Ruth Simmons Named One of America’s Best Leaders

Ruth J. Simmons, president of Brown University, was recently selected by U.S. News & World Report as one of the 18 best leaders in America. More than 200 individuals were nominated. The candidates were rated on their ability to inspire others, to communicate positive core values, and to implement innovative strategies. The candidates were also rated as to their success in building a shared sense of purpose and making a positive social impact.

In addition to Dr. Simmons, other individuals chosen as among the nation’s best leaders were California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former Secretary of State James Baker, and Princeton University president Shirley Tilghman.

Other than Ruth Simmons, the only other African American on the list of best leaders was Kenneth Chenault, a graduate of Bowdoin College and Harvard Law School. He is currently the CEO of American Express.