GSAS Conference Breakout Session #2 bios

3:15 - 4:15 PM:  Careers in Media, Journalism and Cultural Institutions - Breakout Session #2.

Susan Ball ’78 PhD (History of Art) began her post-Yale life pursuing a scholarly career and teaching art and architectural history at the University of Delaware, but soon moved into administration, spending twenty years as executive director of the College Art Association, the membership association for 16,000 visual arts professionals – professors of both art and art history, museum curators and educators, independent artists and scholars, and collectors. She has served on numerous not for profit boards, taught "Leadership, Governance, and Strategic Planning" in the graduate arts administration program at NYU, and worked for the New York Foundation for the Arts where with two colleagues she edited the popular "how to" book, The Profitable Artist (2010).  She is currently deputy director at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Ken Browne ’78 MA (Italian Studies) developed an interest in educational TV as a graduate student when several Yale faculty appeared in a series about Italy for the new public TV station WEDY.   After entering the TV production field as a film editor, he went on to form Ken Browne Productions in 1986 as a producer for corporate, non-profit, and institutional clients.  Recent work includes documentaries for public television, and short-form products supporting organizations that include the NYC Schools,, Pace University, Fashion Institution of Technology SUNY, and others. 

Andrew S. Richter ’79 PhD (Sociology) spent over three decades in the field of compensation and benefits as both a partner at the consulting firm Towers Perrin and as an executive at IBM and NBC Universal. He served on the board of the American Compensation Association and has written a book and numerous articles. He now has his own consulting firm, Richter Associates, and serves as the Treasurer and Foundation Chair of Hudson River HealthCare, a community health center delivering primary care to over 80,000 patients.

Elizabeth Sullivan ’74 BA, ’76 MA (Soviet and Eastern European Studies) is editorial page editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio's largest newspaper. When she applied for her first journalism job in the spring of 1976, there were 300 other applicants, all hoping to break into reporting in the wake of Watergate. And the advertised job was for a file clerk in a monthly foreign affairs publication. Sullivan got the job, thanks largely to her Yale degrees, was promoted to reporter within a few months and has worked in journalism ever since, including being able to use the Slavic languages she learned at Yale in covering the breakups of the former USSR and ex-Yugoslavia.