Ruth Simmons is the 18th president of Brown University and first black president of an Ivy League institution. According to a January 2007 poll by the Brown Daily Herald, Simmons enjoys a more than 80% approval rating among Brown undergraduates.
In 2001, “Time” named Simmons as America’s best college president, while in 2002, Newsweek selected her as a Ms. Woman of the Year. Prior to her presidential post at Brown, Simmons was president of Smith College from 1995 to 2001 (the first African-American woman to head a top ranked college or university. Simmons also serves on the boards of Texas Instruments, Pfizer Inc., and Goldman Sachs.