LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – David R. Scott has been elected Chair of the Board of the Princeton Area Community Foundation.

Scott served as university counsel at Rutgers University for twenty years before retiring in 2004. Earlier in his career, he was chief counsel and acting director at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics in Washington D.C., a senior trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, and an assistant district attorney for the city of Philadelphia. He also worked in the private sector as an attorney at the Philadelphia firm of Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz.

A dedicated volunteer at numerous local and national nonprofit organizations, Scott is currently a trustee of Princeton Day School, Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area, and the International Tennis Club of the U.S., and has served on the boards of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and United Way of Greater Mercer County.

Scott was a member of the founding board of the Community Foundation when the organization was established in 1991, and has been a trustee for many of the years since—including several as vice chair.  A nonprofit board chair plays a significant role in ensuring the health and wellbeing of the organization, and works to promote effective leadership and good governance. A board chair’s other primary role is as a partner to the chief executive officer (CEO) and other board members in setting the mission and direction of the organization and assuring progress.

Community Foundation President and CEO Nancy Kieling explains, “David has a rich understanding of our work, our history, and where we are headed. He is a leader in the boardroom, with a special talent for finding consensus while bringing out multiple opinions from his colleagues. It will be a pleasure to have David at the helm, following in the footsteps of Ann Reichelderfer, Tom Harvey, Bill Burks, Stan Smoyer, and Stu Carothers. The Community Foundation has thrived under great leadership from the beginning and David is a first-rate choice to continue that legacy.”

“I have big shoes to fill,” Scott says humbly. “This organization has had exceptional leadership from day one. As someone who has watched the Community Foundation grow from just a great idea into a strong institution with vision and reach, I am very excited to become chair today. It is an honor and a challenge – and I know great things lie ahead.”

Scott lives in Princeton with his wife. In addition to his wide range of volunteer activities, he is an avid traveler and a competitor in senior tennis tournaments.