Susan Dady, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

TITLE: Program Associate

FUNDING AREAS: Higher education, liberal arts faculty career enhancement, liberal arts curricula development, digital humanities

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PROFILE: Susan I. Dady assists with the management of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's grant making portfolio of over 125 liberal arts colleges. Her foundation bio shares: 

Susan I. Dady is a program associate for the Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities program, assisting with the administration of the program’s grantmaking and the management of grants to liberal arts colleges. 

When she joined the Foundation in October 2001, Ms. Dady brought with her over 20 years experience in various positions in strategic planning, finance, and operations at International Paper Company (1978-86), Ivy Hill Corporation (1986-88), Brooke Management Inc. (1988-93), and Morgan Stanley (1993-2001).

During her tenure at the Foundation, Ms. Dady completed her undergraduate degree, earning a bachelor of arts in history from Marymount Manhattan College.  She is currently studying Italian at New York University, and plans to pursue her interest in British history, art, and literature through graduate study.

Eugene M. Tobin, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer, Higher Education and the Liberal Arts Colleges Program

FUNDING AREAS: Liberal arts, humanities scholarships, diversity and inclusion in higher education

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PROFILE: Program officer Eugene M. Tobin manages grants for liberal arts colleges and higher education at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His foundation bio shares: 

Eugene M. Tobin is senior program officer in the program for Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities, where his areas of responsibility include grants to liberal arts colleges, research universities, humanities centers and institutes, the development of cross-institutional collaboration and consortia, and coordination of joint initiatives with the Foundation's Diversity program.   

Mr. Tobin spent 23 years at Hamilton College as a faculty member, department chair, dean of faculty, and as the eighteenth president (1993-2003).  Prior to joining the Hamilton faculty in 1980, he taught at public colleges in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, was a National Endowment for the Humanities postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University, and held visiting appointments at Miami University (Ohio) and Indiana University, Bloomington.  His research focuses on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American social and political history and the history of US higher education.  

Mr. Tobin earned his BA in history from Rutgers University and his MA and PhD in the history of American civilization from Brandeis University.  He is the co-author with William G. Bowen and Martin A. Kurzweil of Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education (University of Virginia Press, 2005), winner of the 2006 American Education Research Association’s Outstanding Book Award, and co-author with William G. Bowen of Locus of Authority:  The Evolution of Faculty Roles in the Governance of Higher Education (Princeton University Press, 2015). 

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Mariët Westermann, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

On paper, Mariët Westermann is an illustrious academic with a trail of publications and prominent posts at NYU. As a person, she appears approachable, and humble. And if you watch one of several lectures available on YouTube, you can see a joyful passion for the arts bubbling under her practical exterior. Westermann joined Mellon as Vice President and Program Officer for Art History, Conservation, and Museums in 2010. Previously, she was living Abu Dhabi as provost and chief academic officer of a young NYU campus. She also spent six years as director of NYU's Institute of Fine Arts. Originally from Holland, she came to the states for a liberal arts education at Williams College, and completed her MA and Phd at NYU. She certainly didn't abandon academics for philanthropy, and is currently focusing her research on painting in European culture, and role of the Garden of Eden in various religions.
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Susan Feder, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

What stands out about Susan Feder is not her life-long devotion to music history, criticism, and publishing. It’s not even her unbridled love of music. Above all, Feder is a champion of musicians. You can find her enthusiasm splashed all over the liner notes of notable composers like Phillip Glass and Joan Tower. Notably, she served as editorial coordinator of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians—the musicologist’s 20-volume bible. Before becoming Program Office for the Performing Arts at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2007, she spent twenty years nurturing the careers of composers at G. Schirmer, Inc. It took a seat at Mellon to lure her away from the excitement of working directly with artists and “hearing their music created and sustained by the world’s finest performers.” Today, she continues to gush over (and skyrocket the careers of) emerging composers like Gabriela Lena Frank, whose music she called “extraordinarily life affirming.”
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Armando Bengochea, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer, and Director of Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

FUNDING AREAS: Diversity in higher education, undergraduate fellowships

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PROFILE: Mellon program officer Armando Bengochea works at the foundation's Diversity Initiative. He oversees their Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) program and directs the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF), taking over the position after Carlotta Arthur's 2011 resignation. His foundation bio shares:

Armando Bengochea became program officer for Diversity and director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program in July 2012.  He has played a role in MMUF programs since 1992, first at Brown University, and then at Connecticut College.  

After completing his undergraduate education with an independent major in social and political philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Bengochea earned a PhD in politics at Princeton University where he wrote a political philosophy dissertation on Tocqueville.  From 1986-2006, he worked as an undergraduate academic dean at Brown University, where he served as dean of freshman studies and associate dean of the college.  In 2002, Mr. Bengochea helped create, launched, and then oversaw the university’s First Year Seminar program.  Throughout his 20-year tenure at Brown, Mr. Bengochea was charged with monitoring the academic and social well-being of Latino undergraduates across all four undergraduate classes.

In 2006, Mr. Bengochea was appointed dean of the college and senior diversity officer at Connecticut College.  At Connecticut College, Mr. Bengochea planned and executed with the chief academic officer a successful and rapid diversification of the faculty.  He was also a founding member of the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO) group.

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