Emmett Carson first to hold Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Chair in School of Philanthropy

  • Sept. 2, 2014


INDIANAPOLIS -- Emmett D. Carson, CEO and president of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, has been selected as the first person to serve in the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Chair on Community Foundations at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, school officials announced Aug. 28.

Carson will be appointed visiting holder for the new chair, which is dedicated to understanding and strengthening community foundations. The nationally recognized philanthropy leader will continue to serve as CEO and president of Silicon Valley Community Foundation during his appointment.

"Emmett Carson is one of the most visionary and highly regarded thought leaders in philanthropy today," said Gene Tempel, founding dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. "We are fortunate that he has agreed to serve as a visiting scholar in this new role, enabling us to begin the important work of the chair while we conduct a search for a full-time chair holder.

"Under Dr. Carson's leadership, Silicon Valley Community Foundation is breaking new ground and exploring a host of new and innovative models for what it means to be a community foundation. This is a tremendous opportunity for our students and our community to learn from his expertise and consider a range of perspectives on the future of the community foundation field."

The faculty chair, which was unveiled earlier this year, commemorates the 100th anniversary of community foundations in the United States. Through teaching, research and public service, its holders will contribute significantly to understanding and enhancing the important work of community foundations. This fall the school will begin a search for the first full-time chair holder, who is expected to begin serving in the position in fall 2015.

Emmett D. Carson

Emmett D. Carson

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