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Alice Stone Ilchman (April 18, 1935 - August 11, 2006) served as the eighth president of Sarah Lawrence College from 1981 to 1998.



She was born Alice Stone and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ilchman received her B.A. in religion from Mount Holyoke College in 1957, her M.P.A. from Syracuse University in 1958, and Ph.D. from the London School of Economics in 1965.


She directed Peace Corps training projects at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as taught South Asian studies there. She also taught, and was a Dean at, Wellesley College. She next served as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs under former President Jimmy Carter from 1979-1981. According to the Washington Post:

Long interested in women's education, she chaired the National Research Council's Committee on Women's Employment and Related Social Issues and co-authored, with Sylvia Hewlett, the 1986 book "Family and Work: Bridging the Gap." At Sarah Lawrence, she fought to sustain the college's commitment to liberal arts education. The school's endowment increased tenfold during her tenure ([1]).

Ilchman was the Director of The Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship [2] until her death at age 71 due to complications from pancreatic cancer.


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