October 15, 1997 1 min read

Gordon Conway has been named the new president of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Mr. Conway, 59, is the vice chancellor of the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. He is an internationally known agricultural ecologist who has worked in numerous countries and has written more than 100 papers, monographs, and books on such subjects as ecology and international development.

Mr. Conway will be the first non-United States citizen to lead the New York City-based foundation. He replaces Peter C. Goldmark Jr., who announced his intention to step down last year.

Gordon Conway

Upon taking his post in April, Mr. Conway will become the 12th president of the international philanthropic organization, which was founded by philanthropist and international businessman John D. Rockefeller in 1913. The foundation currently has an endowment of $2.8 billion.

Some of the foundation’s major initiatives include the School Development Program based at the Yale Child Study Center and pioneered by child psychiatrist James P. Comer, as well as the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future.

P. Michael Timpane, a former president of Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City, who most recently was a vice president and senior scholar with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has taken a new position. He has been named the senior adviser for education with the Washington office of the RAND Corp., a research organization based in Santa Monica, Calif. ... Steve Ferrara, the testing director for the Maryland Department of Education, has taken a job with the American Institutes for Research in Washington. Mr. Ferrara, who assumed his new post last month, will work with the organization as a technical director to help write the new national tests proposed by the Clinton administration.

Gary Hopkins, the former managing editor of Weekly Reader, a national magazine for students, has moved from the world of print to cyberspace. Mr. Hopkins has been named editor in chief of Education World, an education resource site on the Internet. The site, located at, provides teachers with lesson plans and curriculum ideas.