Dr. David W. Ellis, a chemist by training, has served in a variety of positions in higher education and with museums: Interim Executive Director of the Harvard Museum of Natural History and of the Berkshire Museum; Interim President of the Boston Children’s Museum; Senior Fellow with The Boston Foundation; President and Director of the Museum of Science; President of Lafayette College; and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of New Hampshire.
Dr. Ellis is an arbitrator for FINRA and has consulted for many years, including 15 years in Brazil. His current board service includes the Conservation Law Foundation (Vice Chair) and the Forsyth Institute (vice-chair), and The Caterpillar Laboratory. He has served on many boards including the American Alliance of Museums, Boston 4 Celebrations Foundation and the MIT Museum. Dr. Ellis served as Chair of the Board of Elderhostel (now Road Scholar), Chair of the Board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and as a Member and Chair of the Directorate on Education and Human Resources of the National Science Foundation.