Prestigious Yale University has named Peter Salovey, its current provost and a renowned scholar in psychology, as its new president. Salovey succeeds Richard Levin, who announced in the summer that he would step down at the end of the academic year after two decades at the helm of the Ivy League college. Salovey, who was appointed provost in 2008, will become Yale’s 23rd president as of June 30.
Yale noted that Salovey played a key role in academic innovation and reform at the school. A psychology professor, he has authored or edited 13 books, and his work has been translated into 11 languages.
“Peter brings a profound understanding of Yale, and great ambitions for advancing the University in the years ahead,” Edward P. Bass, senior fellow of the Yale Corporation, stated.
Salovey entered Yale as a graduate student in 1981 and has three decades of academic and administrative experience at the university. He is the only president in the university’s history who has served as the chair of an academic department, as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, as dean of Yale College, and as provost.
Salovey is the latest in a series of Yale provosts who have been tapped to lead major universities. His immediate three predecessors went on to run Cambridge, MIT, and Oxford, Yale said.
Salovey was credited with offering increased international opportunities for undergraduates, initiating freshman seminars, enhancing writing intensive courses, and instituting academically challenging courses that introduced science topics to non-science majors.
“To the faculty, students, staff, alumni, and all of the Yale Community: I look forward to years of listening to you, being inspired by you, serving you, and collaborating with you to continue to ensure that Yale is a model of higher learning and scholarship, and an inspiration to the world,” Salovey said in a statement.
Salovey has published more than 350 journal articles and essays, focused mainly on human emotion and health behavior. His 1990 article on emotional intelligence, written together with his collaborator John D. Mayer, has been cited by other scholars more than 4,500 times.