Two Senior Leaders Join Radcliffe Institute

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Jeanne Follansbee and Matthew E. Kernkraut EdM ’03 joined the Institute this spring as academic dean and associate dean for external relations, respectively.

Follansbee works closely with Radcliffe’s three programs—the Fellowship Program,
 the Schlesinger Library, and Academic Ventures—to launch Institute-wide initiatives. She also assists the dean of the Institute, Lizabeth Cohen, in long-term planning. Follansbee came to Radcliffe from Harvard’s undergraduate degree program in history and literature, where she was the director of studies and a senior lecturer.

She holds a PhD in English from Boston University and publishes frequently on 20th-century American literature and culture. As the director of studies, she designed and implemented many initiatives and processes.

Prior to her academic career, Follansbee worked in advertising at Ogilvy & Mather in New York City and was the principal in a marketing consulting business.

Photo by Heather LathamPhoto by Heather LathamKernkraut provides leadership and oversight to all fundraising efforts and external-relations activities, including alumnae/i relations, the Annual Fund, donor relations, major and planned giving, and operations.

Prior to joining the Institute, he served as a managing director of the capital and leadership gifts team for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at Harvard and oversaw the West Coast Development Office in San Francisco.

Since joining Harvard, in 2003, Kernkraut has focused on fundraising, as a Harvard College Fund reunion officer and a regional director in capital giving for FAS.

He earned a bachelor of arts in human services from
 George Washington 
University and a master’s in higher education administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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