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 – Shannon L. Kelly ’92, Vice President – West Region, 21st Century Insurance
Vice-Chair – Richard J. Romero ’89, President, Oremor Management and Investment Company
Brandon R. Birtcher ’76, President, Birtcher Development & Investment, LLC
W. Richard Cramer ’53, CFO, Star Milling Company
Robert W. Howard ’55 , Chairman, Howard & Howard, Inc.
J. Edward Kerley ’87, Hereford Kerley, LLP
Hiram Chodosh, President, Claremont McKenna College
Jack L. Stark ’57, President Emeritus, Claremont McKenna College
D. Alan Heslop, Director Emeritus, Rose Institute