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HGSE Deans

Harvard Graduate School of Education has had 11 distinguished deans serve the School throughout its history. This website seeks to provide a concise profile of the accomplishments of each dean during their respective administration. The text is accompanied by an image of the dean's official portrait and information documenting the artist commissioned to produce the portrait. The artist profiles provide general biographical background as well as information about their artistic style and works. A published version of Portraits of the Harvard Graduate School of Education Deans is also available. Faculty, staff, students, and guests of HGSE who attend meetings and special events in the stately Eliot-Lyman Room in Longfellow Hall will have noticed these "official" portraits honoring nine past HGSE deans adorning the walls.

Hanus

Paul Henry Hanus

1906-1912

Holmes

Henry Wyman Holmes

1920-1940

Spaulding

Francis Trow Spaulding

1940-1945

Keppel

Francis Keppel

1948-1962

Sizer

Theodore R. Sizer

1964-1972

Ylvisaker

Paul N. Ylvisaker

1972-1982

Albjerg Graham

Patricia Albjerg Graham

1982-1991

Murphy

Jerome T. Murphy

1992-2001

Condliffe Lagemann

Ellen Condliffe Lagemann

2002-2005

Kathleen McCartney

Kathleen McCartney

2005-2013

Ryan

James Ryan

2013-present