Robert W. Briggs
Robert W. Briggs became a Knight Foundation trustee in June 2002. He was elected vice chair in September 2005 and chair in March 2010. He is an ex-officio member of all committees and chairs the Nominating Committee.
Briggs is chairman emeritus and former CEO of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC, an Ohio law firm. He has worked for the firm since 1971 and specializes in corporate, business and foundation matters. He began his law career as a staff judge advocate for the U.S. Air Force.
Briggs serves on the board of directors of FirstMerit Corp. and several other for-profit companies. He is the past president of the GAR Foundation.
An active member of the Akron community, Briggs is involved with several regional organizations. He is chairman of the board of Invent Now (formerly the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation). The founding chair of the Fund For Our Economic Future, he continues to participate in the organization, which is an unprecedented collaboration created by more than 80 funders in Northeast Ohio to focus on regional economic development.
Briggs has received honorary doctorates from the University of Akron and Baldwin Wallace University; the Distinguished Service Award from the Akron Community Foundation; the Norman Cohn Hope Award from the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society; the Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award; the Honorary Alumni Award from the University of Akron; the Community Service Award from both the Great Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Rotary Club of Northwest Summit; the first Team NEO H. Peter Burg Regional Vision Award; the Northeast Ohio Regional Leadership Taskforce 2006 Regional Vision Award; and the Sir Thomas More Award from the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation and the Akron Bar Association.
Briggs earned a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and a Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He lives in Canfield, Ohio, with his fiancée, Alyssa Lenhoff, and her two children. He has two sons, a daughter and five grandchildren.