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Richard Levin, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Economics and of Management and Senior Research Scholar in the Jackson Institute; President Emeritus

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Richard Levin, PhD



Richard C. Levin, Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics, recently completed a twenty-year term as Yale’s President. He received his B.A. from Stanford University in 1968 and studied politics and philosophy at Oxford University, where he earned a B.Litt. degree. After earning his Ph.D. in economics from Yale in 1974, he joined the Yale faculty. Before becoming president, he chaired the economics department, taught economic analysis and regulation at the Yale School of Management, and served as dean of Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

During Mr. Levin’s twenty year tenure as President, Yale invested over $5 billion in the renovation and construction of its facilities, advanced economic development and home ownership in New Haven, purchased and began to develop a 136-acre campus in nearby West Haven, strengthened Yale’s programs in science, engineering, and medicine, established a goal of reducing campus greenhouse gas emissions by 43%, and undertook a major set of initiatives to internationalize the University – extending need-based financial aid to international students in Yale College, making international experiences the norm for all undergraduates, and planning and opening Yale-NUS College in Singapore as a model of liberal arts education for Asia.

Mr. Levin serves on President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. He is a trustee of the Hewlett Foundation and a director of American Express. He served on a bipartisan commission to recommend improvements in the nation’s intelligence capabilities and he co-chaired a major review of the nation’s patent system for the National Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He is currently on sabbatical, writing about both higher education and U.S.-China Relations.

Richard Levin and his wife, Jane, have lived in New Haven for 43 years. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Yale University, Economics (1974)
  • BA
    Stanford University, History (1968)


  • University Leadership Program
    China 2008
    The China-Yale Advanced University Leadership Program (CYAULP) initiated to train Chinese university officers.

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