President, Barnard College of Columbia University
Age 49. Children: Son, 20; Son, 17; Daughter, 13
New York, New York
Dr. Debora Spar, after a long and decorated teaching career at Harvard Business School, became the 11th President of Barnard College in 2008, a leading women's college. In her inaugural address to the college Spar said, “Over the next few years, my goal will be to take the work that Barnard’s faculty and staff have been doing brilliantly over the past several decades…and push it even further, probing to understand both the options that women now face and their capacity to choose and maneuver among them.” Beyond her career in education, Spar has written six books, her most recent being The Baby Business, which examines fertility and adoption. It is a topic that hits close to home for Spar who adopted her daughter from Russia.