Many notable scholars and administrators have served as Dean of the Graduate School at Yale. GSAS Deans are chosen by the University President from within Yale's leading tenured scholars and graduate student mentors. While they have all ably led the students and faculty of GSAS, their experience as Graduate Dean prepared many for other leadership positions in higher education at Yale, at other institutions, and in one case, in the governor's office of Connecticut. Their names are carved in the wall of the former Dean's office in the Hall of Graduate Studies. Many of the former Deans are interred in nearby Grove Street Cemetery along with other Yale and New Haven notables.
Arthur Twining Hadley, First Dean of the Graduate School 1892 - 1895; Political Economy; later Yale's 13th President, 1899-1921.
Andrew Phillips, Dean 1895 - 1910;
Hans Oerter, Dean 1910 - 1916;
Wilbur Lucius Cross, Ph.D. 1889; Dean 1916 - 1930; English; Cross was a visionary Dean who created much of the school and system of graduate study that we know today at Yale.
Edgar Stevenson Furniss, 1930 - 1950; Economics.
The longest serving GS Dean, Furniss was credited with continuing to improve the selectivity and quality of graduate programs.
Furniss lived in the 3-story Dean's suite on the 12th-14th floors in the HGS Tower for many years. He entertained students and faculty there, and was even said to have housed noted African American scholars in his guest suite when they could not find local accommodations due to discrimination.
Edmund Ware Sinnott, Dean 1950 - 1956
Hartley Simpson, Dean 1956 - 61
John Perry Miller, Dean 1961 - 69
Donald Wayne Taylor, Dean 1969 - 75
Jaroslav Pelikan, 1973-78; History of Christianity
Wendell Richard Garner, Dean 1978 - 79
Keith Stewart Thomson, Dean 1979 - 86;
Jerome Jordan Pollitt, Dean 1986 - 91;
Judith S. Rodin, Dean 1991 - 92; Psychology; became Yale Provost and later, President of the University of Pennsylvania
Richard C. Levin, Dean 1992 - 93; Economics; later became Provost and then Yale's 22nd President, 1993-2013.
Thomas Applequist, Dean 1993 - 1997; Physics.
Susan Hockfield, Dean 1998 - 2002; Neurobiology; second woman to serve as Dean; later became Yale Provost, then President of MIT, 2004-2012, the first woman and first life scientist to serve the Institute as President.
Peter Salovey, Yale PhD 1986; Dean 2002 - 2003; Psychology; later served as Dean of Yale College, Provost, and now 23rd President of Yale (2013- )
Jon Butler, Dean 2004-2010, History
Thomas Pollard, Dean 2010-2014, Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology, and Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.
Lynn Cooley, 2014-present, Genetics. Read more about Dean Cooley.
-information compiled by Lisa Brandes, 2015, from various University and School sources.