Board of Trustees Chairs Reflect on Meisels’s Presidency

“Sam truly accomplished his bold vision for Erikson. The Institute is even more visible to and engaged with families and the entire community, with a beautiful new campus and outreach programs including the Center for Children and Families. I wish him much success at the Buffett Early Childhood Institute.”
Virginia Bobins, ’90
Chair, Board of Trustees, 1999–2003
Civic Leader

“When Erikson began the presidential search that led us to Sam, we made a list of the perfect attributes and skills for the position. We never thought we’d find all of them in one candidate, but we did in Sam. I thank him for his service to Erikson and wish him all the best. He and his wife Alice are a wonderful addition to Chicago, and my husband Bob and I enjoy a warm friendship with them.”
Susan Wislow
Chair, Board of Trustees, 2003–06
Civic Leader

“There are only a few national spokespersons for the early childhood field, and Sam is certainly one of them. He never stops reading and thinking about how to improve the lives of children and families and how to ensure that Erikson thrives as an institution and stays at the forefront. I can’t say enough about how productive his time as Erikson’s president was.”
Richard P. Kiphart
Chair, Board of Trustees, 2006–10
Head of Private Client Advisors, William Blair & Company

“Under Sam’s leadership, Erikson strengthened its long partnership with Chicago and Illinois schools, agencies, and organizations. Erikson continues to transform the care and education for the youngest children throughout the city and state.”
Gery Chico
Chair, Board of Trustees, 2010–11
Chairman, Illinois State Board of Education
Senior Partner, Chico & Nunes, P.C.

“Sam fostered a spirit of innovation at Erikson, innovation that built on Erikson’s strengths&nbsp— from its exceptional faculty to its highly responsive community programs. His legacy: a highly dynamic organization that is proactive in its efforts to effect positive change for children and families.”
Kate Neisser
Chair, Board of Trustees, 2011–present
Civic Leader