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Constance J. Horner

Constance Horner
Member of the Board of Directors of Prudential Financial, Inc., The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Ingersoll-Rand Company Limited, and Pfizer, Inc.

Constance Horner has been a teacher, writer, presidential appointee, foundation trustee, public policy scholar, and corporate director.

Since  the early 1990’s, she has been a member of the board of directors of three public companies: Pfizer, where she has been the Lead Director of the Board  and  Chair  of  its  Governance and Nominating Committee, as well as Prudential Financial and Ingersoll Rand, where she serves on  those boards’ Compensation and Governance Committees.

Prior to her board service, Mrs. Horner served as a presidential appointee in the Administrations of Presidents Reagan and the first President Bush. Over his eight years in office, President Reagan appointed her to several positions: as director  of VISTA, the “domestic peace corps” anti-poverty program;  as  associate  director  of  the Office of Management and Budget, where  she  negotiated  and  approved  the President’s Congressional budget submissions for cabinet departments and regulatory agencies; and as head of the US Office of Personnel Management, the agency which makes policy and administers  programs  for  what  were then over two million workers in the federal workplace.

President George H.W.  Bush appointed Mrs. Horner Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, the number two position in the Department.  Reporting to her in that policy and administrative role were Social Security, federal welfare programs, biomedical and medical research, public health, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Food and Drug Administration.

Following that assignment, Mrs. Horner went to the White House as Assistant to  the President and Director of Presidential Personnel, where she advised President  Bush  on  the selection of appointees to cabinet and sub-cabinet posts,  ambassadorships,  judgeships,  regulatory agencies and commissions, and  other  Presidential  boards  and commissions, as well as approving the appointment  of  political  appointees to his Administration throughout the federal government.

After leaving the White House, Mrs. Horner was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, a public policy organization in Washington, DC, where she wrote and lectured on public organization management reforms. During this time, she also served as a Commissioner on the US Commission on Civil  Rights  and  taught  as  a  visiting  faculty  member  at  Princeton University’s  Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Johns Hopkins University’s Center for the Study of American Government.

Mrs. Horner  has  been  a  member of the Founding Board of Visitors of the Marine  Corps  University in Quantico and of the Defense Advisory Committee on  Women  in  the  Services;  a  Fellow  of the National Academy of Public Administration;  a  trustee  of the Prudential Foundation; and a trustee of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

She graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Chicago.  She has been married for forty-six years to Charles Horner, a former government official and Chinese historian. They have two sons and daughters-in-law and three grandchildren.

After many years in Washington, DC, Mrs. Horner and her husband now reside in Lexington, VA.