The 23rd President of Yale University — Peter Salovey — will serve as the keynote speaker at PromiseNet 2014 in New Haven, Conn., on Thursday, November 20. The chair of the New Haven Promise Board of Directors, Salovey is an award-winning instructor in the field of “emotional intelligence,” the theory he helped popularize in his research with John Mayer of the University of New Hampshire.
Prior to becoming president, Salovey served as the provost of Yale University from 2008 to 2013. As provost, Salovey facilitated strategic planning and initiatives such as: enhancing career development and mentoring opportunities for all Yale faculty members; promoting faculty diversity; creating the Office of Academic Integrity; establishing the University-wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct; developing the West Campus; and overseeing the University’s budget during the global financial crisis.
Other leadership roles at Yale have included: chair of the Department of Psychology from 2000 to 2003; dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2003 and 2004; and dean of Yale College from 2004 to 2008.
After receiving an A.B. (psychology) and A.M. (sociology) from Stanford University in 1980 with departmental honors and university distinction, Salovey earned three degrees at Yale in psychology: an M.S. (1983), M.Phil. (1984), and Ph.D. (1986).
As a freshman at Stanford, Salovey began listening to bluegrass music and discovered his love of the banjo. Shortly after joining the Yale faculty in 1986, he founded the Professors of Bluegrass, which has featured rotating membership — including faculty, students and New Haven residents — over time. in 2013, the band released its first album, “Pick or Perish.” Salovey serves as chairman of the board of the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Ky.