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News Archives - General | 2014

  • John Daley retires; Foundation welcomes Sean Buffington as Vice President; Staci Salomon appointed Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
  • Following the November 2014 meeting of the Luce Foundation’s Board of Directors, President Michael Gilligan has announced three changes in the senior staff. After 18 years with the Luce Foundation, John Daley, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer, will retire at the end of December. The Foundation is happy to announce the appointment of officers to two newly structured positions: Sean Buffington as Vice President; and Staci Salomon as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.

    John Daley has had principal staff-responsibility for the Luce Foundation’s financial operations since 1996. He has overseen the areas of finance, administration, investment management, legal affairs, human resources, facilities management and information technology. During his vice presidency, he has guided the Foundation through transitions in the composition of board and staff, volatile financial markets, and the relocation of offices. Dr. David Ragone, chair of the Foundation’s finance committee observes: “It is hard to describe briefly the accomplishments of an officer who has done so much for us, quietly and effectively.” Prior to joining the Luce Foundation, John was Senior Vice President at Outreach Project in Queens, New York. During his years at Luce, he has also served as a director of the New York Foundation, and as a director and officer for The Foundation Financial Officers Group (FFOG).

    Sean Buffington is currently President of the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Since his election as president in 2007, Sean has led the University to national recognition in arts education. During his tenure, the University introduced an interdisciplinary curriculum, and opened new programs in Music Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology; Creative Writing; and Film Design and Production. Earlier, Sean served for thirteen years as an administrator at Harvard University, initially with inter-faculty initiatives in neuroscience, health policy and environmental studies, and then as Associate Provost for Arts and Culture. Sean received the A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College, and an M.A. in American Culture from the University of Michigan. In announcing his resignation from the University, he commented that the new position at the Luce Foundation, focused on planning and strategic initiatives, offers him “an unparalleled opportunity to support and affect higher education, American art, and other fields I care about passionately on a national and global scale." His appointment will be effective on February 1, 2015.

    Staci Salomon joined the Foundation’s staff as Controller in October 2010. After completing the B.S. in Accounting magna cum laude at SUNY- Geneseo and the M.S. in Accounting at SUNY-Binghamton, Staci joined the staff of PricewaterhouseCoopers, earning recognition as a Certified Public Accountant and being promoted through her ten years to Senior Manager. She then served for three years as Vice President of Finance at the YMCA of Greater New York. In her promotion to Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Staci will serve as senior staff to the Board’s Administration, Audit and Finance Committees, as well as leading the team that manages the Foundation’s fiscal operations, human resources and office management. Her appointment will be effective on January 1, 2015.

  • 75th Anniversary Grants Announced
  • In celebration of our 75th anniversary, the Luce Foundation has announced six 75th Anniversary Initiative grants to Arizona State University Foundation, Ewha Womans University, the American Folk Art Museum, the Princeton Theological Seminary, the Whitney Museum, Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and the American Council of Learned Societies. The Foundation anticipates awarding one to two additional grants before concluding the 75th Anniversary Initiative in 2014.


    News Archives - General | 2013

  • Henry Luce Foundation at 75 Years now available online
  • Henry Luce Foundation at 75 Years, a book celebrating the Foundation's anniversary, is now available here, along with selected project profiles.


    News Archives - General | 2010

  • On September 21, 2010, Foundation President Michael Gilligan gave the Commencement Address for LaGuardia Community College.

    To read the full text, click here.


  • 2010 Message from the Chair and the President available here.


  • News Archives - General | 2009

  • The Board of Directors elected Robert Eddy Armstrong Director Emeritus at their meeting on November 12, 2008 – effective January 1, 2009, when he completes his term.


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