John Whitehead, HBS ’47, the former co-chairman of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and the current chairman of the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corp., has accepted the school’s invitation to be the guest speaker at Class Day, June 5 on Baker Beach.
The ceremony, which falls a day before the University Commencement where graduates will officially receive their degrees, will also feature speeches from the SA Presidents, John Brown (OE), the elected student speaker, and a formal presentation of this year’s faculty awards.
The credentials of the speakers and award-winners are significant, and we list just a few of them here:
Guest Speaker: John Whitehead Last spring our committee polled the class of 2002 to determine whom to invite to Class Day. Mr. Whitehead was a popular choice among our class, and we are delighted to announce that he has accepted our invitation.
Mr. Whitehead graduated from Haverford College in 1943, and served in the U.S. Navy, participating in the invasions of Normandy, Southern France, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. While in the Navy, Mr. Whitehead was assigned as an instructor at the Harvard Business School. He received his M.B.A. degree, with distinction, from Harvard in 1947 and holds honorary degrees from Haverford, Pace, Rutgers, Amherst, and Harvard.
Mr. Whitehead began his professional career in 1947 at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked for 38 years. He rose quickly within the company and was named Partner in 1956, and co-chairman and senior partner in 1976. He has served on the boards of numerous companies, and as a director of the New York Stock Exchange, and chairman of the Securities Industry Association.
In April 1985, Mr. Whitehead was asked to become Deputy Secretary of State, second in command to Secretary George Schultz, and served until January 1989. He was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Reagan.
Since returning from Washington in 1989, he has been active in a number of educational, civic and charitable organizations. He is a former chairman of the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the United Nations Association, the International Rescue Committee, the Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts, International House, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Harvard Board of Overseers, Haverford College, and the Asia Society! He is a current director of the Nature Conservancy, Lincoln Center Theater, the East-West Institute and the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships, and a former Director of Rockefeller University, the J. Paul Getty Trust, Outward Bound, and the National Humanities Center. In Washington, Mr. Whitehead is chairman emeritus of the Brookings Institution and the trustees Council of the National Gallery of Art.
In late 2001, in response to events surrounding September 11th, he was appointed by Gov. George E. Pataki to chair the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.
Student Speaker: John Brown, Section OE. Three weeks ago, more than 20 people auditioned for this honor. Over 55 volunteer judges representing every section from the Class of 2002 viewed a three-minute sample of each of the candidates’ speeches. That screening panel agreed that their presentations were fantastic and the competition fierce. Five finalists were selected to enter the second round of competition and the entire Class voted based on five-minute video clips. John’s speech struck a chord with our class, which enthusiastically voted to hear more on Class Day.
Faculty Awards: EC: Andre Perold and Jan Rivkin
RC: Frances Frei and Youngme Moon
Several weeks ago, you were inundated with emails to vote in the faculty awards poll. Last week the poll closed, and with over 750 members of our class voting, we selected these fabulous professors to receive this year’s awards at our Class Day celebration.
Faculty Speaker: Professor Frances Frei. While graduates return to Aldrich for section reunions after the Class Day ceremony, Frances will delight our parents and guests in Burden Auditorium with an account of campus life, highlights from the past year, and on what the heck we spent our time, energy and money attempting to achieve at HBS. Frances’ frank and honest style has helped us to excel in her Foundations, TOM, and Managing Services Operations classes, and will make her an outstanding representative of the faculty when speaking to our friends and family. The committee’s only regret is that the graduates will not get the chance to listen to her speak as well.
Questions: If you have any questions regarding Class Day, please feel free to contact any of the Class Day Committee members: Kevin Mohr (OI), Kyra Danilchick (OF), Brad Statts (OB), Erin Russell (NC), Darren Jackson (NH), David Russell (ND), Tara Hahn (NI), and Kelly Diamond, Associate Director of Student and Academic Services.