PHILIP A. GELSTON joined the Board of Trustees in 2002. On the Board, he has focused on financial, and strategic matters . He chaired the Finance Committee for many years as the organization grew fourfold and moved into an impressive new facility in midtown Manhattan. Mr. Gelston is a partner in Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLC’s Corporate Department and serves as the Chair of its Mergers and Acquisitions practice. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate counseling. His practice encompasses complicated negotiated transactions, hostile transactions (both offense and defense), cross-border transactions, activist defense, and advising boards and senior executives, particularly on corporate governance or managing crisis situations. Mr. Gelston grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He received an A.B.cum laude from Harvard College in 1974, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1977, where he was the Supreme Court Note Editor of the Law Review and awarded the Sears Prize. After a one‑year clerkship with Hon. John M. Wisdom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, he joined Cravath in 1978 and became a partner in 1984.