Carnegie Institute's executive committee holds power, makes decisions

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There are 67 people on Carnegie Institute's board of trustees. Power is concentrated in the board's 11-member executive committee, which meets monthly to discuss issues in detail and make decisions. The 67-member board meets four times a year. Trustees who serve on the boards of each museum are considered advisers.

Lee Foster chairs the Carnegie Institute board of trustees and is chairman of L.B. Foster Co., a company founded in Titusville by his grandfather. L.B. Foster, based in Green Tree, manufactures products for the railroad industry. Mr. Foster, who became trustee chair in 2008, led the museums' Building the Future campaign, which raised $161 million, $11 million over the goal. He presided over the search committee that hired John Wetenhall.

Martin G. McGuinn retired from Mellon Financial in 2006. In 2004, a large exhibition space at the Heinz History Center's Smithsonian wing was named in honor of Mr. McGuinn and his wife, Ann. He also chairs the Carnegie Museum of Art board.

Jane Kirkland founded a business consulting firm called Kirkland Partners. She was on the management team that took FreeMarkets public and spent 11 years at McKinsey & Co., where she oversaw knowledge management. She chairs the board of the Carnegie Science Center.

Michele Fabrizi is CEO of Marc USA, an advertising agency in Station Square. She chairs the board of The Andy Warhol Museum as well as the Pittsburgh Opera board.

John A. "Jack" Barbour is an attorney with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, where he is CEO, managing director and chairman of the firm's board. With lawyers from that firm, he led a restructuring of the ownership of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also represented the team in all legal aspects of the development, financing and construction of Heinz Field. He chairs the advisory board for Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Albert J. Neupaver is president and CEO of Wabtec, a Wilmerding-based rail equipment supplier.

Jane Arensberg Thompson, a longtime supporter of the museums, is an art collector. Her husband, Harry, a lawyer, was president of the Carnegie Fellows, a by-invitation-only group of museum supporters who annually pledge $1,250 to Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

Lea Simonds, a generous patron of the arts and philanthropist, chaired the board of The Andy Warhol Museum for eight years before joining the Carnegie Institute board. A collector of contemporary art, she is a daughter of Elsie and Henry Hillman. Her charity, the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, provided financial support for the Picasso Black and White exhibition currently on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The Guggenheim is led by Richard Armstrong, former director of Carnegie Museum of Art.

Bill Hunt, president of The Elmhurst Group, a Downtown development company, is the great-grandson of Alfred E. Hunt, founder of Alcoa.

Judith Davenport is a dentist. Her husband, Ron Davenport Sr., is chairman of Sheridan Broadcasting.

Suzanne "Suzy" Broadhurst is the only woman to have run Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh on an interim basis from 2004, after Ellsworth Brown left, until 2005, when David Hillenbrand became president. She is a champion amateur golfer and a University of Pittsburgh trustee. She also serves on the Carnegie Science Center board. She is director of corporate giving for Eat'n Park Hospitality Group. For many years, Parkhurst Dining, a subsidiary of Eat'n Park, has operated all of the food services for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

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