|Ruth J. Simmons|
|18th President of Brown University|
October 14, 2001 â€“ June 30, 2012
|Preceded by||Gordon Gee|
|Succeeded by||Christina Paxson|
|9th president of Smith College|
|Preceded by||Mary Maples Dunn|
|Succeeded by||Carol T. Christ|
|Born||Ruth Jean Stubblefield
July 3, 1945
Grapeland, Texas, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Norbert Alonzo Simmons|
|Children||Khari C. Simmons
Maya A. Simmons
|Residence||Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Dillard University
It's very important in a leadership role not to place your ego at the foreground and not to judge everything in relationship to how your ego is fed.
Probably the first time I was a boss was when I was associate dean of the graduate school at the University of Southern California. I was in my early 30s.
I often say that shareholders should feel very responsible for how responsive corporations are to the public trust.
The committee's work is not about whether or how we should pay reparations. That was never the intent nor will the payment of reparations be the outcome. This is an effort designed to involve the campus community in a discovery of the meaning of our past.
I'm the youngest of 12 children. And although I was the youngest, I tried to organize things in my family. When there were disputes, I tried to mediate.
There is strong mentoring of women in the academy. Corporations appear more willing to resist affirmative action to advance women, and boards and shareholders are more tolerant of this approach.
I'm prepared to fight as hard as I can against unions entering the University on behalf of our students.
If I can give a very substantial injection of humanistic thinking into corporations, boy, that would change things a lot.