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TC Trustees: Under New Management

Enid Wien Morse and Antonia Munroe Grumbach have been elected to Co-Chair the Teachers College Trustees. Morse joined the Trustees in 1988, and Grumbach, who has served as Vice-Chair from 1991 to 1996, joined in 1986.

Morse became interested in education when she moved to New York from Connecticut 18 years ago, and became a Trustee of Teachers College "because it covered all aspects of education with an emphasis on public schools." She has been on the boards of a number of organizations such as Prep-for-Prep, a leadership program for minority students, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design. Her Morse Fellowship Program provides the opportunity for a student in the Arts Administration Program at Teachers College to intern in the museum's department of education. She is also a supporter of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, an institute designed to provide education journalists with a better understanding of various education issues. Morse was also on the search committee which recommended Arthur Levine for the presidency of Teachers College.

Her decision to Co-Chair the Trustees with Grumbach reflects her dedication to the mission of the College. "Teachers College has the opportunity to play a major role in education today," she explained. "I want to do everything I can to help."

Grumbach's length of service to Teachers College, and her affiliations with other organizations, such as the Board of Advisors of the NYU Program on Philanthropy and the Law as well as the Trustees of Milton Academy, speak highly of her commitment to working with educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and private foundations.

"As a long-time resident of New York City, I care deeply about its public schools and education," Grumbach said. "I believe that Teachers College, as a teaching and research institution, makes and will continue to make a difference in improving our schools. I look forward to working with my Co-Chair, the other Trustees and Arthur Levine, and his colleagues at the College."

Grumbach received her law degree cum laude from Columbia in 1971 and is currently a partner of the New York law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, LLP. Her son, Adam received his MA from Teachers College in 1993 in Teaching of Social Studies.

Morse and Grumbach succeed former chair Tom Evans, who recently retired from the position after seven years. Evans, formerly with Andrews & Kirth in New York City, will remain a member of the Trustees.

In addition to new leadership, the Trustees have gained new members as well. One is Laurie Tisch Sussman, who is a member of President Levine's Advisory Council, is affiliated with several public education and arts institutions throughout the City. She has been Honorary Chair of the Board of the Children's Museum of Manhattan, where she has overseen the largest growth in the museum's history. She is also Chairperson of the Board of Directors of The Center for Arts Education.

Sussman joined TC's Trustees because, in her words, "Arthur Levine asked me to join, and I would basically do anything Arthur asked me to do." She continued, "Under his leadership, Teachers College has made, and will continue to make a huge impact on the ways teachers are taught and on the public education system in New York City."

Another new Trustee is Jeffrey M. Peek, Executive Vice President of Merrill Lynch & Co, Inc., who serves on the firm's Executive Management Committee. Peek coordinates the company's asset management activities worldwide. He is also affiliated with Parents in Action and Big Sisters, among other groups, as well as a member of President Levine's Advisory Council. "Education is one of the greatest challenges of our time," Peek noted. "I hope to be able to help TC make a substantial difference."

William Rueckert joined the Trustees in December of 1997. "I think that education is a very important issue in the United States, and TC is a major contributor to education improvements," Rueckert said. Rueckert is a member of the Dodge family, whose forebears were instrumental to the history of the College. Grace Hoadley Dodge was a founder of Teachers College and Cleveland Dodge served on the Board for 65 years. "I am happy to continue a long family tradition of service on the Board," Rueckert added.

In addition to being President of Rosow & Company, Inc., a private investment company, he is President of International Golf Group, a company active in the ownership and management of golf courses. Rueckert is a Director and Vice President of the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation and a Trustee and Chairman of the Executive Committee of International House in addition to serving as a Trustee or Director to several other organizations.

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