammad. Dr. Muhammad is married to Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad, and they have three children.

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 February 2009, he was promoted to vice chairman of PNC. He assumed his current role in April 2010. He serves on the boards of directors of 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.

The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation

Dr. Bernard C. Watson, Chair Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Mr. Joseph Neubauer, Vice Chair                 Ms. Aileen Roberts
The Honorable Jacqueline F. Allen      Dr. Neil L. Rudenstine
Sheldon M. Bonovitz, Esq. Mr. Rajiv Savara
Ms. Tory Burch Mr. Donn Scott
Mr. André V. Duggin        Dr. Brenda T. Thompson
Stephen J. Harmelin, Esq        Thomas K. Whitford
Dr. Ernest C. Levister, Jr.       


About the Barnes Foundation
The Barnes Foundation was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to "promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture." The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of post-impressionist and early modern paintings, with extensive holdings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine and Giorgio de Chirico, as well as American masters Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippin, and Maurice Prendergast, and old master paintings, important examples of African sculpture and Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles, American paintings and decorative arts, and antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia.

The Barnes Foundation's Art and Aesthetics programs engage a diverse array of audiences. These programs, occurring on-site, online, and in Philadelphia communities, advance the mission through progressive, experimental, and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

In May 2012, the Barnes Foundation opened a new facility on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. The Philadelphia campus is home to the Foundation’s world-famous art collection and will be the site of a new series of exhibitions in its Aileen and Brian Roberts Gallery.

Currently on view through March 18, 2013 is Ensemble: Albert C. Barnes and the Experiment in Education, an exhibition drawing on the Foundation’s rich archives and non-Gallery collections to chart Dr. Barnes’s friendships, collaborations, and discourse with artists, philosophers, educators, collectors and dealers.

The Barnes Arboretum, located at the Merion campus, contains more than 2,000 species/varieties of trees and woody plants, many of them rare. Founded in the 1880s by Joseph Lapsley Wilson and subsequently expanded under the direction of Laura L. Barnes, the collection includes a fern-leaf beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Laciniata'), a dove tree (Davidia involucrata), a monkey-puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana), and a redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). Other important plant collections include lilacs, peonies, Stewartias, and magnolias. Inaugurated in 1940 by Mrs. Barnes, the Horticulture School at the Barnes Foundation in Merion offers a comprehensive, three-year certificate course of study in the botanical sciences, horticultural practices, garden aesthetics, and design through a well-grounded, scientific learning experience. The Barnes Foundation Archives are also located at the Merion campus.


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