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Dr. Paula Johnson to be inaugurated as 14th president of Wellesley College

Wellesley College will mark the inauguration of its 14th president, Paula Johnson, on Friday.Richard Howard/Wellesley College

Wellesley College will celebrate the inauguration of its 14th president, Dr. Paula Johnson, on Friday. She is the first African-American president to lead the college.

Before coming to Wellesley, Johnson founded and served as the executive director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She was also a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and professor of epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Among those scheduled to speak at her inauguration ceremony are US Senator Elizabeth Warren; Harvard University president Drew Gilpin Faust; Smith College president Kathleen McCartney; and Dr. Vivian W. Pinn, senior scientist emerita and founding director at the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health.