Executive Officers

Working social scientists, the SSRC’s executive officers inspire and manage programming and operations with the counsel and oversight of the Board of Directors.

Current Executive Officers

IRA KATZNELSON
President

MARY BYRNE MCDONNELL
Executive Director

RONALD KASSIMIR
Executive Program Director

A History of Leadership

1923–27

Charles E. Merriam

(chairman)

1927–29

Wesley C. Mitchell

(chairman)

1927–31

Robert S. Lynd

(permanent secretary)

1929–31

Edwin B. Wilson

(president)

1931–32

Robert S. Woodworth

(president)

1931–45

Robert T. Crane

(permanent secretary, 1931–32; executive director, 1932–45)

1945–48

Donald Young

(executive director, 1945–47; president, 1948)

1948–68

Pendleton Herring

(president)

1948–70

Paul Webbink

(vice president)

1966–71

Henry W. Riecken

(vice president, 1966–68; president, 1969–71)

1971–72

Ralph W. Tyler

(acting president)

1972–79

Eleanor Bernert Sheldon

(president)

1973–89

David L. Sills

(executive associate)

1974–78

David Jenness

(executive associate)

1979–85

Kenneth Prewitt

(president)

1985–86

Francis X. Sutton

(interim president)

1986–89

Frederic E. Wakeman Jr.

(president)

1988–89

David L. Szanton

(executive associate)

1988–89

Richard C. Rockwell

(executive associate)

1989–95

David L. Featherman

(president)

1990–95

Stanley J. Heginbotham

(vice president)

1995–98

Kenneth Prewitt

(president)

1997–present

Mary Byrne McDonnell

(executive program director, 1997–99; executive director, 1999–present)

1998–99

Orville (Bert) Brim Jr.

(interim president)

1999–2012

Craig Calhoun

(president)

2012–present

Ira Katznelson

(president)

2015–present

Ronald Kassimir

(executive program director)