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Vartan  Gregorian, Ph.D.
Director; President, Carnegie Corporation

Vartan Gregorian, Ph.D. has been a CTI director since December 2001. He is the twelfth president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, a grant-making institution founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1911. Prior to his current position, which he assumed in June 1997, Gregorian served for nine years as Brown University’s sixteenth president.

He was awarded a Ph.D. in history and humanities from Stanford University. He was founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania in 1974 and four years later became its twenty-third provost. He served as president of the New York Public Library from 1981 to 1989, when he left to become president of Brown.

A Phi Beta Kappa and a Ford Foundation Foreign Area Training Fellow, he is a recipient of numerous fellowships, including those from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council and the American Philosophical Society.

His numerous civic and academic honors include some fifty honorary degrees, including those from Brown, Dartmouth, Drew, Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the City University of New York, Rutgers, Tufts, New York University, University of Aberdeen, The Juilliard School, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Notre Dame University, and most recently, The University of Southern California and Carnegie Mellon University. In 1986 Gregorian was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and in 1989 the American Academy and the Institute of Arts and Letters’ Gold Medal for Service to the Arts. In 1998 President Clinton awarded him the National Humanities Medal, and in 2004 President Bush presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.