Paula A. Johnson is the 14th president of Wellesley College.

President Johnson is a pioneer who brings decades of experience in the fields of academic medicine, public health, and higher education. Since joining Wellesley in 2016, she has placed the College at the forefront of STEM education for women and has led the creation of the school’s new strategic plan, which places inclusive excellence at the heart of the Wellesley experience. President Johnson has held several leadership roles in her career as a physician-scientist. She most recently served as the Grayce A. Young Family Professor of Medicine in Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School and a professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Health. In addition, she founded the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

President Johnson is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has received several honorary degrees and numerous awards for her contributions to science, medicine, and public health.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, President Johnson attended Harvard University, where she earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. She also trained in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, one of the leading Harvard teaching hospitals. Dr. Johnson has served on several national and international boards, and she currently serves on the board of directors for Rockefeller University, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and Johnson & Johnson.

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  • Dr. Paula Johnson Is Breaking Down the Barriers to Better Health

    Wired Magazine, November 27, 2023

  • To diversify STEM fields, colleges should replace ‘weeding out’ with ‘welcoming in’

    STAT, Feb. 10, 2023

  • How to Build an Economy that Works for Women

    Boston Globe, March 29, 2022

  • What Madeleine Albright Taught Young Students, March 26, 2022

  • Speaking With the Enemy 101

    Boston Globe, September 6, 2019

  • Halting Sexual Harassment

    Scientific American, October 1, 2018

Office of the President

Green Hall
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
President’s Office