“I am forever grateful for the opportunities I received at Princeton,” says Chip Newton, who came to the University from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. “I became a responsible adult in those four years. I learned how to think. What to think was up to me.” He treasures connections with friends from undergraduate days as well as those he has met as an Annual Giving volunteer. “Princeton is a relationship that may start when you are 18, but it is one that never ends,” he says.
As an undergraduate, he majored in economics and played varsity baseball, a three-year letter winner. He also headed the Student Souvenir Agency; working at football and basketball games provided early business experience: “I learned at a young age how to handle inventory and work with staff.” He went on to earn his MBA from Stanford University and to work for many years in private equity in firms in Connecticut and New York City.
Although Newton is “not a scientist, just someone who cares deeply,” he is a member of the Advisory Council of the Princeton Environmental Institute. He and his wife, Elizabeth Smith, have established the PEI Environmental Scholars Program, which supports students in summer research apprenticeships with Princeton faculty members. “I believe in real world experience for undergraduates,” says Newton, “and this is a way in which these students can contribute to solving some of the problems the world faces.”
He is a former participation chair and special gifts committee member for his class, and has been an Alumni-Faculty Forum Reunions panelist. He has also served on the board and is a past president of Princeton Friends of Baseball/Softball.
Newton, now living in St. Petersburg, Florida, with his wife and two teenaged sons, is active in several not-for-profit endeavors. He is treasurer of the National Psoriasis Foundation, based in Portland, Oregon, which focuses on research, advocacy, and education. He is board treasurer and chairs the investment committee of the University of South Florida Foundation in Tampa; he is also guest lecturer at USF in Advanced Security Analysis, as well as a member of the USF College of Business Advisory Council. Recently Newton agreed to chair a capital campaign committee working to benefit the All Children’s Hospital Foundation, of which he is a board member. All Children’s Hospital, which is in St. Petersburg, is now part of Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Health System.
Time not devoted to these causes, or to Princeton, is spent on family skiing trips, and in mentoring youth athletics and coaching Little League baseball.