Doctor of Humane Letters
As president of the Rockefeller Foundation, Judith Rodin has reshaped one of the world’s leading philanthropic organizations to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.
Today, under Dr. Rodin’s inspired leadership, the foundation advances innovations to strengthen resilience to risks and ensure more equitable growth around the world.
Dr. Rodin has been a pioneer and innovator throughout her career. Joining the Rockefeller Foundation in 2005, she was its first woman president. As president of the University of Pennsylvania, she was the first woman to lead an Ivy League university. And in the field of research psychology, she was a forerunner in the behavioral-medicine and health-psychology movements.
A widely recognized international leader in academia, science, and development issues, Dr. Rodin has participated in influential global forums, including the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the United Nations General Assembly.
At Penn, Dr. Rodin led the university through a period of significant growth and launched a comprehensive and widely acclaimed neighborhood revitalization project, building new relationships between the university and its surrounding communities.
Formerly the provost of Yale University, where she was a faculty member for twenty-two years, Dr. Rodin is the author of more than two hundred scholarly articles and has received more than sixteen honorary doctorate degrees. She has written or cowritten twelve books, including her most recent, The University and Urban Renewal: Out of the Ivory Tower and Into the Streets (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007). Dr. Rodin has been recognized as one of Crain’s “Most Powerful Women in New York” three years in a row, and as one of Forbes magazine’s “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” in 2011. She was also named to the National Association of Corporate Directors 2011 Directorship 100 in recognition of her work promoting the highest standards of corporate governance.
Dr. Rodin serves on the boards of several leading corporations and nonprofits, including Citigroup, AMR Corporation, Comcast Corporation, the White House Council for Community Solutions, and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her PhD in psychology from Columbia University.