David W. Oxtoby

Placed Leader

David W. Oxtoby

President
American Academy of Arts and Sciences

March 6, 2019

Koya is proud to have partnered with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on the search for its President. Following an extensive search led by Alison P. Raney with Liz Neumann, Anne McCarthy, Cheryl Stevens, and their team David W. Oxtoby was selected as the organization’s next president.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy has served the nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge. As one of the nation’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, the Academy convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to address critical challenges facing our global society.
Oxtoby was elected to the Academy in 2012 and is a member of the Academy’s Trust. As President, he joins the Academy with a wealth of intellectual and administrative experience.
Oxtoby served as President of Pomona College from 2003 to 2017. During his tenure, he championed inclusivity and sustainability at Pomona College, recruiting a diverse student body, more than doubling the number of low-income students, and completing a successful capital campaign.
Oxtoby served as Chair of the Board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and as President of the Harvard Board of Overseers. Since 2017, he has been a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and co-founded the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration.
Prior to his appointment at Pomona College, Oxtoby held the William Rainey Harper Distinguished Service Professorship and was the Dean of the Division of the Physical Sciences.
A theoretical chemist, Dr. Oxtoby graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Oxtoby started his presidency in January 2019.
Read the Academy’s press release.