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Posted 04/19/07 • Roland Adams (603) 646-3661
Biographical background on 2007 Dartmouth honorary degree recipients
Since March 2005, Dr. Judith Rodin has served as president of the Rockefeller Foundation, an institution established in 1913 by John D. Rockefeller, Sr., to "promote the well-being" of humanity by addressing the root causes of serious problems. Under Rodin's leadership, the Foundation has pursued this mission within the United States and around the world, working to expand opportunities for poor or vulnerable people and helping to ensure that globalization's benefits are more widely shared.
A native of Philadelphia, Rodin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to receive her Ph.D. from Columbia University. A pioneer in the behavioral medicine movement, she taught at New York University before joining the faculty at Yale. Rodin remained on the Yale faculty for 22 years and was ultimately appointed provost. In 1994, Rodin was named president of the University of Pennsylvania, making her the first woman to serve as president of an Ivy League institution.
During her decade of leadership, Penn doubled its research funding and tripled both its annual fundraising and the size of its endowment. The university attracted record numbers of undergraduate applicants and launched a comprehensive, award-winning and internationally acclaimed neighborhood revitalization program. As Penn's president, Rodin also helped found and lead many local and regional organizations that have worked to define innovation and collaboration, among them the Regional College & University Presidents Council, Innovation Philadelphia, and the Knowledge Industry Partnership.
Rodin serves on a number of leading non-profit boards, as well as on the boards of AMR Corporation, Citigroup, and Comcast Corporation. She is the author of more than 200 academic articles and chapters and has written or co-written eleven books. She served on President Clinton's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. A member of a number of leading academic societies, including the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, she has received thirteen honorary doctorate degrees.
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