Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, delivered the commencement address at Smith College Sunday, where she dared the graduates of the all-female college to change how they define success. Success has largely been determined by money and power, Huffington argued, but we need a third metric.
In 1995 Simmons became the 1st African American woman to head a major college or university as president of Smith College, which she led until 2001. As president of Smith College, Simmons started the engineering program. Ruth Simmons became president of Brown in 2001. At Brown, she completed an ambitious 1.4 billion dollar initiative - the largest in Brown's history - known as Boldly Brown: The Campaign for Academic Enrichment in order to enhance Brown’s academic programs. Native Houstonian.