Interim President Joy Connolly Named President of the American Council of Learned Societies

Joy Connolly
Graduate Center Interim President Joy Connolly 

In a message shared this morning with The Graduate Center community, Interim President Joy Connolly announced that she has been appointed as president of The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), effective July 1.

“Based here in New York, ACLS is best known for its support of scholars in the humanities and social sciences, which this year totaled $25 million in fellowships and research funding,” Connolly wrote. “As president, I will work with the 75 member organizations … to advocate energetically for our fields of study and to tackle major challenges, including the decline in humanities enrollments and the aggressive devaluing of scholarship in the public sphere.”

Connolly will serve as The Graduate Center’s interim president through the end of June. She wrote, “Excited as I am to take on this post … I am frankly sorry to leave The Graduate Center. It’s a unique and marvelous place.”

"I offer my warmest congratulations to Interim President Joy Connolly on her exciting new role as president of the American Council of Learned Societies, said CUNY Interim Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz. "She has brought passion and innovation to The Graduate Center in her role as provost and senior vice president and will continue to do so as interim president over the next semester.” 

Connolly began her service as interim president of The Graduate Center in December 2018. A distinguished professor of classics, she joined The Graduate Center as its provost and senior vice president in August 2016. As provost, Connolly doubled the number of master’s programs offered by The Graduate Center. With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, she established an ambitious initiative to transform doctoral education through an emphasis on public-facing scholarship and enhanced post-graduate opportunities. Committed to hiring diverse faculty and recruiting a diverse student body, she has also initiated an effort to improve students’ experience by increasing staff in student services, offering support in quantitative skills and methods, and establishing best practices in doctoral mentoring.

In releasing the news, ACLS quoted its board chairman William C. Kirby: “In choosing the president to lead ACLS into its second century, we sought a scholar and leader who would speak to how the humanities matter urgently for humanity, linking our past with the present, guiding us toward our shared future. In Joy Connolly, we have found not only a scholar of the first rank who has led important institutions of higher learning but also someone — to use her words — who grasps ‘the complex processes involved in making the judgments we make as citizens.’”

Read Connolly’s letter to The Graduate Center community.

Read the ACLS press release.

Submitted on: JAN 29, 2019

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