Sherry Magill served as President/Executive Director of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, a private grantmaking foundation located in Jacksonville, Florida, from 1993-2018. During her tenure, Magill led the Fund’s court effort to increase the number of the Fund’s trustees and spearheaded development of the Jessie Ball duPont Center, a nationally recognized retrofitting and repurposing of the defunct Haydon Burns Library into a nonprofit and philanthropic center.
Prior to joining the Fund's staff in 1991 as Program Officer for Education, Dr. Magill served as Vice President and Deputy to the President of Washington College, a small private liberal arts college located on Maryland's Eastern Shore. While at Washington College, she taught courses in American Studies and on the American South, and in 1991 was selected by the graduating class to receive the Gold Pentagon Award for outstanding service to the college.
She holds a bachelor's and a master's degree from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in American Studies from Syracuse University. She has served as a senior moderator for the Aspen Institute, and is the founding executive director of the Wye Faculty Seminar, a nationally recognized enrichment program for professors teaching in the nation's small colleges. Dr. Magill holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Jacksonville University, Randolph-Macon College, and Lynchburg college. She is recipient of the 2016 EVE Employment Award and a recipient of the 2018 OneJax Humanitarian Silver Medallion Award.
In addition to having served as chair of the Council on Foundations board, State of Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, the P.A.C.E. Center for Girls state board, and the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center for Girls and Young Women board, Dr. Magill is past president of the Jacksonville Women’s Network board, a past member of the Southeastern Council of Foundations board, the Leadership Jacksonville board, the Southern Education Foundation board, the Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies board, and the Council of Independent Colleges board. She is a founding member and past chair of the Florida Philanthropic Network. Currently, she serves as vice-chair of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation-Jacksonville (LISC) advisory committee and as member of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation and Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center boards. She is an alumni member of Leadership Jacksonville, Class of 1993, and Leadership Florida, Class XIV.