Outgoing Brown President Ruth Simmons is preparing her final address to the campus community. She’s slated to speak tomorrow at a baccalaureate ceremony as part of Brown’s graduation weekend.
Simmons steps down at the end of June after 11 years as Brown’s president. She’s widely credited with helping the university confront its history in the slave trade and expanding Brown’s faculty despite the economic recession, among other accomplishments.
The first African-American president of an Ivy League University, Simmons was extremely popular with students. She says she plans to stay on as a member of Brown’s faculty in the departments of Comparative Literature and Africana Studies.
Brown’s incoming president, Christina Hull Paxson of Princeton University, takes the reigns on July 1st.