Enriqueta Bond '61

Alumnae Achievement Awards 2009

Enriqueta Bond '61
Health Policy Leader
Medical Research Champion

Enriqueta Bond ’61 has made significant contributions to science and science policy in the United States. From 1994 to 2008 she served as the first full time President of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF), a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the medical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities. During her presidency Dr. Bond guided BWF in its transition from a corporate to a private independent foundation. The endowment grew from $400 million to $800 million; BWF awards more than $30 million a year in grants.

Prior to joining the BWF, Dr. Bond served a distinguished tenure at the National Academy of Sciences, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer for the Institute of Medicine. In 1997, Dr. Bond joined the ranks of the most highly respected individuals in medical science, health, public health, nutrition, and health policy when she was elected as a full member to the Institute of Medicine. In 2004, she was elected as a fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her distinguished contributions to the study and analysis of policy for the advancement of the health sciences. Dr. Bond is Chairman of the Board on African Science Academy Development.

Dr. Bond is the recipient of numerous honors, including the 2008 Order of the Long Leaf Pine award from the state of North Carolina. This is the highest honor the governor can bestow on a citizen and was awarded to Dr. Bond for her efforts to improve science education for children of North Carolina. She has also received the Institute of Medicine Walsh McDermott Medal, in recognition of distinguished service to the National Academies, and the National Academy of Sciences Professional Staff Award. She received her M.A. from the University of Virginia, and her Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemical genetics from Georgetown University.


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