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Commission Leadership

Leslie C. Berlowitz

Leslie C. Berlowitz is President and the William T. Golden Chair of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is responsible for the intellectual vision and day-to-day management of the Academy and oversees its five research areas: science and technology policy; global security; social policy and American institutions; the humanities and culture; and education.

During her tenure, Berlowitz has greatly expanded the scope and size of the Academy's research programs, increased the number of publications, and established new collaborative relationships with other leading intellectual institutions through joint programming, events, and publications. Her major accomplishments include: the establishment of the Academy's Initiative for the Humanities and Culture; creation of residential fellowship programs for young scholars, including the Visiting Scholars Program and the Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy; and initiating an archival program to conserve, catalog, and improve access to the Academy's records for the first time in its 230-year history. She also created a network of more than 50 University Affiliates to work with the Academy on issues vital to the higher education community.

Before joining the Academy in 1996, Berlowitz was Vice President at New York University, where she was the senior officer responsible for academic affairs, responsible for academic policy formulation, planning, and major new institutional initiatives.

She is the coeditor of several books and journals, including Reflecting on the Humanities, Daedalus, (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2009), with Patricia Meyer Spacks; Restoring Trust in American Business (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2005), with Jay W. Lorsch and Andy Zelleke; America in Theory (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988), with Denis Donoghue and Louis Menand; and Greenwich Village: Culture and Counterculture (New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1990) with Richard Eric Beard.

She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy in 2004.

Richard H. Brodhead

Richard H. Brodhead is President of Duke University, where he also serves as Professor of English. He is a distinguished scholar in nineteenth-century American literature and a national leader in higher education.

Since arriving at Duke in 2004, Brodhead has ensured that the students and faculty who comprise Duke's vibrant intellectual community are engaged both locally and globally. He has enriched undergraduate education, working to unify Duke's academic opportunities with the residential experience. Committed to safeguarding access to higher education, Brodhead led the expansion of Duke's financial aid endowment to ensure that admitted students can afford to attend regardless of their financial circumstances. Under his leadership Duke established the Duke Global Health Institute, an interdisciplinary center that works to translate research findings to address health care inequities and improve the health of people around the world. He also launched the signature program DukeEngage, which gives Duke undergraduates the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge in service to society, either in the U.S. or around the world. Brodhead has made globalization a major strategic priority for the University, overseeing the creation of the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School as a joint venture with the National University of Singapore and forging a partnership for a new campus with the Municipality of Kunshan in China. Closer to home, Brodhead is a champion of the relationship between Duke University and the City of Durham. Under his leadership, Duke's investments have strengthened K-12 public education, funded several new community health clinics, and spurred downtown renewal and neighborhood revitalization through the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership. He is also involved in shaping the future strategic direction of the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina.

Nationally, Brodhead is a leader in education issues through a number of organizations. He serves as a trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, working for the advancement of education and knowledge as well as international peace and democracy. He held a Presidential appointment to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which is engaged with issues of international education and cross-cultural exchange. Brodhead also serves on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Security Higher Education Advisory Board.

Prior to coming to Duke, Brodhead had a 32-year career at Yale University, where he began as a student and became a beloved teacher, respected scholar and dean. Born in Dayton, Ohio, Brodhead graduated from Yale in 1968 and received his Ph.D. there in 1972. He then joined the Yale faculty, where he served as the A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of English and American Studies. Brodhead has written or edited more than a dozen books on American literature, analyzing the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, William Faulkner, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louisa May Alcott, Richard Wright and Eudora Welty. Brodhead researched and edited the pioneering edition of the diaries of Charles W. Chestnutt, the leading African-American author of the post-Civil War generation. His scholarly work has been honored by election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A devoted teacher, Brodhead won the DeVane Medal for outstanding teaching at Yale and spent eight summers teaching high school teachers at the Bread Loaf School at Middlebury, Vermont. He has lectured widely in universities in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

After serving as chair of Yale's Department of English for six years, Brodhead was named dean of Yale College in 1993 and served in the post for 11 years until he assumed Duke's presidency. As dean, he undertook a major revision of the Yale undergraduate curriculum. His writings as dean are collected in The Good of This Place: Values and Challenges in College Education.

Brodhead was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in May 2006 and received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing in June 2006; this was only the ninth honorary degree to be awarded to a non-Chinese person at Tsinghua, the second to a foreign university leader, and the first to a humanist. He also received a Doctor of Humanities honorary degree from Fisk University in May 2007.

John W. Rowe

John W. Rowe is Chairman Emeritus of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation, one of the nation's largest electric utilities. Its retail affiliates serve 5.4 million customers in Illinois and Pennsylvania, and its generation affiliate operates the largest fleet of nuclear power plants in the nation.

Rowe is the senior chief executive in the utility industry, having served in such positions since 1984. Rowe has led Exelon since its formation in 2000 through the merger of PECO Energy and the parent of Commonwealth Edison. Rowe previously held chief executive officer positions at the New England Electric System and Central Maine Power Company, served as general counsel of Consolidated Rail Corporation, and was a partner in the law firm of Isham, Lincoln & Beale. Rowe is the past chairman of the Nuclear Energy Institute and the Edison Electric Institute. He was co-chairman of the National Commission on Energy Policy and serves on the Secretary of Energy's Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, a panel to provide recommendations on managing used nuclear fuel and waste. He is the lead independent director of the Northern Trust Company and a member of the boards of directors of Sunoco and UChicago Argonne LLC. In both 2008 and 2009, Institutional Investor named Rowe the best electric utility CEO in America.

Civic and Charitable Commitment:
Rowe is committed to a wide variety of civic activities, with a focus on education and diversity. He serves as chairman of the Illinois Institute of Technology and president of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. He is a former chairman of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Chicago History Museum. He is a member of the boards of the Field Museum, the Illinois Holocaust Museum, and the Morgridge Institute for Research. Rowe and his wife, Jeanne, established the Rowe Family Charitable Trust. The Rowes and the Family Trust have founded the Rowe Professorship of Architecture and the Rowe Chair in Sustainable Energy at IIT, the Rowe Professorship in Byzantine History and the Rowe Professorship in Greek History at the University of Wisconsin, the Rowe Professorship in Virology at the Morgridge Institute and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and the Curator of Evolutionary Biology at the Field Museum. The Trust co-founded the Rowe-Clark Math and Science Academy and the Rowe Elementary School. The Rowes serve as patrons of the Pope John Paul II parochial school on Chicago's southwest side. Rowe is chairman of the Renaissance Schools Fund, a nonprofit organization formed to fund charter schools in the City of Chicago, and serves on the board of the Northwestern Settlement House.

Awards and Recognition:
Rowe has been widely recognized for his civic and professional leadership. Recent awards include the Misericordia Heart of Mercy Award (2010), the Edison Electric Institute Distinguished Leadership Award (2009), election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2009), the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Leadership Award (2009), the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce's Daniel H. Burnham Award for Business and Civic Leadership (2008), the Junior Achievement's Chicago Business Hall of Fame (2008), Illinois Holocaust Museum's Humanitarian award (2008), Civic Federation of Chicago's Lyman Gage Award for Outstanding Civic Leadership (2008), the National Latino Education Institute Corporate Leadership Award (2008), University of Arizona's Executive of the Year Award (2007), the Union League of Philadelphia's Founder's Award for Business Leadership (2005), the American Jewish Committee's Civic Leadership Award (2004), El Valor's Corporate Visionary Award (2003), the City Club of Chicago's Citizen of the Year Award (2002), and the Anti-Defamation League's World of Difference Award (2000).