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Board of Trustees welcomes Scott Kresge, honors departure of Cynthia Kresge

General Foundation News

The Kresge Foundation today announced that Scott Kresge has joined its Board of Trustees. He is the eighth family representative to serve on the governing body of the private, national foundation created in 1924 by his great-grandfather, Sebastian S. Kresge.

A head shot of Cynthia Kresge
Cynthia Kresge

Scott succeeds his sister Cynthia Kresge, who has served as a trustee since 2013. “During Cynthia’s board tenure, she has enthusiastically endorsed the foundation’s revitalization efforts in Detroit, has taken a deep interest in our approach to improving public health, and was an invaluable resource as the foundation sought to navigate through the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Rip Rapson, Kresge president and CEO. She has also served on and led the board’s Nominating and Governance Committee, whose work includes the appointment of a host of nationally respected trustees in recent years.

Their siblings, Susan Drewes (2007-2013), Katherine Lutey (2003-2009) and Deborah McDowell (1999-2005), previously served as fourth-generation family representatives on the foundation board.

Scott has been a hardware/software test and development engineer in the medical device industry for nearly four decades. During that time, he has worked for the healthcare divisions of Phillips, Agilent Technologies and Hewlett-Packard and has contributed to two medical device patents. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Duke University.

He is an active member of his New Hampshire community, is married, and is the father of two adult sons. He has previously served as a science mentor to both middle school and high school students and has volunteered with Junior Achievement. Scott and his family have also hosted foreign exchange students from Italy and Japan and a child through the Fresh Air Fund.

“For 99 years, Kresge family members have helped guide this foundation while empowering it to evolve with the needs of the times,” said Board Chair Cecilia Muñoz. “We welcome Scott as he continues this tradition in the spirit of our founder’s mission: to promote human progress. And we sincerely thank Cynthia for a decade of service and partnership.”

Per the foundation’s bylaws, Scott will serve an initial 4-year term as a trustee.