Office of the President

Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, President

Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, Interim President
Dr. Ruth J. Simmons

Dr. Ruth Simmons, an accomplished university president with administrative experience in Ivy League schools, a women’s university and a historically black college, has been named President of Prairie View A&M University. Ruth J. Simmons was President of Brown University from 2001-2012. Under her leadership, Brown made significant strides in improving its standing as one of the world’s finest research universities.

A French professor before entering university administration, President Simmons held an appointment as a Professor of Africana Studies at Brown. After completing her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and literatures at Harvard, she served in various faculty and administrative roles at the University of Southern California, Princeton University, and Spelman College before becoming president of Smith College, the largest women’s college in the United States. At Smith, she launched a number of important academic initiatives, including an engineering program, the first at an American women’s college.

Simmons is the recipient of many honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship to France, the 2001 President’s Award from the United Negro College Fund, the 2002 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, the 2004 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal, the Foreign Policy Association Medal, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the Centennial Medal from Harvard University. Simmons is a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the boards of Texas Instruments, Chrysler, Mondelez and Square, as well as a number of non-profit boards. Awarded numerous honorary degrees, she received the Brown Faculty’s highest honor: the Susan Colver Rosenberger Medal in 2011. In 2012, she was named a ‘chevalier’ of the French Legion of Honor.

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Office of the President
P.O. Box 519, MS 1001
Prairie View, TX 77446




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Ruth J. Simmons

Speeches by Ruth J. Simmons

PVAMU General Student Assembly

September 6th, 2017

Alumni Association Convention Remarks

July 21st, 2017

And Still We Must Persist

March 8th, 2018

President’s Cabinet

Yolanda Bevill

Yolanda Bevill

Assistant to the President

Dr. Corey Bradford

Corey S. Bradford

Senior Vice President for Business Affairs

Dr. James M. Palmer

James M. Palmer

Interim Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Ali Fares

Interim Vice President for Research, Innovation & Sponsored Programs

Dr. Michael McFrazier

Michael McFrazier

Vice President for Administration and Interim Dean, Whitlowe R. Green College of Education