At a regular meeting of the Chautauqua Institution board of trustees on May 4, the board elected James A. Pardo Jr. to the position of chairman. Pardo will take office following the Aug. 24 board meeting when current chair George T. Snyder completes his term.
Pardo has been a Chautauqua Institution trustee since 2006, having served during that time as chair of its personnel committee and as a member of its executive committee, nominating and governance committee, architectural review board and the Architectural and Land Use Study Group.
“The Chautauqua experience, while different for all of us, becomes an opportunity to realize and promote the best of human values, the enrichment of life and self-improvement through lifelong learning,” Pardo said. “I look forward to working with my fellow trustees, Tom Becker and the administration to maintain that which is cherished about the Chautauqua experience while, at the same time, ensuring that this place remains relevant and attractive to a new generation of Chautauquans.”
Chairman George Snyder, who will conclude his third two-year term at the August meeting, said, “I am very happy to leave the Institution’s board of trustees in such capable hands. I greatly appreciated having the opportunity to spend time with Bill Clinger in advance of my assumption of duties as board chair, and I look forward to assisting Jim in the same manner.”
Pardo retired from the firm of King & Spalding and from the practice of law on Dec. 31, 2012. At the time of his retirement, he was the senior partner in, and a member of, the firm’s financial restructuring practice group. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia, Pardo received his B.A. with honors in economics in 1975 and his J.D. in 1979.
Pardo and his family first came to Chautauqua Institution in 1991. He and his wife, Mary, live in Atlanta, and have a home at Chautauqua on Root Avenue. They have two children, Claire and Grace.