Richard Light

  • Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

Richard Light is the Walter H. Gale Professor of Education at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and its Graduate School of Education. Four Harvard presidents have invited him to explore how to strengthen undergraduate education and find ways to help all undergraduates succeed. Richard is the founder and chair of the Forum for Excellence in Higher Education, begun in 2005 and funded by the Spencer Foundation. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a trustee of Wellesley College, and former president of the American Evaluation Association, an organization working to improve public sector services. Richard has authored or co-authored seven books. His most recent book, Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds (2001) was honored with the Virginia and Warren Stone Prize for best book of the year about education and society. Richard presented his paper, “Strengthening Colleges and Universities: The Harvard Assessment Seminars,” at the Forum’s 2005 Aspen Symposium. He earned his Ph.D. in statistics at Harvard University.