Oral history interview with Patricia L. Rosenfield, 2012


Rosenfield, Patricia L (Interviewee)
Grele, Ronald (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Patricia L. Rosenfield, 2012
Defense against being called an armchair chair by Vartan Gregorian in 1998; scatteration of Carnegie programs; appointment of Narciso Matos as chair of Africa program; impact of the McKinsey & Company report on Carnegie Corporation staff and trustees; criticisms, praises and gossip of Carnegie leadership; development, implementation and efficacy of Carnegie Scholars Program; continuity between Carn egie programs under David A. Hamburg and Vartan Gregorian; comparison of Hamburg and Gregorian leadership: skills and grant-making; transitioning the leadership and shifts in staff; selection process of trustees; Carnegie parties and tea tradition; Carnegie reaction to world events: Strengthening U.S. Democracy Program, Education, Strengthening Human Resources in Developing Countries, International Peace and Security; Partnership for Higher Education in Africa; stages of Scholars Program: nominations, review, scholarship, product; examples of Carnegie scholars and research; transformation from Scholars Program to Islam Initiative; controversy within Islam Initiative; tensions in structure under Gregorian; musings on the current state of American and global philanthropy; efficacy of administrative changes after McKinsey report; history of Carnegie annual reports and bureaucracy; morale and interactions of staff and trustees; importance of Muslim philanthropy; development of program evaluation methods under Gregorian; slow change of education programs: Schools for a New Society, Teachers for a New Era; partnerships: Ford Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, World Health Organization, International Development Research Center; clash of academic and philanthropic cultures; influence of Andrew Carnegie on grant-making; Carnegie medal; philanthropic accountability; value of institutional history to foundation officials and for public dissemination; foundations as risk capital; Carnegie's unchanging mission; global community philanthropy; working against racism and for women through Carnegie history; development of administrative structure though history; specialization versus interdisciplinarity in grant-making
Collection Name
Carnegie Corporation project. Part 3
Education, Higher--Africa; Executives; Charitable uses, trusts, and foundations--Political activity; Endowments; Gregorian, Vartan; Rosenfield, Patricia L; Carnegie Corporation of New York
oral histories
Physical Description
288 pages + index; 1 digital audio file (135 min.); 1 digital audio file (152 min.); 1 digital audio file (131 min.)
Note (Biographical)
Director/Chair, Carnegie Scholars Program Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Interviewed by Ronald Grele on February 22, March 9, and September 24, 2012.
Note (Provenance)
Gift of Patricia L. Rosenfield
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Carnegie Corporation Oral History Project [Staging]
Oral History Archives at Columbia
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