Claire Gaudiani is president of Connecticut College, a position she has held since 1988. She was a 1966 graduate of Connecticut College and is its first alumna president. From there, she went on for her M.A. and Ph.D. in French literature from Indiana University. She has been an articulate spokeswoman for the importance of a civil society and for the role of philanthropy in promoting civic engagement She has shared her vision through publications and speeches in the U.S. and abroad. The author of six books and more than 80 chapters, articles and op-eds, Dr. Gaudiani is writing a seventh book, on the Wisdom Tradition.