Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Three New Trustees Elected to the Manhattanville College Board

The three newest elected Board of Trustee members are as follows: Mary Cooper '69, Kerry Anne Piercy (Morgan Stanley), and Kathryn (Kitty) Pilgrim '76.

Trustee Mary Cooper '69

Mary CooperMary Cooper has worked in Human Resources and has consulted in Human Resources Development for the majority of her career. Currently retired and working as a consultant, previously Copper worked for Addison Wesley Longman, Argonaut Technologies and Genentech. She has been a member of the Manhattanville College President's Advisory Council since 2010 and has stayed connected to Manhattanville because of her belief in honoring the formative experiences in her life, which include her Manhattanville education. Cooper is partially responsible for the strong turnout from the Class of 1969 in 2009.


Trustee Kerry Anne Piercy

Kerry PiercyKerry Piercy re-joined Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (MSSB) in 2010 as Diversity Director and a member of the MSSB Management Committee. She is responsible for the firm's diversity strategy both internally and externally, as well as program design, development and implementation. MSSB provides brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, credit and lending, cash management, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services. It is recognized as one of the industry's premier global wealth management firms.

From 2006 to 2010, Kerry served as Chief Human Resources Officer for CUNA Mutual Group. She reported directly to the CEO, and served as staff liaison to Board of Directors and the Compensation Committee of the Board. From 1999 to 2006, she was with Morgan Stanley as Vice President of Human Resources at Discover Financial Services. She also held several senior Human Resource roles within Morgan Stanley's Global Wealth Management Group, and served in Human Resources leadership roles at Citibank, PepsiCo, and Ford Motor Company. Earlier in her career she worked for the State of Michigan as both a legislative aide and Employee Relations Assistant.


Trustee Kathryn (Kitty) Pilgrim '76

Kitty thumb copyKitty Pilgrim is a world-renowned, award-winning former CNN journalist and an author of popular fiction. She worked as a New York–based reporter and anchor at the CNN global network for 24 years reaching both domestic and international audiences. In addition Pilgrim hosted a variety of shows including her own morning show "Early Edition," and "Lou Dobbs Tonight."

She has had extensive experience reporting on terrorism and was part of the CNN team that worked to broadcast continuously from New York during the 9-11 attack. Also Pilgrim was the lead correspondent for domestic terrorism reporting in the Southeast Bureau of CNN during the Birmingham, Alabama abortion clinic bombing in 1998, and subsequent hunt for fugitive Eric Rudolph.

In January 2000, Pilgrim was elected to the Council on Foreign Relations and was an active participant in the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs Roundtable on Foreign Policy. She is a full member of the historic Explorer's Club of New York City, an organization dedicated to the advancement of field research. Using her reporting skills and knowledge of international affairs, Pilgrim writes romantic thrillers with an international flavor. In 2010, Pilgrim signed a two-book deal with New York publisher Charles Scribner's Sons.