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John Craig: Chairman of Davidsonians for Freedom of Thought and Discourse

July 24, 2023 by John Craig

John Craig graduated from Davidson cum laude in 1966, with a BA in economics. He earned his Masters in Public Affairs degree at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1968. For his service in Vietnam, 1968-79, he received from Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker the U.S. Department of State’s Citation for Heroic Service. He spent most of his career leading large private foundations in New York City, serving as chief operating officer and executive vice president of The Commonwealth Fund, 1981-2014. In retirement, he chairs the Lancaster County (SC) Society for Historical Preservation, operates the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center, and serves on the board of Lander University. Earlier, he was chair of the Investment Fund for Foundations and served on the Davidson Alumni Council board, the board of WDAV, and the Davidson Board of Visitors.


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