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Dr. Ruth Simmons


Dr. Ruth Simmons (1945 – ) was the first African American woman to become a college president at an Ivy League school. She served as president at Brown University in Rhode Island from 2001 – 2012.  She also made history in 1995 when she became president of Smith College. Simmons lead efforts to improve academic programs at both institutions including the launch of an engineering school and Smith College.
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