Award of Distinction Recipient
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, February 2, 2017
Eric J. Jolly is president and CEO of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, a network comprised of 2,000 foundations, funds, and organizations dedicated to improving lives in Minnesota. He received a doctorate in psychology at the University of Oklahoma in 1984, and has served in roles as professor, dean, assistant chancellor, and director for affirmative action and diversity. From 2004 – 2014, Jolly served as president of the Science Museum of Minnesota where he is credited with working tirelessly and effectively to promote access and inclusion in science education for all people. Under his leadership, the Science Museum increased visitors, membership, funding, training, programming, and national standing. He is widely recognized for his work with communities and policy makers and has published articles and books and has lectured around the world about the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Jolly serves on numerous boards, including the Bush Foundation, Capella University, and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. He also serves on the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Guiding Implementation of K-12. He was appointed by President Obama to the Institute of Museum and Library Services Board. Jolly is a life member of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and National Americans in Science, and an Advisory Council member at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.