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Nevels is known as well for his efforts to improve the quality of Philadelphia public schools. In 2002, he was named as permanent Chair of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission by Gov. Mark Schweiker for a term to extend through January 2009. Previously, Nevels served as acting Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia School District, overseeing 220,000 students, 15,000 teachers and a budget in excess of $1.7 billion.
Nevels serves on the board of Berea College. In addition, he serves as a Director of The Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities and is a member of the Investment and Educational Policy Committees. He has served as a Board member of the Philadelphia Health & Education Corporation and the State Employees Retirement System of Pennsylvania, and previously as a trustee of his alma mater, Bucknell University and as a Director of the Delaware County Community College Foundation.
ROBERT M. POTAMKIN L’70 has a diverse portfolio of business interests. He is the Chairman and CEO of Potamkin Companies, a leading privately held consolidator of automobile dealerships. The company has more than 60 franchises at 30 locations in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Illinois, Iowa, Texas and California. He also invests in real estate and media.
A recipient of the 2003 Alumni Award of Merit, he established the Potamkin Scholarship in Honor of A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. The scholarship provides financial support to minority law students of exceptional promise or to students interested in civil rights. Potamkin clerked for Judge Higginbotham of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge Higginbotham was an adjunct professor at Penn Law from 1970 to 1993, and served as Chair of the Law School’s Board of Overseers and Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania.
Potamkin supports several charities. He is co-founder of the Potamkin Prize for Alzheimer’s Research; he and his wife Lexie are also members of the United Way Million Dollar Roundtable.