PC’s Starr joins illustrious American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr. Photo/courtesy of Pomona College

Pomona College recently announced its President G. Gabrielle Starr was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at a ceremony held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Saturday, September 10.

Starr was originally part of the 2020 cohort that included 276 total members such as singer Joan Baez, former United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., and author Ann Patchett. Due to the pandemic, ceremonies for the 2020 and 2021 cohorts were delayed until recently.

During the induction ceremony, new members sign their names into the academy’s book of members. Memberships currently span over 300 Nobel laureates, 100-plus Pulitzer Prize winners and “many of the world’s most celebrated artists and performers” read a news release from Pomona College. To view names in the book, visit amacad.org/members/book.

Starr becomes the third Pomona College president to join the academy. Former President Emeritus David Oxtoby, who served from 2003 until 2017, was inducted in 2012, then named its president in 2018. David Alexander, who served from 1969 to 1991, was inducted in 2006.

The academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock, and other scholarly patriots.

Its mission is to convene leaders from “every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people,” according to its website.

To learn more about the academy, visit amacad.org/about-academy.


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