Certification Program for Compassionate Systems Master Practitioners:
Class of 2023-24
D. Chapman Walsh
Diana Chapman Walsh | Ph.D.

Diana Chapman Walsh, Ph.D. is president emerita of Wellesley College. She recently completed active service on the governing boards of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (the Corporation and its Executive Committee), where she remains a Life Member emerita (2007-), the Kaiser Family Foundation (2008-18), and the Mind & Life Institute (2012-16).

She also served on the boards of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (2009-15), which she chaired, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (2008-14). She was a director of the State Street Corporation (1999-2007) and a trustee of Amherst College (1998-2010) and is a trustee emerita. She is the recipient of seven honorary doctoral degrees, most recently from Amherst College (2013) and Washington University in St. Louis (2014).

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. 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. She published widely on social factors affecting the health of populations.

As president of Wellesley College (1993-2007) Diana evolved a distinctive style of reflective leadership rooted in a network of resilient partnerships and anchored in the belief that trustworthy leadership starts from within.