Lynn Pasquerella

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Lynn Pasquerella
18th President of
Mount Holyoke College
Assumed office
Preceded by Joanne V. Creighton
Personal details
Alma mater Mount Holyoke College
Brown University
Profession Professor

Lynn Pasquerella became the 18th president of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts in 2010. She was a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Rhode Island for 19 years before becoming URI's Associate Dean of the Graduate School. From 2006 to 2008 she was vice provost for research and dean of the graduate school at the University of Rhode Island. She was the Provost of the University of Hartford from 2008-10.[1]


Pasquerella is a 1980 Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College and earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1985 from Brown University.

Pasquerella is a philosopher whose area of interest is medical ethics. She was a fellow in the John Hazen White Sr. Center for Ethics and Public Service and a professor of medical ethics in Alpert Medical School’s Affinity Group Program.

Pasquerella has received funding through the United States Department of Energy to work on ethical issues related to the Human Genome Project. She has also received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the American Bar Association, the Council of Graduate Schools, and the United States Office of Research Integrity. She was the principal investigator on a $3.5 million NSF ADVANCE grant to promote the careers of women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and on a $750,000 NSF–Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate grant to encourage recruitment of underrepresented groups into the professoriate in STEM fields.

Pasquerella serves on the Boards of Paul Newman's Discovery Center and the Africa Center for Engineering Social Solutions, for which she has also been a project leader in Kenya. She has served on the Board of Directors of The Rectory School, Day Kimball Hospital’s ethics committee and as chair of its Institutional Review Board, the Rhode Island Bio Bank Steering Committee, the Rhode Island Health Department’s Institutional Review Board, the and the advisory board for the Women’s Adult Correctional Facility in Rhode Island.[2]

Since July 2010, Pasquerella has hosted The Academic Minute, a radio segment and podcast featuring a different university-based researcher each day. The Academic Minute is produced by Northeast Public Radio with support from Newman's Own Foundation in partnership with Mount Holyoke College.[3] In addition to Northeast Public Radio, The Academic Minute is heard on approximately 30 additional stations across the United States and Canada.


  • Ethical Issues in Home Health Care. Co–authored with Rosalind Ladd and Sheri Smith. Charles C. Thomas Publishing, 2002.
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Public Administration. Edited with Alfred Killilea and Michael Vocino. Praeger, 1996.
  • "Brentano’s Theory of Value: Beauty, Goodness, and the Concept of Correct Emotions" with Wilhelm Baumgartner in The Cambridge Companion to Brentano, 2004. Pages 220–237.[4]


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