Ed Colker has had a distinguished career as an artist, arts administrator, arts academic leader, and publisher.
His university/college faculty and leadership posts include The Cooper Union (Provost), Cornell University (Chair), Pratt Institute (Provost), State University of New York at Purchase (Dean), University of the Arts (Founding Provost), University of Illinois at Chicago (Research Professor of Art and Director, School of Art & Design), and University of Pennsylvania (Professor).
His has received numerous awards and grants, including from the Florsheim Art Fund, Graham Foundation/University of Illinois, Guggenheim Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council, and Rochefort-en-terre (France artist’s residency). Additional distinctions include the Coleman, Hunterdon, Noyes and Rosenwald prizes, Taylor Arms Medal, Printing Industries of Pennsylvania Gold Medal, and commissioned editions for the International Graphic Arts Society and The Print Club of New York.
His work has been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Collection of Fine Arts, the Neuberger Museum, Poets House, and U.S. Art-in-Embassies. His works in permanent collections include Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Getty Research Institute, Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Worcester Art Museum, and Whitney Museum, as well as numerous university library/special collections, including Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, NYU, Stanford and Yale.
Among his retrospective career exhibitions are Five Decades in Print, which toured the U.S. in 1998 and 1999 with a final showing in New York in 2004, and, most recently, the solo exhibition 50th anniversary: selected editions – Poets House, NY, 2010.
His arts consultancies include universities, state and regional accrediting boards, the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Department of State and the Israeli Ministry of Education.
He has lectured throughout the United States at colleges, universities, and museums including Arizona, Bates, The Cooper Union, Houston, Illinois, Iowa, Longwood, Pratt Institute, Texas Christian and Vanderbilt. Mr. Colker founded (in 1966) Editions du Grenier (now Haybarn Press), which publishes fine art limited editions with drawings and prints in collaboration with poets and in response to poetic texts, including Anania, Brubeck , Char, Cummings, Jabès, Neruda, Norris, Stevens, and Sutzkever, as well as poet groups. Volumes include, Gathering (2010), Voices to Share (2011), and Opposed to Indifference (2012).
Mr. Colker is a graduate of the Philadelphia Museum School of Art and received his B.S. (Founder’s Honors) and M.A. with special studies in Europe from New York University.
Jack Krauskopf is presently Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management in the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York. He was previously Chief Program Officer of the 9/11 United Services Groups; Senior Fellow, Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives at the Aspen Institute; President of the Corporation for Supportive Housing; and Dean of the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at The New School.
Earlier, he served as Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration; Director of the Center for New Jersey Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University; Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services; Director of the Office of Newark Studies at Rutgers University; and Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Cleveland (Ohio) Department of Human Resources and Economic Development.
Mr. Krauskopf has written and spoken widely on social services, child welfare, urban policy, employment policy, and city government. He has taught at Baruch College, Cleveland State University, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, Rutgers University School of Law, and the University of Wisconsin. He has consulting experience with a wide range of nonprofit and governmental clients.
Mr. Krauskopf is presently on the boards of the Center for Urban Community Services (and its former chair), Citizens Committee for Children of New York, United Neighborhood Houses, the Cultural Institutions Retirement System, and Brotherhood-Sister Sol. He is on the advisory boards of the Independent Budget Office of the City of New York and Child Welfare Watch, and serves on the Agency Capacity and Excellence Task Force of UJA Federation of New York, and the selection committee for the New York Nonprofit Excellence Award.
Mr. Krauskopf received his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College and his M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University.
Jerry M. Hultin is President Emeritus of Polytechnic Institute of New York University (now NYU School of Engineering) and Senior Presidential Fellow of New York University, where he focuses on creativity, innovation, and economic development around the world. Mr. Hultin is an advisor for the growth of New York University’s global university network, including its portal campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai and its 14 other global locations on 6 continents.
Before joining Polytechnic University, Mr. Hultin was Dean of the Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management and Professor of Management at Stevens Institute of Technology. He was earlier Under Secretary of the U.S. Navy, where he led numerous programs that supported innovation to meet the evolving needs of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. He has served as Vice Chairman of Jefferson Partners, LLC, an investment banking and financial advisory firm; founder and principal of several law firms; and CEO and COO of several manufacturing companies.
Mr. Hultin has consulted in higher education, technology, defense, healthcare, finance, and the environment, and helped to create and support several national nonprofit programs that provide leadership, community development, and job skills to young people from all walks of life.
Mr. Hultin served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) and was Advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Council. He is currently Chairman of the Global Advisory Council of the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona; Vice-Chairman of the One Globe Summit in New Delhi; and Vice-Chairman of Strategic Renaissance 21 in the U.S. and China. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Youth Innovation Network in Africa and the Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council, appointed by the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Mr. Hultin received his B.A. in political science, History, and economics from Ohio State University and his J.D. from Yale University.
Neil Grabois is former Dean of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School. Before this, he served as Vice President and Director for Strategic Planning and Program Coordination at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, where he was responsible for the direction, conduct and evaluation of all programs of the Pew Charitable Trust.
Dr. Grabois served as President of Colgate University for 11 years. He was previously Provost of the College, Dean of Faculty, and Dean of the College at Williams College. As a professor of mathematics, he taught at Colgate University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, State University of New York at Albany, University of Oregon, University of Pennsylvania, Wesleyan University, and Williams College.
Dr. Grabois is active in educational organizations, he has chaired and served on accreditation teams for the Middle States and New England Associations of Colleges and Schools, and has served on numerous educational boards and committees, including Harvard University’s assessment seminar and Pew Foundations’ science advisory committee.
Dr. Grabois received his B.A. in mathematics from Swarthmore College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University. Dr. Grabois was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws from Williams College and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Colgate University.
R. Dyke Benjamin has extensive experience as an investment and financial counselor to a wide range of commercial and nonprofit institutions.
A Managing Director of Axiom Capital Management, Mr. Benjamin manages investment portfolios, analyzes securities, and leads a course on securities analysis and finance to managements, other investors, and interns. Mr. Benjamin is a former Director of Lazard Asset Management, LLC where he also worked as an investment analyst and counselor for more than 30 years. Prior experience included portfolio management and analysis.
One focus of Mr. Benjamin’s work has been the governance and financial structures of charitable institutions. In the investment advisory sector, Mr. Benjamin has consulted widely in the U.S. and abroad on a broad range of financial investment guidelines, strategies, tactics, and governance issues.
Mr. Benjamin is a volunteer and former CEO of the Annie Tinker Association for Women Inc.; archives committee chair and former treasurer/chair of the audit Committee for the Bibliographical Society of America Inc.; Advisor to the Board of Trustees of the Modern Language Association; treasurer and member of the executive committee of the American Trust for the British Library; advisor to the finance committee of St. Philips Church in the Highlands; member of the finance committee of the Support Center for Nonprofit Research; member of the board of Five Points Mission, a United Methodist City Society nonprofit organization, and a member of The Harvard Business School’s New York Regional Campaign Committee. Mr. Benjamin is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts, the Analysts Group, and The Financial Planning Association. A former Treasurer of the Century Association, Mr. Benjamin is now chair of that organization’s committee on memorials.
Mr. Benjamin has served on the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Hunger, the Vestry of St. Bartholomew’s Church, the board of directors of Girls Inc., and the Council of the Grolier Club of New York City, where he was treasurer. Mr. Benjamin is an advisory consultant for AKA/Strategy and a board member elect of the National Institute of Social Sciences, which honors the highest level of contribution to the betterment of American society and provides aid to promising young scholars.
Mr. Benjamin has spoken widely on financial and advisory matters as well as on the subject of John Ruskin, a 19th century British author, artist, art critic, naturalist, architectural preservationist, political economist, and social reformer. Among Mr. Benjamin’s publications are Greater World Stability Through Innovative Ethical Finance; John Ruskin, The Formation of a Private Collection; Ruskin Observed; and Ruskin Remembered. Mr. Benjamin has lectured during NYU classes about library special collections management subjects.
Mr. Benjamin received his B.A. in social relations from Harvard College and his M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. A class marshall of his Harvard undergraduate class and an American record holder, Mr. Benjamin was co-recipient of the athletic department’s Bingham Award for “best representing the high purposes of Harvard.”
Richard Baznik has extensive experience as a senior executive officer, strategist, planner, communicator, and consultant for a wide variety of higher education institutions and other nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Europe. He serves as Managing Director of Management Assistance for Nonprofit Agencies (MANA), a regional pro bono consulting group based in Oberlin, Ohio.
Mr. Baznik is highly skilled in helping organizations develop strategies that target their strengths and opportunities and at integrating these strategies with organizational development, governance, communications, partnership building, and resource generation.
Mr. Baznik served for more than 40 years in senior executive roles at Case Western Reserve University, where he is now Vice President Emeritus for Public Affairs. Specific assignments during his tenure at Case Western Reserve include managing all internal and external communications; launching and managing government and community relations programs; coordinating strategic planning, international affairs, executive search, and institutional research; and advising and representing the president on a wide range of issues. In his most recent assignment, he was Director of the Institute for the Study of the University in Society, where he researched and wrote a new history of the institution and explored the evolving role of research universities in society. He continues to offer a variety of undergraduate courses at Case Western Reserve.
Mr. Baznik has served as the founding chair of the University Magazine Network, a national consortium of research universities; Founding Chair of the board of trustees of the Friends of the Cleveland School of the Arts; incorporator and officer of the board of trustees of the Buckeye Health Center, a primary care and birthing center serving inner city residents that has since been integrated into University Hospitals of Cleveland; and a trustee and officer of Karamu House, an arts, education, and community-service organization focused on African-American culture. Mr. Baznik received his B.A. in classics (English, Greek, and Latin) from John Carroll University and completed the executive program at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business.