Parents selected to join McDaniel Board as non-voting visitors

August 19, 2013

Eric Dezenhall and Robert “Robin” Salomon III will join the McDaniel Board of Trustees as parent visitors at the fall meeting in October. Both are parents of current undergraduates enrolled at the college.

“We are thrilled to have parents bring their perspective to our Board meetings and discussions,” said Board chair Martin K.P. Hill, whose daughter graduated from the college in 1993. “Already, both Eric and Robin have been passionate advocates for McDaniel, and this new opportunity will provide them with a deeper understanding for the culture and values of the college.”

Eric Dezenhall co-founded the company that is now Dezenhall Resources, one of the nation’s leading crisis management firms. His areas of focus include hard news media relations, crises and marketplace defense. He manages clients in industries including food, consumer products, entertainment, law enforcement, health care, petroleum and pharmaceuticals. He regularly appears as a damage control expert in the international media and since 2012, teaches a crisis management course to MBA students at Georgetown University.

Dezenhall is the author of eight books, including two non-fiction texts on crisis communications and corporate witch hunts, entitled “Damage Control: How to Get the Upper Hand When Your Business is Under Attack” (Portfolio, 2007) and “Nail 'Em! Confronting High Profile Attacks on Celebrities and Businesses” (Prometheus Books, 1999), both of which have been widely cited in business, media and academic circles.

Before forming Dezenhall Resources, he was an account executive at Porter Novelli, one of the nation’s largest communications firms and served in the White House Office of Communications and Presidential Personnel during the Reagan presidency. Dezenhall is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he studied political science and the news media. He and his wife, Donna, are the parents of Eliza, class of 2015.

Joining Dezenhall on the Board is Robert “Robin” Salomon III, president of Skyline, LLC, a property developer offering affordable housing in New York City and in six states.

Salomon has served as executive assistant for U.S. Senator Al D’Amato (R-NY) and worked as a government relations advisor with a focus on affordable housing issues before Congress and the administration.

As the first president of the Siena School Foundation, Salomon volunteered to build support to fund scholarships for families whose children with language-based learning disabilities could benefit from the educational opportunities provided by this private high school in Silver Spring, Md.

He also volunteers as a board member and treasurer for Glen Echo Park Partnership for the Arts and Culture and board member of the Pyramid Atlantic, a Maryland-based arts nonprofit that empowers artists and educates youth in the process of papermaking, printmaking, book arts and digital media. Salomon graduated from Kenyon College where he earned a B.A. in history. He and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of Ryan, class of 2016.

As official visitors to the Board, both will be assigned to trustee committees, participate in all discussions and formal board meetings, but do not have voting privileges.