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New Trustees Charles N. Atkins, Blair Effron, John Paulson, and Dr. Samantha Boardman Rosen Elected at Metropolitan Museum

(New York, November 13, 2013)—Four new members—Charles N. Atkins, Blair Effron, John Paulson, and Dr. Samantha Boardman Rosen—have been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced today by Daniel Brodsky, the Museum’s Chairman. The election took place at the November 12 meeting of the Board.

Mr. Brodsky noted: “We are pleased to welcome four individuals to the Board who bring a wide range of talents and experience to the Museum.  Each of them has participated in various Museum Committees and shown a commitment to the Museum’s mission and collection.  I look forward to working with them in their new capacity as Trustees.”

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum, continued: “A global museum like the Met is strengthened immeasurably by the wide-ranging experience and multifaceted interests of its Board. For this reason, I am delighted that the four new Trustees will serve as stalwart advocates for such diverse areas as African American art, Outsider art, and folk art; arts education, archives, and 20th-century art; Old Masters and 19th-century art; and modern and contemporary art and photography.”

Charles N. Atkins
Charles Atkins is chief executive officer of Atkins Capital Strategies LLC.  An attorney and investment banker, he has more than 30 years of experience in capital markets, law, and government.  During 22 years at Morgan Stanley, he focused on corporate structured finance and recapitalizations in the power utility sector and other sectors for corporate and financial sponsor clients.  Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was a structured finance banker at Lehman Brothers and E.F. Hutton for governmental and government-sponsored entities.  A member of the District of Columbia Bar, Mr. Atkins also practiced corporate law at the Washington, D.C., office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld.

A graduate of Howard University and Harvard Law School, Mr. Atkins served as an Associate Assistant to the President during the Carter Administration.  In 1984, he was named deputy director of the Democratic National Convention’s platform committee under Geraldine Ferraro. He served on the Presidential Transition Committee for the first Clinton Administration and was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the advisory committee of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. 

Together with his wife, the late Gayle Perkins Atkins, he has been active at the Metropolitan Museum.  Mrs. Atkins, a civic leader, political and media consultant, and broadcast journalist, served the Metropolitan Museum as an Elective Trustee, Manhattan Borough Representative, and member of the Visiting Committee for the Department of Photographs.  Mr. Atkins has joined the Board as an Elective Trustee and its Manhattan Borough Representative. He collects contemporary works of art by self-taught artists and African American artists.

Blair Effron
Blair Effron is a co-founder and partner of Centerview Partners, a leading independent investment banking and advisory firm with offices in New York, London, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  Throughout his career, he has advised Fortune 500 and multinational companies across a range of sectors, including consumer, retail, industrial, healthcare, and media.  Mr. Effron began his career at Dillon Read Co. Inc., where he worked for ten years before it was merged into several successor firms, in what was to become UBS.  While at UBS, he was group vice chairman of UBS AG, a member of the board of UBS Investment Bank, and served on several management committees.

Mr. Effron holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.  His past and present board memberships include the Center for Arts Education, New Visions for Public Schools, Northside Center for Child Development, National Humanities Center, the Foundation for the National Archives, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Frick Collection.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution.

Together with his wife, Mr. Effron has been a member of the Chairman’s Council at the Metropolitan Museum since 2011.  He collects 19th- and 20th-century American and European art.

John Paulson
John Alfred Paulson is the founder and president of Paulson & Co. Inc., an investment firm with offices in New York, London, and Hong Kong. Previously, he was a general partner of Gruss Partners and a managing director in mergers and acquisitions at Bear Stearns.

Mr. Paulson graduated from New York University and received his Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He is a member of the board of New York University, the Central Park Conservancy, the 92nd Street Y, and Partnership for New York City, and the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Harvard Business School. 
With his wife, Mr. Paulson has been a member of the Metropolitan Museum’s Chairman’s Council since 2008.

Dr. Samantha Boardman Rosen
Samantha Boardman Rosen, M.D., is a clinical instructor in psychiatry and public health and an assistant attending psychiatrist at Weill Cornell Medical College.  She is a graduate of Harvard University, the Weill Cornell Medical College, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology program.  She is a board member of Citymeals-on-Wheels and the Harvard Club of New York Foundation and the founder of the website Positive Prescription.

At the Metropolitan Museum, Dr. Boardman Rosen has served as an advisory member of the Trustee Education Committee since 2011 and joined the Visiting Committee for Modern and Contemporary Art in 2013.  Since 2009, she has been a member of the Museum’s Chairman’s Council, of which she became co-chair in 2012.  Together with her husband, she is a collector of modern and contemporary art and photography.

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November 13, 2013

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