Press Release: Frances Degen Horowitz Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Frances Degen Horowitz, President of The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is among 178 new Fellows and 24 new Foreign Honorary Members selected for their leadership in scholarship, business, the arts, and public affairs.
Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the United States. The Academy has elected as Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members the finest minds and most influential leaders from each generation, including George Washington and Ben Franklin in the eighteenth century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the twentieth.

Dr. Horowitz is a nationally recognized educational leader and renowned developmental psychologist. Under her determined and visionary leadership, The Graduate Center has moved to a new campus in a redesigned landmark Fifth Avenue building, conducted a $30 million capital campaign, and undertaken initiatives to recruit and retain doctoral students from underserved minorities, while continuing to build on the institution’s distinguished reputation as one of the country’s leading centers of advanced studies. She came to The Graduate Center in September 1991 from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where she was Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies, and Public Service and Dean of the Graduate School.

Among her many leadership roles, Dr. Horowitz was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC); has been an active participant in the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education, serving as its chair; was a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Graduate Schools; and was a member of the advisory council for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at NIH

Acclaimed for her research, particularly in infant behavior and development, she is a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Division of Developmental Psychology of the American Psychological Association and was elected President of the Society for Research in Child Development. The author of more than 120 articles, chapters, monographs, and books on the subjects of infant development, early childhood development, high-risk infants, the gifted, and theories of development, her lecturing and teaching have taken her to Israel, the People's Republic of China, and throughout Central and South America.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholar-patriots "to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people." The current membership of over 4,500 includes more than 150 Nobel laureates and 50 Pulitzer Prize winners. The Academy will welcome this year's new Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members at its annual Induction Ceremony in October at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York. The only consortium of its kind in the nation, the school draws its faculty of more than 1,600 members mainly from the CUNY senior colleges and cultural and scientific institutions throughout New York City. According to the most recent National Research Council report, more than a third of The Graduate Center's rated Ph.D. programs rank among the nation's top 20 at public and private institutions.

Submitted on: MAY 1, 2004

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