Holcombe Green and Barrington Parker Appointed to Yale Corporation
Yale University announced today the appointment of Holcombe T. Green, Jr., and Barrington D. Parker, Jr., as Successor Trustees to the Yale Corporation, the University’s governing board, effective July 1, 1999.
Mr. Green is a 1961 graduate of Yale College, where he resided in Saybrook College and majored in English. He subsequently earned an LLB from the University of Virginia Law School in 1967. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of WestPoint Stevens, Inc., a home fashions consumer products company headquartered in New York City, and also principal of Green Capital Investors, L.P., a private investment partnership in Atlanta, Georgia. He was formerly a senior partner in the law firm of Hansell & Post and practiced corporate law for over twenty years. He recently retired as Chairman of HBO & Company, and he has served as a director for many publicly and privately held companies throughout the Southeast.
Mr. Green has expressed his abiding interest in Yale in numerous ways, but it is most visible in his strong commitment to the arts. He expressed his passion for American art by endowing the curatorship of American paintings and sculpture at the Art Gallery in honor of his father, Holcombe T. Green. Another recent generous gift made possible a new home for the School of Art; when construction is completed, the renovated and expanded building at 1156 Chapel Street in New Haven will be named in his honor. He supports the ongoing work of the Yale University Art Gallery as vice chair of its governing board.
During the highly successful “…and for Yale ” campaign that raised over $1.7 billion from 1991-97, Mr. Green served as a member of the campaign’s national Executive Committee and as the regional chair for the Southeast. He was also a member of the Alumni Fund Special Gifts Committee for his 25th class reunion. He currently chairs the recently reconstituted Yale Development Board, having been a member of its predecessor body from 1989 to 1991.
A native Atlantan, Mr. Green has been actively involved in the major cultural affairs of the city, serving on the boards of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Families First, Inc., The Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta Music Festival Association, and Woodruff Arts Center. He is also a graduate of the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, and currently serves as a trustee of that school and chairs its $100 million capital campaign.
Mr. Green is married to Nancy Reade Hall Green. The Greens have two sons, Holcombe (MPPM ‘97) and Frank, and the couple makes their home in Atlanta.
Judge Parker graduated from Yale College in 1965 and earned the L.L.B. degree from Yale Law School in 1969. President Clinton appointed him U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York in 1994.
A distinguished twenty-three-year career as an attorney preceded Judge Parker’s judicial appointment. He practiced general commercial litigation in New York City as a partner with Morrison & Foerster from 1987 to 1994 and with Parker Auspitz Nessemann & Delehanty, P.C., from 1977 to 1987; he was associated with Sullivan & Cromwell from 1970 to 1977. Following his graduation from Yale Law School he served as a clerk for the Honorable Aubrey E. Robinson, Jr., United States District Court in Washington, D.C., the city where he was born and educated in the public schools.
Judge Parker comes from a family with a long connection to the law. His grandfather, George A. Parker, had his own law firm and founded the Robert H. Terrell School of Law in 1931, which, until 1951, was a night school in Washington for African-American law students. His father, Barrington Sr., practiced at his father’s firm before being appointed to the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia by President Nixon in 1969. Judge Parker and his father are the first African-American father and son to be appointed to the federal judiciary. His mother, Dr. Marjorie Holloman Parker, was for many years a professor in Washington and is a scholar and author who has held a variety of civic and charitable positions.
His leadership as an alumnus has reflected both his law school and undergraduate affiliations. From 1979 to 1982 he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Yale Law School Alumni Fund and on the board of the School’s Yale Alumni Fund. He was a volunteer for the University’s Campaign for Yale. As an undergraduate, Judge Parker resided in Ezra Stiles College and majored in history.
Judge Parker was also involved in a variety of professional and civic activities during the time he was in private practice. For a number of years he was the President of the Board of the Harlem School of the Arts as well as Vice-President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. He continues to serve on the boards of the New School for Social Research, where he formerly served on the Executive Committee and chaired the Institutional Policy Committee; Greenwich Academy; the Governance Institute; and the South Africa Legal Services and Education Project. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His former activities include leadership positions with the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and board membership at St. Paul’s School, the Visiting Nurse Service, and the American Arbitration Association.
Judge Parker is married to Toni Trent Parker. Mrs. Parker runs Black Books Galore, a firm that promotes and distributes African-American children’s books. Her father, Dr. William J. Trent, Jr., was a founder and for many years the Executive Director of the United Negro College Fund. Judge and Mrs. Parker have three daughters: Christine (Yale College ‘00), Kathleen, and Jennifer, and the family lives in Stamford, Connecticut.
The Yale Corporation’s ten Successor Trustees are those appointed as successors to the original trustees of the University. The Corporation also has six Alumni Fellows, one of whom is elected annually by Yale alumni; each Fellow serves one six-year term.