Peter Salovey named 23rd president of Yale University
Peter Salovey, currently Yale’s provost and the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology, has been named as the University’s 23rd president. His appointment is effective June 30, 2013. He succeeds Richard C. Levin, who assumed the Yale presidency in 1993 and announced his intention to step down earlier this year.
In announcing Salovey’s unanimous selection by the Yale Corporation, the University’s governing board, Senior Corporation Fellow Edward P. Bass noted: “Peter brings a profound understanding of Yale, and great ambitions for advancing the University in the years ahead. The trustees were inspired by Peter’s impeccable integrity and character, and by his unwavering commitment to excellence. These personal qualities, combined with his significant leadership experience, his stature as a scholar, and his deep knowledge of and devotion to Yale, make him the best person to lead Yale well into the 21st century.”
Salovey came to Yale as a graduate student in 1981, and has had three decades of academic and administrative experience at the University. He is the only president in the history of Yale who has served as the chair of an academic department, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, dean of Yale College, and provost. He is also the latest in a series of Yale provosts who have been selected to lead major universities; his immediate three predecessors went on to head Cambridge, MIT, and Oxford.
In his administrative roles, Salovey has been instrumental in academic innovation and reform at Yale. As dean of the Graduate School, he oversaw the expansion of programs, facilities, and leadership for the McDougal Graduate Student Center, and improved support for graduate students. Salovey was also a major contributor to the Committee on Yale College Education, which recommended curricular innovations. As dean of Yale College, he swiftly implemented that committee’s recommendations, providing more international opportunities for undergraduates, launching freshman seminars, enhancing writing intensive courses, and instituting rigorous courses that introduced science topics to non-science majors. With former Graduate School Dean Jon Butler, he led the effort to transform the tenure and appointments process within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, enhancing Yale’s ability to recruit and retain talented early career scholars.
In remarks immediately following the announcement of his appointment, Salovey spoke of his hopes for the future: “To the faculty, students, staff, alumni, and all of the Yale community: I look forward to years of listening to you, being inspired by you, serving you, and collaborating with you to continue to ensure that Yale is a model of higher learning and scholarship, and an inspiration to the world.”