Higher Education in the Information Age

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Judith Rodin, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Judith Rodin is the seventh President of the University of Pennsylvania. Elected by the Board of Trustees on December 16, 1993, she began her duties on July 1, 1994.

The first Penn alumna to be named president of the University, Rodin graduated with honors in 1966 with a B.A. in Psychology. She holds faculty appointments as a Professor of Psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences and as a Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry in the School of Medicine. She returned to Penn after 22 years on the faculty of Yale University, where she was Provost from 1992 through 1994.

Rodin serves on the boards of Electronic Data Systems Corporation, Aetna Life & Casualty Company, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., the Brookings Institution, Catalyst, and the Greater Philadelphia First Corporation. She has been elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. For 10 years, she chaired an international research network studying health and behavior for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Currently, Rodin serves on President Clinton's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology and chairs the Council of Presidents of the Universities Research Association. She served on an independent panel to review security at the White House from 1994-95.

After earning her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1970, Rodin joined the faculty of New York University as an Assistant Professor of Psychology. She moved to Yale in 1972, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1975, named a full Professor of Psychology in 1979, and added the title of Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry in 1985. Prior to her appointment as Yale's provost in 1992, she served two years as Chair of the Department of Psychology and one year as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Renowned for her work on the relationship between psychological and biological processes in human health and behavior, Rodin has published more than 200 articles and chapters in academic publications, and authored or co-authored ten books, most recently Body Traps, which examines the role of physical appearance in the psychological health of women.

Her husband, legal scholar Paul Verkuil, is a past president of the College of William and Mary and the former chief executive officer of the American Automobile Association. They have three children.