Richard C. Levin
(Board member since 2003) New Haven, Connecticut
Professional Affiliation: President, Yale University (New Haven, CT)
Richard C. Levin is the Frederick William Beinecke professor of economics and director of the Project on U.S.-China Relations at Yale University. He recently completed a twenty-year term as Yale’s President, during which time the University invested over $5 billion in the renovation and construction of its facilities; advanced economic development and home ownership in New Haven; purchased and began to develop a 136-acre campus in nearby West Haven; strengthened its programs in science, engineering, and medicine; established a goal of reducing campus greenhouse gas emissions by 43%; and undertook a major set of initiatives to internationalize the university—extending need-based financial aid to international students in Yale College, making international experiences the norm for all undergraduates, and planning and opening Yale-NUS College in Singapore as a model of liberal arts education for Asia.
Mr. Levin serves on President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. He is a director of American Express and C3 Energy. He previously served on a bipartisan commission to recommend improvements in the nation’s intelligence capabilities, and he co-chaired a review of the nation’s patent system for the National Academy of Sciences, which led to the passage of the America Invents Act of 2011. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.
Richard Levin and his wife, Jane, have lived in New Haven for 43 years. They have four children and seven grandchildren.