The has announced the appointment of KONRAD NG as executive director of Doris Duke's Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures, effective March 2016. Ng, most recently director of the Smithsonian Institution's Asian Pacific American Center, earlier was an assistant professor at the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa; the first curator of film and video at the Honolulu Museum of Arts, a position in which he programmed the museum's Doris Duke Theater; and a film programmer for the Hawaii International Film Festival. He will succeed DEBORAH POPE, who guided the transformation of Doris Duke's private home in Hawaii into the Shangri La center fifteen years ago and has served as its executive director ever since. Pope plans to retire at the end of this year.
JACKIE PARKER has been named director of global philanthropy and corporate giving for , the Atlanta Business Chronicle . Parker, who served as president of the now-defunct Newell Rubbermaid Foundation and vice president of Newell Rubbermaid's corporate philanthropy, currently runs her own consultancy, JWP Consulting. Previously, she served as president of OnBoard, a nonprofit that monitors the number of women serving on the boards of public companies and in executive and officer roles in Georgia.
The has announced the election of FAY HARTOG-LEVIN as a trustee, effective May 16, 2016. Hartog-Levin is the foundation’s first trustee since 1990 to be chosen by the board instead of being named in the foundation’s charter by Harry Weinberg. A distinguished fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an advisor for the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, Hartog-Levin earlier served as U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. She will succeed ELLEN HELLER, who has served the foundation as a trustee for six years.
The has announced the election of CINDY CHUA-TAY as a trustee. Chua-Tay, a member of the Guggenheim International Director's Council since 2013, began her career in fashion and has organized publicity for several brands, including Calvin Klein and Céline. She was one of the pioneering members of Singapore's National Dance Company, which became the nation’s first professional ballet company, and currently is a patron of Platform Projects, a Singapore nonprofit dedicated to supporting and catalyzing contemporary art among growing audiences within the region. "Cindy is a deeply committed patron of the arts, and we look forward to working with her in her new role on the board," said William L. Mack and Jennifer Blei Stockman, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation chair and president. "[We] will benefit greatly from her experience serving both established and emerging arts institutions, and she will be especially involved with the Guggenheim’s Asian Art Initiative and its forthcoming exhibition projects focused on Asia."
In other news, PND notes the passing of philanthropist and Jungian analyst ROBIN JAQUA at the of age 94. Along with her husband, John, Jaqua was an active donor to the University of Oregon, where the couple supported a public library for Jungian studies and archetypical symbolism, funded the Knight Law Center and its library, and supported the university's Academic Center for Student Athletics. Robin Jaqua was especially passionate about conserving resources and land preservation and, with her husband, granted a conservation easement of twelve hundred acres in the Willamette Valley to the Nature Conservancy, creating the Coburg Ridge Preserve.