M.D. Anderson Foundation’s Presidency Transitions from Hall to Crownover

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M.D. Anderson Foundation’s Presidency Transitions from Hall to Crownover

The M.D. Anderson Foundation announced today that it has elected James W. Crownover as President of the Foundation. Charles W. Hall, who previously held the position, chose to step down but will remain on the board. This succession in leadership formally took place at an M.D. Anderson Foundation board meeting on Tuesday, January 18.

Crownover has long been associated with McKinsey & Company, Rice University, the United Way and the Houston Grand Opera. Hall is a decades-long leader of Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright), a distinguished global tax expert, a leader in the Texas Medical Center and several charitable foundations and also active in the Episcopal church.

Uriel E. Dutton (longtime general counsel with Norton Rose Fulbright) and M. Carter Crow (current head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Houston Office) were also reelected to complete the four-person board.

Monroe Dunaway Anderson established the Foundation in 1936, collaborating with two Fulbright & Jaworski lawyers, William B. Bates and John H. Freeman. The original charter was broad, encompassing health care, education, improvement in working environments and living conditions, education, and advancement. But, the Foundation chose initially to focus on health care.

Hall reflected that “the Foundation had an astounding first decade, playing a major role in creating the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, securing and providing the land and related funding for the establishment of the Texas Medical Center, and making it possible for Baylor College of Medicine to relocate from Dallas to the new TMC.” Hall added “these three outstanding institutions could have located anywhere in Texas, but they ended up in Houston, thanks in great part to those individuals.”

Crownover praised Hall and the Foundation’s unique history, stating “All of Houston recognizes Charles for his leadership over the last 35 years at the Foundation. After the initial focus on health care, he helped move the Foundation toward its original broad charter. I look forward to working with Charles and my other colleagues from Norton Rose Fulbright to continue impacting Houston by supporting selectively important institutions and critical projects in the fields of medicine, the arts, education and health and human services.”

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