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Debora L. Spar

Barnard College
Debora L. Spar

Debora Spar became the seventh president of Barnard College on July 1, 2008. Since her arrival at the college, Spar has been a vocal proponent of women’s education and leadership, spearheading initiatives that include the Athena Center for Leadership Studies, an interdisciplinary center devoted to the theory and practice of women's leadership, and Barnard’s Global Symposium, an annual gathering of high-profile and accomplished female leaders held each year in a different region of the world. A political scientist by training, Spar’s scholarly research focuses on issues of international political economy. She is the author of numerous books, including Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Invention, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet; The Baby Business: How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception; and most recently Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection. Spar is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and received her doctorate in government from Harvard. She is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves as a trustee of the Nightingale-Bamford School and a director of Goldman Sachs. Prior to coming to Barnard, Spar was the Spangler Family professor of business administration at Harvard Business School.

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