Bethany Caliaro February 27, 2017 SHOWCASE Black History Month // Ruth Simmons Bethany Caliaro February 27, 2017 SHOWCASE Ruth Simmons (born Ruth Jean Stubblefield July 3, 1945) was the 18th president of Brown University, the first black president of an Ivy League institution. Simmons was elected Brown’s first female president in November 2000. Simmons assumed office in fall of 2001. Simmons holds appointments as a professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature and Africana Studies. In 2002, Newsweek selected her as a Ms. Woman of the Year, while in 2001, Time named her as America’s best college president. According to a March 2009 poll by The Brown Daily Herald, Simmons had more than an 80% approval rating among Brown undergraduates. — Source Learn about Ruth's journey to the Ivy League and see an interview with her here.