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Ellen Futter has been president of the American Museum of Natural History since November 1993. She previously served for thirteen years as president of Barnard College, where, at the time of her inaugural, she was the youngest person to assume the presidency of a major American college. She is director of a number of organizations and has a strong record of public service, including having served as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Futter -- widely recognized as a dynamic voice for education -- is expanding the Museum's role in increasing scientific literacy, making the Museum a national leader in science education for the twenty-first century. She is also an active supporter of women's issues. She has been awarded numerous honorary degrees, and is the recipient of the National Institute of Social Science's Gold Medal Award and the National Organization of Women's Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Award. Ms. Futter was graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from Barnard College in 1971. She earned her J.D. degree from Columbia University Law School in 1974.

 

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