Dr. Paula A. Johnson is now the 14th President of Wellesley College

Wellesley Names Harvard’s Paula A. Johnson Its 14th President


Dr. Paula A. Johnson is now the 14th President of Wellesley College

Dr. Paula A. Johnson

It is our honor and great pleasure to announce that Paula Johnson, MD, MPH, a professor and faculty member at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has been named the 14thpresident of Wellesley College. Dr. Johnson, an internationally renowned and innovative leader, currently serves as chief of the Division of Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School and Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she founded and is executive director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology. She will be the first African American to serve as president of Wellesley College.

The Wellesley College Board of Trustees, advised by a search committee that included trustees, alumnae, students, faculty, and staff, unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Johnson. The extensive, eight-month search process that led to her selection began when President Bottomly announced that she would step down in the summer of 2016, after serving for nine years.

We hope you will join us for a community gathering this afternoon to meet Dr. Johnson. We will start in Alumnae Hall at 4:10pm for brief remarks, then move downstairs to the ballroom for conversation. (If you are not able to attend in person, please join us online.) To get a head start on introducing her to the Wellesley community, Shivani Kuckreja ’16 and Charlotte Harris ’16, both of whom served on the search committee, spoke with Dr. Johnson at her home last week.

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