As I wrote about previously, former UW-Madison Chancellor and current President of Amherst College Biddy Martin was elected earlier this year to join the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
This past weekend, the formal induction ceremony was held in Cambridge, Mass. to welcome Biddy and her fellow 2012 inductees. According to a release from Amherst:
Martin now belongs to a group that counts more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners among its members. Since its founding in 1780, the Academy has elected leading “thinkers and doers” from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the 20th.
Martin identified her favorite parts of the weekend’s festivities, which included:
the unabashed celebration of curiosity, knowledge, collaboration and achievement; talks by Margaret McFall-Ngai, David Blight and Maureen Mahoney; the reading of Lincoln’s letters by Daniel Day-Lewis; Thomas Hampson’s performance of American songs; and Bill Cosby’s riff on his experience of the Saturday morning panels.
Although we did not have the chance to witness what you could have done with a few more years at UW had the campus been ready for such a transformational leader, you laid the groundwork for innovation and are an exemplar of for the type of leader UW needs to continue moving FORWARD.