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Diana Chapman Walsh

Diana Chapman Walsh was the twelfth president of Wellesley College and is a recognized leader in higher education. Her presidency, from 1993-2007, was marked by educational innovation, including a revision of the curriculum and expanded programs in global education, the humanities, internships and service learning, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, and religious and spiritual life.

Dr. Walsh currently serves on the governing boards of the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (and its executive committee). Her recent board service includes the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the inaugural board of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (which she chaired), and the Mind and Life Institute. Prior to the Wellesley presidency, Dr. Walsh was Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Stuart Norman Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she chaired the Department of Health and Social Behavior. Before Harvard, she was a University Professor at Boston University and Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Public Health.

She has published and spoken widely on public health and higher education, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Innovation in Global Health's Climate Change and Health Initiative.