From the beginning, the Rose Institute was fortunate to have the guidance of a strong Board of Governors. Edessa Rose, Jon Lovelace, Billy Mills, and Mildred Younger were among the first members of the Board under the chairmanship of Robert Finch. Later chairs — Don Henriksen, Bob Howard, Brandy Birtcher, Al Lunsford, and presently Darryl Wold — have presided over equally distinguished groups.
The Board of Trustees and the administration of Claremont McKenna have always given strong support to the academic freedom of the Institute and its researchers. Despite the controversial character of some research — for example, the work on redistricting reform, which was heavily opposed by various politicians, and on Orange County’s finances, which was sharply contested by County officials — the president and trustees have stood behind our work.
The director of the Rose Institute reports to the Vice President of Research at Claremont McKenna College. Several distinguished individuals have held this position: Dixon Arnett, Jim Jamieson, Don Henriksen, Mark Blitz, and Jerome Garris. The administration of the Institute itself has involved Dr. Florence Adams, Professor George Blair, Dr. Alan Heslop, Dr. Thomas B. Hofeller, Dr. Ralph Rossum, and Professor Helene Smookler.
|Chairman – Darryl R. Wold ’63, Attorney at Law
Vice-Chair – Richard J. Romero ’89, President, Oremor Management and Investment Company
Vice-Chair – Robert L. Walker ’64, President & CEO, Walker Foods, Inc.
Brandon R. Birtcher ’76, President, Birtcher Development & Investment, LLC
W. Richard Cramer ’53, Star Milling Company
Nohemi Gutierrez-Ferguson ’82, Partner, Gutierrez, Preciado & House, LLP
William T. Fujioka, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County (Retired)
The Hon. Rex Heeseman, Los Angeles County Superior Court (Retired)
The Hon. Robert M. Hertzberg, State Senator (California District 18)
Robert W. Howard ’55, Chairman, Howard & Howard, Inc.
Marguerite M. Leoni, Partner, Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Gross & Leoni, LLP
T. Anthony Quinn, Co-Editor, California Target Book
Raymond Remy ’59, President, R.R. Consulting
Christopher J. Townsend ’82, President, Townsend Public Affairs, Inc.
Frank G. Tripepi P’96, President & CEO, Willdan Financial Services
Hiram Chodosh, President, Claremont McKenna College
Ronald Riggio, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Claremont McKenna College
Andrew E. Busch, Director, Rose Institute of State & Local Government
Jack L. Stark ’57, President Emeritus, Claremont McKenna College
Buzz Woolley ’59, President, Girard Capital, Inc.
D. Alan Heslop, Director Emeritus, Rose Institute