- Derek Bok
Derek Bok 25th President of Harvard University In office
Preceded by Nathan M. Pusey Succeeded by Neil Leon Rudenstine Acting President of Harvard University In office
July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007
Preceded by Lawrence Summers Succeeded by Drew Gilpin Faust 7th Dean of Harvard Law School In office
Preceded by Erwin Griswold Succeeded by Albert Martin Sacks Personal details Born March 22, 1930
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Spouse(s) Sissela Bok Children Hilary Bok Alma mater Stanford University
Harvard Law School
George Washington University
Derek Curtis Bok (born March 22, 1930) is an American lawyer and educator and the former president of Harvard University. He is the son of the prominent Pennsylvania jurist Curtis Bok and Margaret Plummer Bok; the grandson of Mary Louise Curtis Bok Zimbalist, founder of the Curtis Institute of Music; and the great-grandson of Cyrus H. K. Curtis, founder of the Curtis Publishing Company, publisher of The Saturday Evening Post and the Ladies' Home Journal, the latter edited by his grandfather, Edward W. Bok.
Life and career
Bok was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and graduated from Stanford University (B.A., 1951), Harvard Law School (J.D., 1954), and George Washington University (A.M., 1958). He taught law at Harvard beginning in 1958 and served as dean of the law school there (1968–1971) and then as the university's 25th president (1971–1991). Bok currently serves as the faculty chair at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard and continues to teach at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Bok was the recipient of the 2001 Grawemeyer Award in education.
After fifteen years away from the Harvard presidency, Bok led the university on an interim basis from Lawrence Summers's resignation on July 1, 2006, until the beginning of the tenure of Drew Gilpin Faust on July 1, 2007.
Bok's wife, the sociologist and philosopher Sissela Bok, née Myrdal (daughter of the Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal and the politician and diplomat Alva Myrdal, both Nobel laureates), is also affiliated with Harvard, where she received her doctorate in 1970. His daughter, Hilary Bok, is a philosophy professor at Johns Hopkins University.
- The Politics of Happiness: What Government can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being. Princeton University Press. 2010. ISBN 978-1-4008-3219-4.
- Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More, 2005 / ISBN 0691136181
- Universities in the Marketplace, 2003
- The Trouble with Government, 2001, Harvard University Press
- The Shape of the River, 1998 (with William G. Bowen)
- The State of the Nation, 1997, Harvard University Press
- Universities and the Future of America, 1990
- Higher Learning, 1986, Harvard University Press
- Beyond the Ivory Tower, 1984, Harvard University Press
- Living with Nuclear Weapons, In collaboration with Albert Carnesale, Paul Doty, Stanley Hoffmann, Samuel P. Huntington, Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Scott D. Sagan, 1983, Harvard University Press
- Labor and the American Community, 1970
- Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Harvard Kennedy School Faculty Profile
- Association of American Colleges and Universities | National Leadership Council for Liberal Education
- Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
- Derek Bok on Charlie Rose
Academic offices Preceded by
Nathan M. Pusey
President of Harvard University
Neil L. Rudenstine
Lawrence H. Summers
President of Harvard University
1 July 2006–30 June 2007
Drew Gilpin Faust
Dean of Harvard Law School
Albert Martin Sacks* indicates acting president
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