Gilbert M. Grosvenor

Gilbert M. Grosvenor is chairman of the National Geographic Society’s Board of Trustees and its Education Foundation. He served from 1987 to 1996 as the 14th president of the Society - the fifth generation of his family to have served in that position. After graduating from Yale University in 1954, Grosvenor joined the Society staff as a picture editor. He was editor of National Geographic magazine from 1970 to 1980.

Concerned about the lack of geographic knowledge among students, Grosvenor created National Geographic World (now Kids), a monthly magazine for children, in 1975, and, in 1985, he launched the Society’s Geography Education Outreach division, an effort to improve geography education in the nation’s classrooms. Grosvenor is a director or trustee of numerous foundations and corporations, including the Jason Foundation and the National Wildflower Research Center.

He is also a member emeritus of the Board of Visitors of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences; emeritus member of the Yale Corporation; chairman emeritus of the Foundation Board of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf; former vice chairman, President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors; and former member, President’s Commission on Environmental Quality. In June 2004, Grosvenor was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, by President George W. Bush.

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