Dr. Diana Chapman Walsh

President Emeritus

Focus Areas

Higher Education
Public Health & Safety
Finance / Fundraising / Administration
Environment & Sustainable Development


DIANA CHAPMAN WALSH, Ph.D. currently serves on the governing boards of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (the Corporation and its Executive Committee) and the Kaiser Family Foundation. As a member of the Council on the Uncertain Human Future at Clark University, she focuses much of her time on the challenges of climate change. She recently completed service on the boards of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, which she chaired, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the 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 Phi Beta Kappa, Diana writes, speaks, and consults on higher education and leadership and sustainability issues. Before assuming the Wellesley presidency, she was the Norman Professor of Pubic 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 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.