The ARTstor Board of Trustees announced the appointment of two new members: Michele Tolela Myers, president of Sarah Lawrence College and Kwame Anthony Appiah, the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University.
Michele Tolela Myers has served as president of Sarah Lawrence College since 1998. Previously, Dr. Myers served as president of Denison University for nine years where she improved the university’s academic programs and standing. Denison’s endowment more than tripled under her leadership and she presided over the construction of major new buildings. In 1996, Dr. Myers received the Knight Foundation Presidential Leadership award, given for the first time that year to presidents of liberal arts colleges. Dr. Myers served as chair of the board of the American Council on Education from 1997-98, and is currently a board member of JSTOR and a member of the Board of Directors of the Sherman Fairchild Foundation. She is a past director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, past director of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, past chair of the Five Ohio Colleges Consortium and past member of the President’s Commission, National Collegiate Athletic Association. Dr. Myers earned a diploma in political science and economics from the Institute of Political Studies at the University of Paris, and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of Denver.
Kwame Anthony Appiah joined the faculty at Princeton University in 2002, where his professional interests have included philosophy of the mind and language, African and African-American intellectual history, and political philosophy. Before his tenure at Princeton, Dr. Appiah was the Charles H. Carswell Professor of Afro-American Studies and of Philosophy at Harvard University, where he was a professor for 11 years, after holding faculty positions at Duke, Cornell and Yale Universities. His writings include numerous scholarly books, essays and articles along with reviews, short fiction, three novels and a volume of poetry. Along with Princeton provost Amy Gutmann, Dr. Appiah wrote “Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race” (Princeton University Press, 1996), which won the Annual Book Award of the North American Society for Social Philosophy, the Ralph J. Bunche Award of the American Political Science Association and which was named an Outstanding Book by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America. His book, “In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture” (Oxford University Press, 1992), was honored by the African Studies Association and the Modern Language Association.
Dr. Appiah also is co-author, with Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., of the 3,000-article “Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience.” His most recent projects include a second set of Tanner Lectures on Human Values. He has also been a trustee for the National Humanities Center since 1999. Dr. Appiah received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Clare College, Cambridge University.
“President Myers and Professor Appiah will – between them – add exceptional new talent to the Board of ARTstor. Each has a broad intellectual reach, including several fields of knowledge that are especially important to ARTstor. In addition, each has strong international experience – from England, France and Africa. On behalf of ARTstor’s entire Board, I welcome them warmly, and very much look forward to working with them,” commented Neil L. Rudenstine, Chairman of the ARTstor Board.