George and Ann RichardsCivil War Era Center

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Board of Visitors

Board of Visitors


The Richards Center’s Board of Visitors play an important role in shaping the Center’s future goals and supporting its mission of training graduate students, encouraging cutting-edge scholarship, and promoting research into the central historical themes of the long nineteenth century.

Board of Visitors

The following individuals have graciously agreed to serve on the Richards Center’s Board of Visitors. We wish to recognize them for their guidance and financial support which helps make possible the Richards Center’s many programs.

  • Steven H. Brose (’69 Political Science)
    Steptoe & Johnson
  • Laurence H. Brown (’71 History)
    Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown and Sandler
  • Philip Kocher (’75 General Arts & Sciences)
    Retired Insurance Managing Director
    The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation in Pittsburgh
  • Gretchen McCabe
  • Donna Oliver (’67 Psychology)
    Retired Attorney 
    Duane Morris LLP
  • William Oliver (’67 Business)
    Retired CEO
    Oliver Sprinkler Company (now Oliver Fire Protection and Security)
  • John D. Paulus
    Retired Managing Director and Chief Economist
    Morgan Stanley
  • Mark D. Persun (’74 Political Science)
    Attorney, Mark D. Persun Law Office
  • Howell K. Rosenberg (’71 Political Science)
    Chair, Richards Civil War Era Center Board of Visitors
    Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown and Sandler
  • John Taylor (’87 History)
    Principal, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs
    Greenleaf Health