Under Dr. Lewis's guidance, the Mellon Foundation has reaffirmed its commitment to the humanities, the arts, and higher education by emphasizing the importance of continuity and change.
Previously, Dr. Lewis served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and as the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies at Emory University. A noted social historian, Mr. Lewis has held faculty appointments at the University of California at Berkeley (1984–89), and the University of Michigan (1989–2004). He has championed the importance of diversifying the academy, enhancing graduate education, re-visioning the liberal arts, exploring the role of digital tools for learning, and connecting universities to their communities.
Ms. Greenhouse is the Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at Yale Law School. After four decades as a reporter for The New York Times, Greenhouse now contributes a bi-weekly op-ed column on the Supreme Court and law. She has received numerous journalism awards, including a 1998 Pulitzer Prize in beat reporting and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Greenhouse recently authored, "The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction," as well as a biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun. She is a member of the Council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is president of the American Philosophical Society, the first woman to serve in that position in the society’s 274-year history.