Cristle Collins Judd Appointed President of Sarah Lawrence College

Cristle Collins Judd, senior program officer in Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities, has been named president of Sarah Lawrence College.

Judd joined the Foundation in 2015.  As a senior program officer, Judd developed a range of grants and initiatives supporting liberal arts colleges, undergraduate and doctoral education, advanced scholarship, and the public humanities.  She oversaw the Mellon New Directions Fellowship program and promoted collaborations among Foundation programs to strengthen the arts on campuses, diversify the professoriate, and connect digital scholarship and teaching.  She also worked to expand career opportunities for new PhDs and raise the visibility of the public humanities.

“Cristle is a noted scholar, an experienced administrator, and an accomplished leader. During her time here, she has developed a great range of grants and initiatives that have richly enhanced the Foundation’s work,” said Earl Lewis, president of the Mellon Foundation. "She has the full complement of skills needed to successfully lead an elite liberal arts college in this period of heightened diversity and complexity."   

Prior to coming to the Foundation, Judd had been dean for academic affairs, chief academic officer, and professor of music at Bowdoin College since 2006. During her tenure at Bowdoin, Judd worked with faculty to develop and implement new programs to strengthen diversity, governance, and work-life balance.  She also led the college’s efforts to enhance the humanities, bolster the arts, improve academic facilities and technological capabilities, launch a digital and computational studies initiative, and shape a renewed focus on environmental and coastal studies. 

Judd is a distinguished musicologist who studied music performance at Rice University and earned a PhD in music theory and analysis at King’s College, University of London.  Prior to her work at Bowdoin, she was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania for 13 years, where she obtained tenure. Judd also taught at universities in the UK and Australia.

Judd will remain at the Foundation through June 2017, seeing through development of grant recommendations and initiatives already in progress.

Please join us in congratulating Cristle Collins Judd on her new role.

For more information, contact

Laura Washington
Director of Communications
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
(212) 500-2554