Ruth Simmons

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Ruth J. Simmons (born 1945) is the 18th president of Brown University and first black president of an Ivy League institution.


  • If I can touch one person, I have done my job.
  • Learning is not a gift, it's a privilege.
  • Education is my first priority.
  • If you want to learn, then you can do anything.
  • If you change who you are, then you change your whole being.
  • Education comes before anything.

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