Elaine Fuchs & Ruth Simmons Portrait Unveiling Ceremony

November 16, 2022

As part of the University’s ongoing initiative to expand the narrative of Princeton’s history and foster an inclusive sense of place on campus, the University is unveiling portraits of Elaine Fuchs *77 and Ruth Simmons next Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Chancellor Green Rotunda (events listing).  

Elaine Fuchs, who earned her Ph.D. in biochemical sciences, is a world-renowned leader in cell biology and molecular genetics whose work on the biology and molecular mechanisms of mammalian skin and skin diseases helped lead the modernization of dermatology. She is the Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development at The Rockefeller University and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She has been awarded the National Medal of Science and the University’s James Madison Medal.

Ruth Simmons, a former Princeton administrator and trustee, is president of Prairie View A&M University and previously served as president of Smith College and Brown University. She was the first woman president of Brown and the first Black president of an Ivy League institution. While at Princeton, Simmons was vice provost, associate dean of the faculty, the first director of studies at Butler College and acting director of the Program in African American Studies.

Event speakers include President Christopher L. Eisgruber, Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity Michele Minter, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology Danelle Devenport, Prof. Elaine Fuchs, Dr. Ruth Simmons and Dean of the Faculty Gene Jarrett. The unveiling is open to the public and media.