|Ruth J. Simmons|
Ruth J. Simmons at Brown University's 239th Commencement on May 27, 2007
|18th President of Brown University|
|Term||2001 – present|
|Alma mater||Dillard University|
Dr. Brown University is a highly esteemed private University located in Providence, Rhode Island and is a member of the Ivy League. Events 927 - Simeon the Great, Tsar of Bulgaria, dies 1120 - Richard III of Capua is anointed Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Brown University is a highly esteemed private University located in Providence, Rhode Island and is a member of the Ivy League. Elwood Gordon Gee (born February 2, 1944) is an American academic Grapeland is a city in Houston County, Texas, United States. The population was 1451 at the 2000 census Dillard University is a private historically black Liberal arts college in New Orleans Louisiana. Ruth J. Simmons (born 1945 in Grapeland, Texas), is the 18th president of Brown University and first black president of an Ivy League institution. Year 1945 ( MCMXLV) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar Grapeland is a city in Houston County, Texas, United States. The population was 1451 at the 2000 census Brown University is a highly esteemed private University located in Providence, Rhode Island and is a member of the Ivy League. The Ivy League is an Athletic conference comprising eight private institutions of higher education in the Northeastern United States. According to a January 2007 poll by the Brown Daily Herald, Simmons enjoys a more than 80% approval rating among Brown undergraduates. The Brown Daily Herald is the Student newspaper of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Simmons holds appointments as a professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature and Africana Studies. In 2002, Newsweek selected her as a Ms. Newsweek is an American weekly Newsmagazine published in New York City. Woman of the Year, while in 2001, Time named her as America's best college president. Time (trademarked in capitals as TIME) is a weekly American Newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and She graduated from Dillard University, B. Dillard University is a private historically black Liberal arts college in New Orleans Louisiana. A. 1967 in New Orleans and received her doctorate in Romance Literature from Harvard University, A. New Orleans (nʲuːˈɔrliənz nʲuːˈɔrlənz French: La Nouvelle-Orléans) is a major United States port city and the largest city in Louisiana M. 1970; PhD 1973. She was a professor of Romance Languages and became a dean at Princeton University, 1983-1990, became first African-American woman to head a top ranked college or university as president of Smith College (from 1995 to 2001), and ultimately president of Brown in 2001. Princeton University is a private Coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey. Smith College is a private, independent women's liberal arts college located in Northampton Massachusetts.
Simmons started the engineering program at Smith. At Brown, she has launched an ambitious $1. 4 billion initiative known as the Campaign for Academic Enrichment in order to enhance Brown’s academic programs.
In a 2006 orientation meeting with parents, Simmons denied interest in the presidency of Harvard University, which at the time was headed by an interim president, Derek Bok. Derek Curtis Bok (born March 22, 1930) is an American lawyer and educator and the former president of Harvard University. Nevertheless, a 2007 New York Times article, featuring a photograph of Simmons, reported that the Harvard Corporation, responsible for selecting the University's replacement for former president Lawrence Summers had been given a list of "potential candidates" that included her name. The President and Fellows of Harvard College (also known as the Harvard Corporation) is the more fundamental of Harvard University 's two governing boards Lawrence Henry "Larry" Summers (born November 30, 1954) is an American Economist and academic 
Simmons also serves on the boards of Texas Instruments and Goldman Sachs. Texas Instruments ( better known in the electronics industry (and popularly as TI, is an American company based in Dallas, Texas, USA The Goldman Sachs Group Inc, or simply Goldman Sachs ( is a large global Bank holding company that engages in Investment banking securities She announced in 2007 that she would not seek re-election to the board of directors Pfizer, Inc. after serving on the board for 10 years. Pfizer Incorporated ( is a major Pharmaceutical company, which ranks number one in the world in sales 
|President of Brown University|
2001 – present
Mary Maples Dunn
|President of Smith College|
1995 – 2001