Diana Chapman Walsh

Former college president and public health professor, active now with organizations focusing on higher education, health and climate change.

I was president of Wellesley College from 1993 through 2007, after which I accepted invitations to join governing boards of organizations I admired. Currently I'm a trustee of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (where I am a life member of the Corporation and a term member of its Executive Committee), and the Kaiser Family Foundation. I recently completed service on the boards of the Mind and Life Institute, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, which I chaired, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Earlier I was a director of the State Street Corporation (1999-2007) and a trustee of Amherst College (1998-2010), where I continue as a trustee emerita. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Council on the Uncertain Human Future at Clark University, I write, speak, and consult on higher education and leadership and, with increasing urgency on behalf of my beloved grandson and the future of his generation, on the crisis of climate change. As president of Wellesley College (1993-2007) I and my team evolved a distinctive style of reflective leadership rooted in a network of resilient partnerships and anchored in the belief that trustworthy leadership starts from within. My husband, Chris Walsh is a distinguished academic scientist who spent the first half of his career at MIT and the second at Harvard Medical School. He and I lived in Boston for nearly 50 years, where we raised our terrific daughter, Allison, and enjoyed fascinating careers. Three years ago we moved to Redwood City to be near Allison, an academic and clinical oncologist at Stanford University, and her family -- her husband, Thomas Kurian and their delightful and soon to be 9-year-old-son, Sean. We are very happy there and return to Boston frequently to stay close to family and friends on the east coast.
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Happiness When Done Right — part 2

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Happiness When Done Right, part 11

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Happiness When Done Right

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“Still We Resist”

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Some Summer!

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“Packing Anxiety”?

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“Disaster Porn” and Composting

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Why We Should Always Savor Being Alive

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Politics, Medicaid & Sleights of Mind

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Echoes of 9/11 from 11/9

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‘We Are Still In’

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Questions & Solutions

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‘Disaster Porn’ and Composting

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The Contradictions of Wins and Losses

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‘Oh, My Country, My Country.’

by Diana Chapman Walsh

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