Ruth Simmons, President of PVAMU

I was excited to see that Ruth Simmons, former president of Smith College (1995-2000) and Brown University (2002-2012), has been named as the permanent president of Prairie View A&M University.

via Now in Her 70s, First Black Ivy-League President Finds a Third Act – The Chronicle of Higher Education

While I never met Ruth Simmons while I was at Brown, I saw images of her frequently on the Brown CS0931 page in 2012:

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The course, Introduction to Computation for the Humanities & Social Sciences, taught computational thinking to non-computational undergraduate majors.  Each year, the undergraduate TAs design the course page around a theme.  I was an instructor for CS0931 in the spring of 2012, when students created the page as an homage to Dr. Simmons in her last year as president of the university.  The Staff page is particularly fun.   Dr. Simmons clearly left an impression on the undergraduates at Brown University, and I bet she’ll do the same at Prairie View A&M.




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