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2020 News

The Gettysburg Foundation Welcomed Five New Directors

May 11, 2020

At its May meeting, the Gettysburg Foundation Board of Directors welcomed five new Directors and honored three Directors with emeritus status.

Joining the Foundation’s Board of Directors for a three-year term are Cynthia Hill; Thavolia Glymph, Ph.D.; Hal Kushner, M.D.; Richard Morin and Charles ‘Cliff’ Bream.

“We are delighted to add five new directors to the Board of the Gettysburg Foundation, each with a unique set of experiences that strengthen our diversity and governance,” said Eric B. Schultz, Chair.

Cynthia D. Hill, a former Board member and Gettysburg Friend since 1996, retired as Chief Program Officer of the District of Columbia Bar, working over three decades to expand its programs and develop its strategy. Hill also served as Director of the Election Services and Litigation Division of the League of Women Voters Education Fund. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Thavolia Glymph, Ph.D., professor of history and law at Duke University, specializes in nineteenth-century social history in the U.S. South. Glymph is the author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household and The Women's Fight: The Civil War's Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation. She is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, an elected member of the Society of American Historians and the American Antiquarian Society, and currently serves as the 86th President of the Southern Historical Association.

Hal Kushner, M.D., served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1977 as military flight surgeon, retiring from the Army Reserve in 1986 as a colonel. Dr. Kushner spent five-and-a-half years as a POW in Vietnam. He received the Silver Star, the Soldiers’ Medal, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, 3rd award, the Purple Heart, 3rd award, the Army Commendation Medal, and was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame in April 2001. Now an accomplished ophthalmologist in Daytona Beach, Dr. Kushner has served as a visiting surgeon in Peru, Turkey, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, India, and Africa.

Richard A. Morin retired as the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer after nearly two decades with Cognex, a leading global provider of machine vision software products. Morin is a Certified Public Accountant. He serves on several non-profit boards, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.

Charles “Cliff” Bream, whose family goes back eight generations in Adams County, is a seasoned executive and turnaround expert with more than 30 years of experience leading companies in the telecommunications, computer, office products and packaged goods sectors, including Xerox and Epson.

“Richard and Cliff are both enthusiastic citizen-historians who also bring deep business acumen to our board,” Schultz said.

Members of the Gettysburg Foundation Board of Directors serve a three-year term and are eligible to serve for three consecutive terms.

“History, law, strategy, education, program development, business expertise—from New England, the Southeast, and the West Coast. This is an extraordinary class of new directors committed to the mission of the Gettysburg National Military Park and our Foundation,” Schultz added.

The Board also named Michael Higgins, Sandra Mellon, and George Will, Ph.D., as Director Emeriti.

“Mike, Sandy and George have all made substantial contributions to the Foundation over the last decade,” Schultz said. “We look forward to their continued close involvement in our mission.”

The Gettysburg Foundation Board of Directors is scheduled to hold its next meeting in the Fall.