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Olin College President Richard K. Miller Elected to the 237th Class of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Today the American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced the election of 228 new members, including Olin College President Richard K. Miller. The new members include accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business and philanthropic leaders.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing—and opportunities available to—the nation and the world. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies in science, engineering and technology policy; global security and international affairs; the humanities, arts and education; and American institutions and the public good.

“I am honored to be part of such distinguished company,” said Miller. “The Academy’s mission is to address critical challenges facing our global society. That is something we have been working on at Olin since we opened our doors just under 15 years ago.  I look forward to supporting the Academy’s efforts as it seeks to enrich the dialogue around the important policy issues of our day.”

Members of the 2017 class include winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Wolf Prize; MacArthur Fellows; Fields Medalists; Presidential Medal of Freedom and National Medal of Arts recipients; and Academy Award, Grammy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award winners.

"It is an honor to welcome this new class of exceptional women and men as part of our distinguished membership,” said Don Randel, Chair of the Academy’s Board of Directors. “Their talents and expertise will enrich the life of the Academy and strengthen our capacity to spread knowledge and understanding in service to the nation.”

“In a tradition reaching back to the earliest days of our nation, the honor of election to the American Academy is also a call to service,” said Academy President Jonathan F. Fanton. “Through our projects, publications, and events, the Academy provides members with opportunities to make common cause and produce the useful knowledge for which the Academy’s 1780 charter calls.”

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 7, 2017, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world. Current Academy research focuses on education, the humanities, and the arts; science, engineering, and technology policy; global security and international affairs; and American institutions and the public good. The Academy’s work is advanced by its elected members, who are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs from around the world.

About Olin

Olin College is an undergraduate engineering institution that has been exploring innovative educational approaches since its founding in 1997 by the F.W. Olin Foundation. From the beginning, Olin was designed to be different with no academic departments or faculty tenured, and a bold mission to create one of the most engaging and meaningful learning experiences possible for young engineers. Today, Olin is a top ranked engineering college renowned for graduating engineer-innovators and for serving as a privately funded national laboratory for STEM education redesign. For more information, please visithttp://www.Olin.edu or follow Olin on Twitter @OlinCollege.