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Academy Inductee

President Valerie Smith was elected this spring to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, joining the illustrious ranks of one of the nation’s oldest scholarly societies.

“I’m deeply honored to accept this invitation to an organization that is committed to the work of strengthening the global community,” says Smith. “It is both humbling and exciting to be a part of this esteemed interdisciplinary group that is working tirelessly to advance our world and is unafraid to take on its greatest challenges.”

Established in 1780, the Academy is a center for creative thinkers from every field and profession, including more than 250 Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners. It honors excellence in scholarship and innovation, and connects leaders from around the world to explore society’s challenges, identify solutions, and promote nonpartisan recommendations that advance the public good.