Dr. Paula A. Johnson, 14th President of Wellesley College!

The fall semester is quickly approaching, so that means new textbooks, new professors, and…a new president! Although we are sad that President H. Kim Bottomly is leaving us, we are proud to call Dr. Paula A. Johnson Wellesley’s new president.


Paula A. Johnson, Wellesley’s 14th and first African-American president, is a physician, researcher, and expert in public health.

She serves as a professor and chief of the Division of Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Johnson is also the founder and executive director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

As for her own education and training, Dr. Johnson graduated from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, received MD and MPH degrees from Harvard, and trained in internal and cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Furthermore, Dr. Johnson received many honors and awards for her contributions in medicine. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine and recognized by the National Library of Medicine as a national leader in medicine.

Dr. Johnson’s Ted Talk “His and Her Healthcare” emphasizes the importance of understanding how women’s health differs from that of men. The video has nearly one million views and was honored as one of the “Top 10 Ted Talks by Women to be Viewed by Everyone.”

In addition to her passion for health, some main issues that she wishes to address at Wellesley include those of wellness (physical and mental health) and diversity.

We look forward to working with such an inspiring, dedicated woman who shares our passion for education, science, and gender equality.

The members of Wellesley (BC)^2 welcome you to your new home, Dr. Johnson!


“The Whole Woman” by Lisa Scanlon Mogolov ’99, Wellesley Magazine (Summer 2016)




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