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Trustee Robert C. Davidson Jr. ’67 Named Board Chair of Art Center College of Design

By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

(March 2, 2010) -- Robert C. Davidson Jr. ’67, vice chairman of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees, has been named board chair of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.

Davidson becomes the first African American to serve as the institution’s board chair.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be asked to serve as board chairman for an Institution as distinguished as Art Center,” Davidson he said.

Davidson has been a member of the College’s Board of Trustees since 1997. He has served on the Art Center’s board since 2004 and chaired the school’s presidential search committee, which chose Lorne Buchman as president and CEO.

“[Davidson,] proved deeply committed to Art Center and dedicated to helping me establish a clear vision for the college, engaging students, faculty and the entire Art Center community in imagining the future of art and design education,” Buchanan said.

Davidson is the founder and retired chairman and chief executive officer of Surface Protection Industries, which which became one of the top African American-owned manufacturing companies in California. Previously, he co-founded and served as vice president for the Urban National Corporation, a private venture capital firm that raised more than $10 million for investments into minority-controlled businesses.

Davidson sits on the board of a number of other organizations, including Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.; Broadway Federal Bank; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; The White House Fellows Commission; the University of Chicago Graduate School Advisory Council. He is also vice chairman of the South Coast Air Quality Management District Brain and Lung Tumor and Air Pollution Foundation.

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