Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy has selected Emmett D. Carson to serve as its first Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Chair on Community Foundations.
As a visiting scholar, Mr. Carson will develop the school’s community foundations syllabus and serve as a guest lecturer. Indiana will begin searching for a permanent professor to fill the position this fall.
While at Indiana, Mr. Carson will continue as chief executive and president of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a position he has held since the foundation’s inception in 2006. The foundation manages over $4.7-billion, making it the largest community foundation in the country. It has been a prime recipient of the tech industry’s growing bounty. In 2012, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged roughly $500-million in company shares to the foundation. The foundation also helped administer Mr. Zuckerberg’s $100-million donation to the public-school system of Newark, N.J.
Mr. Carson previously served 12 years as head of the Minneapolis Foundation.
He also has a long relationship with Indiana University, from which he received an honorary doctorate in 2007.