Academy of Arts and Sciences elects three scholars from The University of Texas at Austin to class of 2003

May 6, 2003

AUSTIN, Texas—Three scholars from The University of Texas at Austin—Dr. Larry R. Faulkner, Dr. James J. Bull and Richard W. Fisher—have been elected to the 2003 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in recognition of their intellectual achievement, leadership and creativity.

Faulkner, president of The University of Texas at Austin, was elected for his work in the area of educational, scientific, cultural and philanthropic administration (nonprofit sector).

Bull, a professor of molecular biology, was honored for his work in the area of evolutionary and population biology and ecology.

Fisher, an adjunct professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, was elected for his work in business, corporate and philanthropic leadership (private sector).

Another University of Texas System scholar elected to the academy is Ellen S. Vitetta from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She was honored for her work in the area of business, corporate and philanthropic leadership (private sector).

The 2003 class of 187 Fellows and 29 Foreign Honorary Members includes four college presidents, three Nobel Prize winners and four Pulitzer Prize winners. Among this year’s new fellows and foreign honorary members are Kofi Annan, secretary-general of the United Nations; journalist Walter Cronkite; philanthropist William H. Gates Sr., co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; novelist Michael Cunningham; recording industry pioneer Ray Dolby; artist Cindy Sherman; and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Donald Glaser.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome these outstanding and influential individuals to the nation’s oldest and most illustrious learned society,” said Academy President Patricia Meyer Spacks. “Election to the American Academy is an honor that acknowledges the best of all scholarly fields and professions. Newly elected Fellows are selected through a highly competitive process that recognizes those who have made preeminent contributions to their disciplines.”

A complete list of new members is available on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Web site.

For more information contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of Public Affairs, 512-475-7847.