Kathleen McCartney


Member Since: 2013

Kathleen McCartney is the 11th president of Smith College. A summa cum laude graduate of Tufts University, she earned master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from Yale University. McCartney was previously dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE)—only the fifth woman dean in Harvard’s history. A signature accomplishment of her tenure was the creation of a three-year doctorate in educational leadership developed in collaboration with the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School. An authority on child development, McCartney’s research has focused on childcare and early childhood experience, education policy, and parenting. She was the recipient in 2009 of the Distinguished Contribution Award from the Society for Research in Child Development. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE) and on the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE) Board of Directors.

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