Swarthmore Welcomes New Members to College's Board of Managers

New members of Swarthmore's Board of Managers will begin their term at the Board's meeting on September 15-16. The three new members, appointed at the Board's meeting in May, are:

John Chen '76

John Chen '76John Chen ’76 is the chief operating officer of Hilco Global, a leading diversified financial services company operating on five continents. He is also the chair of its investment committee and a member of its board of directors.

Before joining Hilco, he spent 20 years working for Tang Industries, where he held several positions, including chief financial officer, and eight working for PepsiCo, Inc.

Chen has a lengthy history of community and board service, and has served as a member of the boards of Northwestern University’s Chemistry of Life Process Institute, Washington University at St. Louis’s Parents Council, and the Avoca School District 37.

He graduated with honors from the College with a degree in political science and from Columbia Business School with an MBA in finance.


Thom Collins '88

Thom Collins '88Thom Collins ’88 is the executive director and president of the Barnes Foundation, the world-famous Philadelphia landmark devoted to “the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.”

Among his previous posts, Collins was the director of Miami’s Pérez Art Museum and the director of SUNY Purchase’s Neuberger Museum of Art. He began his curatorial career as the Newhall Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

A native of the Philadelphia area, Collins is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Art Museum Curators, and the College Art Association.

He graduated with honors from the College with a degree in art history and from Northwestern University with a master’s in the same subject. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts.


Lucy Jane Lang '03

Lucy Jane Lang '03Lucy Jane Lang ’03 is special counsel for policy and projects and executive director of the DANY Academy at the New York County District Attorney's Office, where she has served in various capacities since 2006.  

She graduated with high honors in political science from the College, and received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she serves as a lecturer-in-law. She is an active supporter of numerous New York City-based community organizations and arts institutions.  

Lang was named a 2015 Rising Star by the New York Law Journal, and is a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar.