Roland Whitney Betts is an investor, film producer, developer, and owner of Chelsea Piers in New York City. A classmate and DKE (Delta Kappa Epsilon) fraternity brother of George W. Bush, Betts was the lead owner in President Bush?s Texas Rangers partnership.
Betts is the Senior Fellow of the Yale Corporation, an advisory board member of Yale School of Management, and is a Trustee of numerous organizations including: the American Museum of Natural History, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Columbia University Law School, and the National Park Foundation. Mr. Betts has recently been appointed as a Trustee and Treasurer of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
From 2001 to 2005 Betts was one of George Pataki’s appointments to the Board of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. In that capacity, Betts chaired the Site Committee charged with the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site.