Vivian Donnelley

Vivian Donnelley


Vivian Donnelley served on the Center for Humans and Nature’s board of directors from 2008 until her death in 2019. Vivian Donnelley was a board member and Senior Admissions Associate at the Dalton School, an independent, co-educational day school (K-12), founded in 1919 in New York City. Her numerous roles at the Dalton School included: Chair and Co-Author, The Dalton School Ten Year Plan (2007), Executive Committee Vice President (1994 – 2001), Chair of the Educational Policy Committee, and Chair of the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee.

Vivian Donnelley served on the board, both as member and Chair, of Green Chimneys, a pioneer in the field of animal-assisted therapy, serving at-risk youth on its 196-acre farm campus. Vivian Donnelley also served on the boards of the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Land Institute, and the American Museum of Natural History. She was a member of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies’ Leadership Council, and she was an honorary member of the Yale class of ’64.

Vivian Donnelley attended Valparaiso University in Indiana for her undergraduate education where she majored in English literature and drama. Her time at Valparaiso also included an academic year at Lancaster College in England performing Mystery Plays in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral.

  • The Dalton School
    Learn about the philosophy, programs, and community of the Dalton School, where Vivian Donnelley played a number of key leadership roles.
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