Diana Chapman Walsh Ph.D

Former president of Wellesley College & Executive Board member of MIT


Diana is President emerita of Wellesley College, leading the college from 1993 through 2007. She currently serves on the governing board of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, sitting on the Corporation and its Executive Committee. She recently completed service on the boards of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, which she chaired, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the Mind and Life Institute. She was a director of the State Street Corporation (1999-2007) and a trustee of Amherst College (1998-2010) and is now a trustee emerita.

She is the recipient of eight honorary doctoral degrees, most recently from Amherst College (2013), Washington University in St. Louis (2014) and Rhodes College (2016). A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Council on the Uncertain Human Future at Clark University, Diana writes, speaks, and consults on higher education and leadership and the crisis of climate change. Before assuming the Wellesley presidency, she was the Norman Professor of Public Health and chair of the department of health and social behavior at Harvard School of Public Health, and, prior to that, Professor of Public Health at Boston University and associate director of its Health Policy Institute. She has published widely on social factors affecting the health of populations.