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August 9th, 2009
11:35 PM ET

1st Black Female to Head an Ivy League University

Ruth Simmons admits she used to be a nuisance to her teachers when she was a schoolgirl. Now, as president of Brown University, she is among the top educators in the world. She is also the first African-American woman to head an ivy league school.


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  1. Susan Galaviz

    Donna Brazil ROCKS! I absolutely LOVE her!

    August 10, 2009 at 2:43 am |
  2. Allen, Cypress, Texas

    As a teacher, I've seen thousands of students like her. This goes to show that teachers cannot give upon any child. Even when we think, they are a nuisance, they oftentimes see and hear what they are being taught, they may just not show any interest at that t=aprticular time.

    August 10, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  3. jackie brown

    Wow! The Interview with Dr. Simmons was so inspiring and without prejudice.

    August 10, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  4. Paul

    Good for Ruth Simmons, only in the greatest country on earth is the sky the limit. She is proof of hard work and dedication and not her race. Why must the media label some people by their race as though that had anything to do with it." I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." This famous quote by Martin Luther King is familiar to many of us in this country. By the way I am' white".
    Martin Luther King must have had envisioned a situation like this where character is the factor not color. Lets quit noting peoples color, we all have eyes.

    August 10, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  5. john kavanaugh

    Obama has said on many occasions that one of the main ways he will pay for health care reform is by taking 680 billion dollar out 0f medicare and medicaid,then say they are not going to ration care. How dumb due they think we are

    August 10, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  6. RJ

    Nothing wrong with a black dean as long as they are the most qualified! As long as color was not a consideration and experience and qualifications were!

    August 10, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  7. Prescott Bush

    john kavanaugh;

    You went to college?
    You should ask for your money back?
    I read your comment and it is stupid.
    I guess you may look dumb but you really just stupid (dim-witted).

    August 11, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  8. AndreinFL

    Good job! I agree with teacher on not giving up on kids. Kids will be kids. A more concentrated education system would get the job done.

    August 13, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  9. Arlene

    Congrats to her but Brown is the Ivy League school you go to when all other Ivy league schools don't want you. NYC and Berkeley have more prestige...just saying!

    August 14, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  10. Marion

    Uh, Brown has a lower acceptance rate than NYU and Berkeley. It is just as prestigious as the other Ivies and affords its students greater academic freedom. Just saying.

    August 14, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  11. EthanK

    Actually Brown is preferred over Columbia, uPenn, Dartmouth, and Cornell, and it is way more prestigious than NYU and Berkeley.

    August 14, 2009 at 3:23 pm |