“I’m still a bit stunned and certainly very thrilled. I came here as a graduate student 31 years ago. I love this place and I’ve always wanted to help make it better.”
That was the reaction of University Provost Peter Salovey after being named Thursday to replace Richard Levin as the President of Yale University.
Dr. Salovey — who holds three Yale degrees in psychology — joined the Yale faculty in 1986 and became chairman of the psychology department in 2000. A Stanford undergraduate, Dr. Salovey has been Yale’s provost since 2008.
Under President Levin, many alums have been critical of the University’s approach to athletics, which has included significant self-imposed limits on athletics slots. Those with interests in Yale Athletics will be undoubtedly looking for signs.
It is interesting to note that Dr. Salovey was one of four authors of A Comparison of Athletes and Non-Athletes at Highly Selective Colleges: Academic Performance and Personal Development in 2004. Among the findings of that effort were that athletes surpassed non-athletes on sociability, athletes self-reported well-being, athletes were not isolated from non-athletes and athletes’ academic performance was not below expectations of their entering profiles.