Sherry Magill serves as President of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, a private grantmaking foundation. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the Fund’s assets approximate $285 million with an annual grants budget totaling approximately $12 to $15 million.
Prior to joining the Fund’s staff in 1991 as Program Officer for Education, Dr. Magill served as Vice President and Deputy to the President of Washington College, a small private liberal arts college located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. While at Washington College, she taught courses in American Studies and on the American South, and in 1991 was selected by the graduating class to receive the Gold Pentagon Award for outstanding service to the college.
She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in American Studies from Syracuse University. She has served as a senior moderator for the Aspen Institute, and is the founding executive director of the Wye Faculty Seminar, a nationally recognized enrichment program for professors teaching in the nation’s small colleges. Dr. Magill holds an honorary doctor of humane letters from Jacksonville University, Randolph-Macon College, and Lynchburg College. She is recipient of the 2016 EVE Award given by The Florida Times-Union.
In addition to having served as chair of the Council on Foundation board, State of Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, the P.A.C.E. Center for Girls state board, and the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center for Girls and Young Women board, Dr. Magill is past president of the Jacksonville Women’s Network board, a past member of the Southeastern Council of Foundations board, the Leadership Jacksonville board, the Southern Education Foundation board, the Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies board, and the Council of Independent Colleges board. She is a founding member and past chair of the Florida Philanthropic Network and is a member of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation-Jacksonville (LISC) advisory committee. She is an alumni member of Leadership Jacksonville, Class of 1993, and Leadership Florida, Class XIV.