John Jay Iselin

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John Jay Iselin (December 8, 1933 in Greenville, South Carolina - May 6, 2008 New York City[1]), great-great-great-great-grandson of John Jay,[2] was president of the Marconi fellowship foundation at Columbia University.[3] He was also an adjunct faculty member of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[4]

Iselin was a graduate of St. Mark's School, and Harvard, where he served as Managing Editor[5] of the Crimson. In 1959, he was selected as a Marshall Scholar, and in 2001 became founding Chairman of the New York Marshall Committee.[6]

Until 2000, Iselin served as President of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Before that he served as president of WNET.


  1. ^ "Obituary: John Jay Iselin". The Greenville News. Retrieved 2008-12-05. Memorial Service ... 11 a.m. on May 29, 2008, in the Great Hall of the Cooper Union 
  2. ^ Fred Knubel, Columbia Celebrates 250th Birthday of John Jay, Class of 1764 Conference, Exhibits Mark Contributions of a Founder
  3. ^ Suzanne Trimel, Columbia University Record John Jay Iselin Named President of Marconi Foundation; Reception Honors Fellows (October 2, 2000) 26 (05)
  4. ^ John Jay Iselin Adjunct Faculty The Graduate School of Journalism
  5. ^ Pope, John (Spring 2008). "John Jay Iselin, Crimed". Television Quarterly (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) 3: pp. 82–84.  John Jay Iselin, Crimed
  6. ^ Raymond, Ray. "John Jay Iselin CBE Former Chairman of the New York Selection Committee". Retrieved 2008-12-05. In 2001, Jay became the founding Chairman of the New York Marshall Committee. In that role, he was a steadfast beacon of civility, graciousness, fairness and wisdom. 
Preceded by
Bill N. Lacy
President of Cooper Union
Succeeded by
George Campbell Jr.