The Philadelphia Museum of Art has announced the election of three new Trustees: Ira Brind, president of Brind Investments, Inc., Ruth Colket, a dedicated community leader and volunteer with an active involvement in the Philadelphia Museum of Art dating to the 1970s, and Constance H. Williams, a member of the Senate of Pennsylvania (D-17th, Delaware and Montgomery).
H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said: “We are pleased to enlist the remarkable talents of Ruth, Connie, and Ira in the work of our board, especially at an auspicious moment when the Museum is poised for such tremendous growth. I am also delighted to say that William M. Hollis, Jr., who has now retired from the board, has also agreed to serve as Trustee Emeritus, and we are deeply grateful for his exceptional service.”
Ira Brind is the president of Brind Investments Inc., which specializes in private equity, real estate and hedge funds. He is an investment advisor for North Castle Partners and CMS Companies. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (A.B., 1963) and University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1967), he is the former CEO of Brind Leasing Corporation, a truck leasing company.
Mr. Brind's late wife, Myrna, was a longtime member of the Costume and Textiles Committee. She collected Indian jewelry, African jewelry, and other ethnic items and objects. Mr. Brind is continuing their joint interest in collecting.
The Brinds were instrumental in the creation of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Jefferson University Hospital. They also endowed the Brind Distinguished Lectureship in Integrative Medicine at the hospital.
Mr. Brind is a board member of the Ira and Myrna Brind Foundation and the Connelly Foundation. He is a member of other boards including Jefferson Health System, Thomas Jefferson University, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (chairman emeritus), the University of the Arts (vice chairman), and the Wistar Institute (past chairman).
Mr. Brind is an Associate Fellow of the Museum. He has two sons, David and Robert, and resides in Philadelphia.
Constance H. Williams
Senator Williams is a graduate of Barnard College (B.A., English, 1966) and Wharton (M.B.A., 1980). She is a former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, former economic development and small business coordinator for Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District, former program officer for the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships, and former consultant for the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers.
Mrs. Williams is member of other boards including the Episcopal Academy, the Kimmel Center, and the National Museum of American Jewish History. She serves as Chair of the Board of Steppingstone Scholars, Inc. Her memberships include the Governor's Green Ribbon Commission on Environmental Issues, Governor's Advisory Committee on Minority and Women Business Opportunities, Pennsylvania Public TV Network Commission, Forum for Executive Women and the Trustees' Council of Penn Women.
Mrs. Williams is married to Dr. Sankey Williams, Division Chief of General Internal Medicine and the Sol Katz Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Both Dr. and Mrs. Williams are members of the Chairman’s Council at the Museum. They have two daughters, Elizabeth and Jennifer, and reside in Haverford, PA.
Ruth Colket is a dedicated community leader and volunteer with an active involvement in the Philadelphia Museum of Art dating to the early 1970s. From 1989 to 1994, Ruth served on the Board of Trustees. She has been a member of the Women’s Committee since 1989, co-chairing the Museum’s 125th Anniversary Gala in 2001, and also serves on the European Decorative Arts Committee. Mr. and Mrs. Colket have been members of the Chairman’s Council since its inception. In October 2005, a handsome space in the 19th century galleries was named The Colket Gallery in recognition of their generosity to the Museum’s 125th Anniversary Campaign. They are discerning collectors of French Impressionist painting and European porcelain.
Mrs. Colket is a trustee and committed supporter of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she also serves as chairman of the Trustee Committee on Patient Safety, Quality Improvement and Risk Management, as well as a member of the hospital’s Women’s Committee. She began her career as a practicing nurse after studying at West Jersey Medical Center and is a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Among the many organizations to which she has contributed her energy and creativity are the Academy of Music, the Philadelphia Flower Show, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Maine Seacoast Mission Society, the Garden Club of Mount Desert, and the Community Clothes Charity.
Mrs. Colket is married to Tristram C. Colket, Jr. owner of Tekloc Enterprises, a private investment firm. Mr. Colket is the grandson of Dr. John T. Dorrance, Sr., former president of Campbell Soup Company, and nephew of the late John T. Dorrance, Jr., who served as Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Trustees from 1986 to 1989. The Colkets have three children: Carolyn Cullen, Tristram III, and Bryan. They reside in Paoli, Pennsylvania.