New Members Elected to College's Board of Trustees and Managers

For Immediate Release
July 1, 2009

(Philadelphia, PA) Moore College of Art & Design is pleased to announce that Arthur R. Block, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for the Comcast Corporation, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Managers of the College.

He replaces Jack Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer of L.F. Driscoll Company, who served as Chair since 2004. Block has served on the Board for the past five years as Chair of the Audit Committee, and most recently, the Finance Committee. He has chaired Moore’s Visionary Woman Award for the past three years. Block currently serves as Vice Chair of the Site Board of City Year Greater Philadelphia. He received his BS in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 1975, and his JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 1978.

New to the Board of Managers is John L. Byars, Acting Senior Vice President in the Office of Procurement Services for the School District of Philadelphia. He previously served as Director of Small Business Development in the Office of Procurement Services. He earned his Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law, his Masters of Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and his BA in political science from Swarthmore College. He is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Board.

In other news:

Arthur J. Di Furia has been elected ex-officio faculty representative to the Board of Managers. Di Furia is Chair of the Liberal Arts Department and Assistant Professor of Art History. He is the recipient of the Kress Travel Fellowship in the History of Art and other awards. He earned his PhD in Art History at the University of Delaware, his MA in Art History from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, as well as a BA in English Literature, also from Temple.

Jennifer M. Willett, of Frederick, MD, has been elected to the Board of Managers as a representative of the Class of 2009. Willett graduated magna cum laude with a Curatorial Studies degree and a double minor in Art History and Fine Arts. As the first graduate of the College’s Curatorial Studies program, Willett curated the 5 Into 1 exhibit annually hosted by Moore and
organized by Philadelphia Sculptors, featuring work by senior and graduate students at the five area art and design colleges.

Jane Walentas ’66, of Brooklyn, NY, has been elected to the Board of Trustees. She had served on the Board of Managers since 2002. Walentas is an Advertising Design graduate of Moore and a Distinguished Alumnae Award recipient this year. She has been the Art Director for Avon and Estee Lauder. In 2008, she and her husband, David, established the Jane Walentas ’66 Endowed Scholarship & International Travel Fellowship, a four-year scholarship for Moore students.


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Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launching in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit www.moore.edu.

July 1, 2009
Moore is pleased to announce that Arthur R. Block, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for the Comcast Corporation, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Managers of the College.

Published on July 1st, 2009