Cecilia Conrad: Managing Director, MacArthur Foundation

To receive an Doctor of Humane Letters degree and deliver the Commencement address at the May 13 graduate Commencement ceremony.

Cecilia Conrad

Cecilia Conrad leads the MacArthur Fellows Program, the MacArthur Awards for Creative and Effective Institutions, and 100&Change, the Foundation’s competition for a single $100 million grant to help solve a critical problem of our time.

Before joining the Foundation in January 2013, Dr. Conrad had a distinguished career as both a professor and an administrator at Pomona College, Claremont, CA. She joined the economics faculty at Pomona College in 1995. She served as Associate Dean of the College (2004-2007), as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College (2009-2012), and as Acting President (Fall 2012). From 2007-2009, she was interim Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at Scripps College.

In 2002, Dr. Conrad was recognized as California's Carnegie Professor of the Year, a prestigious national award that recognizes faculty members for their achievement as undergraduate professors. Her academic research focuses on the effects of race and gender on economic status.

Before joining the faculty at Pomona College, Dr. Conrad served on the faculties of Barnard College and Duke University, as an economist at the Federal Trade Commission and a visiting scholar at The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

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