Sherry Magill Elected Council on Foundations Board Chair

Friday, June 13, 2014
Arlington, VA

The Board of Directors at the Council on Foundations has elected Sherry Magill, President of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, to a three-year term as its new Chair. She succeeds Kevin Murphy who has served as Chair since 2012 and will remain on the board for another year.

"The bulk of my career has been devoted to philanthropy, and I care deeply about the role of philanthropy and nonprofit organizations in today's democratic society,” said Magill. “It is an honor and a great opportunity to serve the Council and the field for the next three years. I am eager to begin."

Magill joined the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, a national foundation based in Jacksonville, Florida, as a program officer in 1991 and was named executive director in 1993 and president in 2000. She is a founder of the Florida Philanthropic Network and a past member of the boards of the Southeastern Council of Foundations and the Southern Education Foundation. She has served on the Council on Foundations board since 2008.

The outgoing Chair, Kevin Murphy, has been President of the Berks County Community Foundation since 1994. In 2008, Murphy was named Chairman of the board of The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. Murphy also served two terms as president of Community Foundations for Pennsylvania.

"Kevin's service and leadership have been invaluable to me as we sought to refresh the Council and reconnect with our members," said Council President and CEO Vikki Spruill. "I know Sherry will pick up where he leaves off to help us continue offering the vital services and strong voice for philanthropy that our members can count on and trust, now and into the future. She is a resolute and dynamic leader, and I look forward to working beside her to advance our mission."

The board also approved the slate of new members. Ken M. Jones, II, and Ann M. Cramer will join the board, while current directors Daniel J. Lee, Antonia Hernández, Joshua J. Mintz, Sherry Elise Ristau, and Marta L. Tellado were all re-elected.