Claire L. Gaudiani


College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award (2004)
Indiana University Bloomington
M.A., 1969; Ph.D., 1974


Dr. Gaudiani is currently teaching at NYU, having completed her work as Senior Research Scholar at the Yale Law School. Dr. Gaudiani served as president of Connecticut College, her baccalaureate alma mater, from 1988 to 2001. During her presidency, Connecticut College quintupled its endowment and rose in the influential U.S. News & World Report survey from No. 41 to the top 25 liberal arts college list. Enrollments rose over 40 percent during her last five years in office. Dr. Gaudiani also served for five years as the president of the non-profit New London Development Corporation, which is dedicated to building the tax base, creating jobs, and improving the quality of life for all citizens of New London. She continues to serve on the corporation board as well as on the boards of numerous other for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a fellow of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and has received 10 honorary doctorates. She is the author of many articles, monographs, and books. In 2003, her most recent book, The Greater Good: How Philanthropy Drives the American Economy and Can Save Capitalism, was published. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to education, philanthropy, ethics, and the role of colleges in civil society.