I-House NY Board Member Brian Polovoy to Serve as Interim President
NEW YORK (September 3, 2020) – International House, an independent non-profit that enables selected graduate students from around the world and the United States to live and learn together in a challenging and supportive residential community in New York City, announced today that Brian Polovoy will serve as Interim President, effective October 1. Polovoy, an attorney, is a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP and an 11-year member of the International House Board of Trustees, where he has served on the Programs and Resident Life Committee and the Personnel Practices Committee.
Polovoy’s appointment was confirmed by the Board Monday by a unanimous vote.
Polovoy will assume the role of interim president on October 1, as President Calvin Sims steps down after seven years to take a leadership role at a major news media organization, where he will oversee news standards, ethics and procedures across all platforms.
“Brian has been an incredible contributor to International House in his capacity as a Board member, and I believe his deep knowledge of and passion for the organization makes him perfectly suited to step seamlessly into this role,” said Board Chair Frank G. Wisner. “At International House, we have long inspired and cultivated thoughtful, collaborative leadership, and all of us – the Board, Brian, our staff, and the community we serve – are more committed than ever to readying International House to endure through challenging times and be a beacon and a refuge for students in the years ahead.”
“Thousands of students have come through the doors of International House over its 96-year history, looking to learn from others, consider new perspectives, and build lasting relationships with classmates, colleagues, and new friends from around the world,” said Peter O’Neill, chair of the Board’s Executive Committee. “That mission – the shared desire to learn from and value the experiences of others – is one Brian has helped hone and modernize to help International House navigate in a changing world, and his steady, skilled leadership will be a great asset to the organization as its next President.”
“Brian has been an indispensable Trustee, providing valuable advice and mentoring to Staff and Residents,” said Calvin Sims, outgoing I-House President. “He espouses the values and mission of the House, and we are fortunate to have him serve in this vital role during these challenging times.”
“I am looking forward to building on the progress International House has made under Calvin’s leadership,” Polovoy said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has been exceptionally challenging for International House. The staff’s work during the crisis was extraordinary, and I look forward to working with them, our alumni, and our supporters to position ourselves to once again welcome students to I-House from across the globe. This is a remarkable institution with a great legacy and rock-solid foundation. It’s an honor to lead International House and help transition to its next leadership chapter.”
Polovoy is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s litigation practice, where he has practiced law for 28 years. A graduate of Duke University and Georgetown University Law Center, his practice has focused on litigation involving cross-border issues. Polovoy, who also serves on the Board of Directors of The Legal Aid Society, is a widely recognized attorney, whose work has been singled out in The Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation, and Law360, among others.
The Board has established a committee to identify and consider candidates to serve as the next permanent president.
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Founded in 1924 by the Rockefeller and Dodge families, International House is an historic non-profit residence and program center in New York City that promotes cross-cultural exchange annually among 700 graduate students and professional trainees from around the world. I-House Residents represent a broad diversity of academic interests and backgrounds, and its 65,000 Alumni include Nobel Prize winners, heads of state, award-winning authors, musicians and actors, and global CEOs. By instilling core values of Respect, Empathy, and Moral Courage, the I-House Experience helps build the next generation of globally-minded leaders in business, the arts, politics, and all other disciplines. I-House has been designated a landmark institution. Like @IHouseNYC on Facebook, and Follow @IHouseNYC on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.