The Guardians InitiativeTM:
Reclaiming the Public Trust

Leadership & Support

The AGB Guardians Initiative benefits both from the leadership and expert advice of corporate, government, and higher education leaders, as well as the collective strength of trustees from a large and diverse group of colleges and universities working in concert to inform the public dialogue.

The Guardians Initiative Leadership Group includes prominent corporate and government leaders, who themselves serve as trustees and provide insight and leadership to the campaign.

If your institution would like to discuss how to engage its board in this vital work, please call (202) 296-8400 or email

Leadership Group

Andrew Alexander
CEO and Executive Producer
The Second City
Columbia College Chicago

Norm Augustine
Retired Chairman and CEO
Lockheed Martin Corp.
University System of Maryland

Patricia Brown Holmes
Former Assistant US Attorney,
US Department of Justice
University of Illinois

Rosalind Brewer
Group President and COO, Starbucks Corporation
Former CEO, Sam’s Club
Spelman College

James R. Downing 
President and CEO,
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Rhodes College

Dennis FitzSimons
Former Chairman/CEO, Tribune Company
Chair, The Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Northwestern University

James W. Hazel
Member, Board of Visitors, GMU
George Mason University

Brent Henry
Member, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, P.C.
Former Vice President & General Counsel, Partners Healthcare
Princeton University

Thomas H. Kean
Former Governor, State of New Jersey
Former President, Drew University
Teachers College Columbia University

Ann Hannaford Lamar
Former Justice, Mississippi Supreme Court
Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning

Deborah Platt Majoras
Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, The Procter & Gamble Company
Former Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
Westminster College

Richard W. Riley
Former Governor, State of South Carolina
Former United States Secretary of Education
Furman University

Myron E. Ullman III
Retired Chairman and CEO, JCPenney
Gordon College


Supported in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


To join this distinguished group or to learn more about opportunities to support the Initiative, please contact AGB’s Resource Development Team, at