Summer 2024 /Global Pomona/

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Oxtoby Leaves AAAS Presidency

Pomona College President Emeritus David Oxtoby stepped down as president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at the end of June after serving for more than five years.

Calling his term as leader of the distinguished society “the honor of a lifetime,” he lauded the ways many of its members have “helped to lead America and the world through this turbulent era,” including members who helped develop the COVID-19 vaccines.

A chemist by training, Oxtoby served as president of Pomona from 2003 to 2017 and was elected to the academy in 2012 for his specialty in educational and academic leadership. Current Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr also is a member of the academy.

Cecilia Conrad Elected to AAAS

New members elected in 2024 include Pomona Emerita Professor of Economics Cecilia Conrad, who was elected in recognition of her nonprofit leadership. Conrad is CEO of Lever for Change, which connects donors with problem solvers to work toward social change. Conrad also is a senior advisor to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.