Dr. Sherry Magill – Bio

Sherry Magill PhotoDr. Sherry Magill – President, Jessie Ball DuPont Fund

Located here in Jacksonville, FL, is a private grantmaking Fund, has assets of approximately $270 million and an annual grants budget of approximately $15 million.

Prior to joining the Fund’s staff in 1991 as Program Officer for Education, Dr. Magill served as Vice President and Deputy to the President of Washington College, a small private liberal arts college located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. While at Washington College, she taught courses in American Studies and on the American South, and in 1991 was selected by the graduating class to receive the Gold Pentagon Award for outstanding service to the college.

She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in American Studies from Syracuse University. Dr. Magill holds an honorary doctor of humane letters from both Jacksonville University and Randolph-Macon College.

In addition to having served as chair of the State of Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, the P.A.C.E. Center for Girls state board, and the Florida Funders Group. Dr. Magill is past president of the Jacksonville Women’s Network board, a past member of the Southeastern Council of Foundations board, the Leadership Jacksonville board, the Southern Education Foundation board, the Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies board, and is a founding member and past chair of the Florida Philanthropic Network. Currently, she serves as Vice Chair of the Council on Foundations’ board, Chair of the Board of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center for Girls and Young Women, and is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges’ board. She is an alumni member of Leadership Jacksonville, Class of 1993, and Leadership Florida, Class XIV.

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