Diana Chapman Walsh
president, Wellesley College
Walsh, 61, is Wellesley's twelfth president, a position she assumed on October 1, 1993. She is the fourth alumna to head Wellesley, the nation's leading college for women. Under her leadership, the College has undertaken a number of new initiatives, including a revision of the curriculum, expanded programs in global education, expanded experiential and service learning opportunities and new interdisciplinary programs, including environmental sciences, neuroscience, and computer sciences. During Walsh's presidency, several new facilities have been constructed, including the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center, the Knapp Media and Technology Center, the Knapp Social Science Center and the Newhouse Center for the Humanities. Walsh is a 1966 graduate of Wellesley, where she majored in English. At Boston University, she earned an M.S. degree in journalism (1971) and a Ph.D. in health policy from the University Professors Program (1983). She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and currently serves on the boards of Amherst College and the State Street Corporation.