Scott McVay began working with the Knowleses on the development of KSTF in 1998 and directed the 1999 national search which led to the selection of Dr. Angelo Collins as the foundation’s first executive director. Mr. McVay’s life and career underscore his conviction that great teaching and continuing education are the soul of a healthy and secure society. From 2000 to 2003, he was president of the Chautauqua Institution, the not-for-profit educational center in western New York State. Prior to joining KSTF’s Board, he served as founding executive director of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation (1976-1998) and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation (1972-1975).
A champion of education, conservation and the well-being of marine mammals, among other causes, Mr. McVay has published papers in Scientific American, Science, American Scientist and Natural History on the subject of whales and led two expeditions to the Alaskan Arctic to study, record and film the rare Bowhead whale. He has also written chapters for books on biophilia, the humane treatment of all life and philanthropy.
Mr. McVay has served on the boards of the World Wildlife Fund, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Park Foundation, among others. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Albert Schweitzer Award from the Animal Welfare Institute, the Joseph Wood Krutch medal from the Humane Society of the United States, and an honorary doctorate from Middlebury College for initiating and sustaining a nationwide high school program of Chinese language instruction.
Mr. McVay holds a degree in English literature from Princeton University. He and his wife, Hella, a mathematician and teacher, have two daughters and three grandchildren.