She is also the first African American woman to lead any major university in the United States. Ruth Simmons was born in in Grapeland, Texas, the youngest of twelve children in a family of sharecroppers. Later in her life, when her family moved to Houston, her father worked in a factory and her mother worked as a maid.
Her paternal grandfather descends partly from the Benza and Kota peopleslaves from Gabon  while her maternal line is traced back to the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean  who were enslaved by the Spaniards.
She earned her bachelor's degree, on scholarship, from Dillard Ruth simmons in New OrleansLouisianain She went on to earn her master's and doctorate in Romance literature from Harvard University in andrespectively.
Simmons served as provost at Spelman College from to and returned to Princeton as its vice provost from to As president of Smith College, Simmons started the first engineering program in a U. The Campaign for Academic Enrichment in order to enhance Brown's academic programs.
Informer Brown student Sidney E. The Frank gifts were principally devoted to scholarship assistance to Brown students and to Brown's programs in the sciences. As reported in a May 22,press release, Brown chancellor Thomas J. Nevertheless, a New York Times article, featuring a Ruth simmons of Simmons, reported that the Harvard Corporationresponsible for selecting the university's replacement for former president Lawrence Summershad been given a list of "potential candidates" that included her name.
Please remove or replace such wording and instead of making proclamations about a subject's importance, use facts and attribution to demonstrate that importance. September As the wealth that the founding Brown family contributed to the university was based in part on the triangular slave tradeinSimmons established the University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice to examine this complex history and make recommendations for how the university might approach the relevant issues.
On February 16,at an event celebrating the year anniversary of the passage of the Slave Trade Act of and the involvement of Cambridge University alumni William WilberforceThomas Clarkson and William Pitt the YoungerSimmons delivered a lecture at St.
Slavery and Justice in Rhode Island. The bicentenary of the British abolition of the slave trade was also commemorated at Oxford Universitynotably at Rhodes House. Kennedythe former Manley O. In addition to supporting the leadership of the Watson Institute for International Studiesthe new university officer will lead a multidisciplinary advanced research project in the field of global law, governance and social thought to strengthen the University's international work in the social sciences.
The Brown Institutes provide exciting opportunities to encounter new ideas, build collegiate relationships and enrich faculty development for young scholars and teachers from around the world".
She announced in that she would not seek re-election to the board of directors of Pfizer after serving on the board for 10 years.
Inshe was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for her many humanitarian efforts. Honoris causa degrees[ edit ] This section of a biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources.
Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful.PRAIRIE VIEW--The applause was thunderous and the cheers loud as Ruth Simmons strolled to the stage Friday in Panther Stadium to be sworn in as the eighth president at Prairie View A&M University.
Bayougraphy. Ruth Simmons Is the Leader Prairie View A&M Has Been Waiting For When you know as much as she does, it’s hard to retire.
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