When asked to assume the presidency of first Smith College and then Brown University, I hesitated in both instances. After all, I knew that becoming the first African-American president on each campus would inevitably mean confronting and overcoming a long history of skepticism about — or even objections to — having an African-American at the helm of such prominent institutions.
Originally published: September 25, 2016
Author: Ruth Simmons
Institution: Prairie View A&M University
Published by: The Chronicle of Higher Ed