Honorands 2015

JILL LEPORE

JILL LEPORE

For the Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters
Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. A well-known scholar of early American history, she is a preeminent academic, a gifted teacher, and an esteemed essayist. She writes frequently on topics of American history, law, literature, and politics, and she is the author of ten books, most recently The Secret History of Wonder Woman, an exploration of women’s rights in America through the lens of the iconic comic book character. In 2015, she will begin a Guggenheim Fellowship Year, working on her next book, Dickens in America, an account of the novelist’s 1842 American tour. Dr. Lepore earned a B.A. in English from Tufts University, an M.A. in American Culture from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University.

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BARRY MILLS

BARRY MILLS

For the Degree of Doctor of Laws
Barry Mills was inaugurated as the fourteenth president of Bowdoin College in 2001. He has presided over a period of notable accomplishment and excellence at Bowdoin, and he has been determined and tireless in the pursuit of opportunity and access for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. The College’s position among the very best liberal arts colleges in the nation is a direct reflection of his wise, forward-thinking leadership. Today’s student body is the most diverse in the College’s history, its alumni are engaged and energized, and Bowdoin’s record of financial management is the envy of colleges and universities everywhere. President Mills served the College as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1994 until 2000. Prior to his tenure as president of Bowdoin, he served as the deputy presiding partner of Debevoise & Plimpton, one of the nation’s preeminent international law firms. He earned an A.B. in biochemistry and government from Bowdoin, a Ph.D. in biology from Syracuse University, and a J.D. from Columbia University.

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KAREN MILLS

KAREN MILLS

For the Degree of Doctor of Laws
Karen Mills is a senior fellow at the Harvard Business School and at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is an accomplished business leader with the experience and insights of a keen entrepreneur. Among her many important contributions to the Bowdoin community, she has served as an active mentor, encouraging entrepreneurial aspirations among students. Mills served as Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration from 2009–2013. She was a member of President Obama’s cabinet and was a key member of the White House economic team. In Maine, she chaired the state’s Council on Competitiveness and the Economy and served as a member of the Governor’s Council for the Redevelopment of the Brunswick Naval Air Station. In the private sector, Mills founded Solera Capital, served as president of MMP Group, and has served as a board member for a number of corporations. She is a past vice chair of the Harvard Overseers, and is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Harvard Corporation. She earned an A.B. in economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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MOLLY NEPTUNE PARKER

MOLLY NEPTUNE PARKER

For the Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts
Molly Neptune Parker, a native of Indian Township, Maine, is a master Passamaquoddy basket weaver. An artist, educator, and community leader, she shares generously of her legacy and expertise. A true tradition-bearer, she has taught generations of tribal members across the country to weave, ensuring the continuance of this once-endangered Native art form. She has served as president of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance and as a master teacher in the Maine Arts Commission’s traditional arts apprenticeship program. She has demonstrated her craft at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and is a recipient of a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Parker’s other awards include the Maine Arts Commission’s Fellowship Award for Traditional Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts’ Native Arts Award, and the First People’s Fund’s Community Spirit Award.

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DAVID SWENSEN

DAVID SWENSEN

For the Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters
David Swensen serves as chief investment officer at Yale University, where he oversees $22 billion in endowment assets. Under his stewardship, the Yale endowment has generated returns of 13.8 percent per year, a record unequalled among institutional investors. One of the world’s most influential institutional investors, he shares his expertise widely and generously. The field of higher education has benefited immeasurably from his integrity and from his perspectives and insights on investments, and he has had a direct impact on Bowdoin’s success, having served as a mentor to Senior Vice President for Investments Paula Volent and Trustee Emerita Ellen Shuman. He teaches endowment management at Yale, where he is a fellow of Berkeley College, an incorporator of the Elizabethan Club, and a fellow of the International Center for Finance. He has served as a member of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and as trustee or advisor to a number of institutions and foundations, including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Investment Fund for Foundations. Dr. Swensen earned a B.A. and B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a Ph.D. in economics from Yale.

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