President Clayton Rose

Clayton Rose headshot
Photo: David Hume Kennerly

Clayton is now in his eighth year as the president of Bowdoin College. Prior to his appointment, he served on the faculty of the Harvard Business School, where he taught and wrote on issues of leadership, ethics, the financial crisis that began in 2008, and the role of business in society. He spent the first twenty years of his career in finance, retiring as vice chairman at J.P. Morgan, having run several global divisions of the bank. He earned his undergraduate degree (1980) and MBA (1981) at the University of Chicago. In 2003, following his business career, he enrolled in the doctoral program in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania to study issues of race in America, earning his master’s degree in 2005 and his PhD with distinction in 2007. Clayton is the chair of the board of trustees of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the nation’s largest academic biomedical research organization, with an endowment of $27 billion. He is also a member of the board of directors of Bank of America. He and his wife of thirty-eight years, Julianne, have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren. 
Over the past seven years, Clayton’s focus has been on furthering the intellectual mission of the College; advancing the imperative of diversity, equity, and inclusion and racial justice; strengthening access and opportunity for all students; ensuring the continued financial strength of the College with an ambitious $500 million comprehensive campaign; enhancing the academic program and student life with the construction of new facilities that further the mission of the College; continuing the College’s leadership in sustainability, and fostering the skills of respectful discourse and engagement with new and challenging ideas and by developing a disposition among students for “intellectual fearlessness.”

Rose announced in April 2022 that he will step down as Bowdoin president in June 2023 at the conclusion of the 2022–2023 academic year.