Diana Chapman Walsh serves on the governing boards the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; the Kaiser Family Foundation; the Institute for Healthcare Improvement; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and the Mind and Life Institute, and on several national advisory boards. She was a director of the State Street Corporation (1999-2007) and a trustee of Amherst College (1998-2010).
A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Walsh writes, speaks, and consults on higher education and leadership. Before assuming the Wellesley presidency, she was Norman Professor and Chair of Health and Social Behavior at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Walsh’s tenure as twelfth President of Wellesley College (1993-2007), was marked by educational innovation, including a revision of the curriculum and expanded programs in global education, the humanities, internships and service learning, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, and religious and spiritual life.
President Walsh evolved a distinctive style of reflective leadership rooted in a network of resilient partnerships and anchored in the belief that trustworthy leadership starts from within.