John J.P. Howley Named Chair-elect of Skidmore College Board of Trustees

Nov 20, 2007, 00:00 ET from Skidmore College

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- John J.P. Howley, vice
 chair of the Skidmore College board of trustees, has been named
 chair-elect. He will succeed Suzanne Corbet Thomas, who will step down in
 May after six years. Howley was elected vice chair of the Board in 2002.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071120/NYTU143 )
     A partner in the New York office of the law firm of Kaye Scholer LLP,
 Howley chaired the 16-member search committee that brought Philip A.
 Glotzbach to the Skidmore presidency in 2003.
     Skidmore's Board of Trustees "will be well served by his capable
 leadership, which is characterized by both passion and thoughtfulness,"
 said Thomas.
     "In all of his work on the board, John has combined a lively
 intelligence with a deep commitment to Skidmore," she noted. "He did an
 outstanding job as chair of the presidential search committee, listening
 carefully to the college's many constituencies. He has been especially
 attentive to issues of diversity and the need to foster greater
 intercultural and global understanding among all of our students."
     Although Howley's main professional expertise is in antitrust and
 intellectual property, he has had remarkable success with pro bono
 death-penalty appeals, including the case of a severely schizophrenic
 Virginia resident who was convicted of murder and scheduled to die in 1999.
 Greatly assisted in that case by ten students taking Skidmore Government
 professor Beau Breslin's "Law and Society" class, Howley was awarded the
 College's Distinguished Achievement Award in 2000 and named a trustee the
 same year.
     A 1980 graduate of Skidmore, Howley was elected sophomore class
 president and, as a junior, president of the Student Government
 Association. As a senior, Howley became executive director of the
 Independent Student Coalition, a student lobbying organization that
 advocated for increased financial aid to students at independent colleges.
     Upon graduation, Howley was hired by the Commission on Independent
 Colleges and Universities to represent private colleges and universities in
 New York State on student aid issues before the State legislature and
 Congress. At the Commission, Howley worked with Skidmore President Joseph
 Palamountain, who served on the organization's board.
     Howley -- who has argued before the Supreme Court -- has received a
 number of advocacy awards including the American College of Trial Lawyers'
 Medal for Excellence in Advocacy, the Thurgood Marshall Award presented by
 the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the Gideon Award
 presented by the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
     Howley earned his J.D. degree magna cum laude from New York Law School
 in 1989. Howley, his wife Isabelita, and their two sons, reside in Colonia,
 NJ.
     Skidmore College -- located in Saratoga Springs, New York -- is a
 highly selective, independent liberal arts college with an enrollment of
 approximately 2400 men and women from some 40 states and 30 countries. With
 its relatively small size and student/faculty ratio of 10.5 to 1, Skidmore
 is a close-knit academic community that emphasizes an interdisciplinary
 approach to all areas of study.
 
 

SOURCE Skidmore College
    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- John J.P. Howley, vice
 chair of the Skidmore College board of trustees, has been named
 chair-elect. He will succeed Suzanne Corbet Thomas, who will step down in
 May after six years. Howley was elected vice chair of the Board in 2002.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071120/NYTU143 )
     A partner in the New York office of the law firm of Kaye Scholer LLP,
 Howley chaired the 16-member search committee that brought Philip A.
 Glotzbach to the Skidmore presidency in 2003.
     Skidmore's Board of Trustees "will be well served by his capable
 leadership, which is characterized by both passion and thoughtfulness,"
 said Thomas.
     "In all of his work on the board, John has combined a lively
 intelligence with a deep commitment to Skidmore," she noted. "He did an
 outstanding job as chair of the presidential search committee, listening
 carefully to the college's many constituencies. He has been especially
 attentive to issues of diversity and the need to foster greater
 intercultural and global understanding among all of our students."
     Although Howley's main professional expertise is in antitrust and
 intellectual property, he has had remarkable success with pro bono
 death-penalty appeals, including the case of a severely schizophrenic
 Virginia resident who was convicted of murder and scheduled to die in 1999.
 Greatly assisted in that case by ten students taking Skidmore Government
 professor Beau Breslin's "Law and Society" class, Howley was awarded the
 College's Distinguished Achievement Award in 2000 and named a trustee the
 same year.
     A 1980 graduate of Skidmore, Howley was elected sophomore class
 president and, as a junior, president of the Student Government
 Association. As a senior, Howley became executive director of the
 Independent Student Coalition, a student lobbying organization that
 advocated for increased financial aid to students at independent colleges.
     Upon graduation, Howley was hired by the Commission on Independent
 Colleges and Universities to represent private colleges and universities in
 New York State on student aid issues before the State legislature and
 Congress. At the Commission, Howley worked with Skidmore President Joseph
 Palamountain, who served on the organization's board.
     Howley -- who has argued before the Supreme Court -- has received a
 number of advocacy awards including the American College of Trial Lawyers'
 Medal for Excellence in Advocacy, the Thurgood Marshall Award presented by
 the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the Gideon Award
 presented by the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
     Howley earned his J.D. degree magna cum laude from New York Law School
 in 1989. Howley, his wife Isabelita, and their two sons, reside in Colonia,
 NJ.
     Skidmore College -- located in Saratoga Springs, New York -- is a
 highly selective, independent liberal arts college with an enrollment of
 approximately 2400 men and women from some 40 states and 30 countries. With
 its relatively small size and student/faculty ratio of 10.5 to 1, Skidmore
 is a close-knit academic community that emphasizes an interdisciplinary
 approach to all areas of study.
 
 SOURCE Skidmore College