Kathleen McCartney

11th President of Smith College


Kathleen McCartney is the 11th president of Smith College. A summa cum laude graduate of Tufts University, she earned master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from Yale University. Prior to Smith, McCartney was dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education—only the fifth woman dean in Harvard’s history. McCartney has conducted research on childcare and early childhood experience, education policy and parenting. She is the author of nine volumes and more than 160 journal articles and book chapters. McCartney is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. She has served on the boards of a number of non-profits, including the American Council on Education, the Consortium on Financing Higher Education and Bellwether Education Partners. The Boston Globe named her one of the 30 most innovative people in Massachusetts in 2011; she received the Harvard College Women’s Professional Achievement Award in 2013; and the Boston Business Journal named her one of its Women of Influence in 2016

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The Thrive Questionnaire//

Smith College President Kathleen McCartney on How She Course-Corrects From Stress

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Why Gen Z Activists Are the Leaders of Tomorrow

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How Five Simple Questions Showed Me My Passion for Nature

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